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How to speed up fracture healing of tibia and fibula?

How to speed up fracture healing of tibia and fibula?

Ultrasound: Tibial shaft fracture are slow healers. The average time to healing in a simple tibia fracture is about 4.5 months. There is one study that suggests applying a medical device that emits pulses of ultrasound waves to the bone for twenty minutes a day can decrease the healing time approximately by three weeks. You can argue if this is a benefit or not in a slow healing fracture. ...Read more

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Dr. Edward Kuhnley
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Fracture (Definition)

A fracture is a broken bone. As there is cartilage at the end of many bones at the joint, a fracture may also include a break in the cartilage. Fractures and broken bones are the same thing. It seems that many believe that a "fracture" is a lesser injury or an incomplete break in the bone, but this is not correct. Fractures may be displaced or ...Read more


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How to walk after tibia plateau fracture fixed with plate?

How to walk after tibia plateau fracture fixed with plate?

Tibial plateau: You will usually walk with crutches with no weight on the leg until the fracture heals which can take 6 weeks. ...Read more

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Treatment for undisplaced fracture or bone bruise of posterior medial talus and articular surface, and minor bone bruise distal calcaneous?

Treatment for undisplaced fracture or bone bruise of posterior medial talus and articular surface, and minor bone bruise distal calcaneous?

See orthopedic surg: Please see an orthopedic surgeon. Most likely need to be on crutches for a number of weeks. May need to wear a cast or boot as well. Some taler fractures also result in AVN which prolong the treatment course. ...Read more

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Broken ankle of medial malleolus + broken fibula will be out of commission for how long?

Broken ankle of medial malleolus + broken fibula will be out of commission for how long?

Fracture: A broken bone usually requires 6-8 weeks to heal on average. If surgery is required then i would count on the full 8 weeks. ...Read more

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Broken forearm surgery time for recovery (plate and screws)?

Broken forearm surgery time for recovery (plate and screws)?

12-16 weeks: It take some time longer than to healed it depends on the fractures. ...Read more

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Where exactly on ankle is a "posteromedial fracture fragment" and a "posterolateral fracture fragment" requiring screws? (Trimalleolar fx).

Where exactly on ankle is a "posteromedial fracture fragment" and a "posterolateral fracture fragment" requiring screws? (Trimalleolar fx).

Trimalleolar fractur: A trimalleolar ankle fracture by definition is an unstable ankle fracture that requires operative fixation. It includes the the distal fibula( lateral maleolous ), the medial distal end of the tibia( medial maleolous ), and the lower end of the tibia in the back of the ankle ( posterior maleolous ). The medial and lateral maleolous typically need fixation. Posterior maleolous only if >25% of joint ...Read more

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Recovery time and precautions following distal fibula fracture and orif. ?

Recovery time and precautions following distal fibula fracture and orif. ?

Depends: On the fracture type, how well the surgery went, what the doc saw intraoperatively....Hence, all these questions should be discussed with your surgeon. ...Read more

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Regarding ankle fracture, where on the ankle is the "posteromedial fracture fragment" (1 screw) and "posterolateral fracture fragment" (2 screws)?

Medial/ lateral: Medial is the inner side of the ankle, lateral the outer side. Posterior is towards the back. Hope it helps . ...Read more

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Non displaced spiral fracture of fibula and dislocated ankle. 9 screws and a plate. can walk on it relatively pain free 3 weeks post op. Bad idea??

Non displaced spiral fracture of fibula and dislocated ankle. 9 screws and a plate. can walk on it relatively pain free 3 weeks post op. Bad idea??

Sounds like: a big operation for serious injury. Pain free ambulation at 3 weeks is pretty good progress. Because of extent of injury and surgical procedure, it is impossible to give advice here. Ask your ortho surgeon for specific advice. ...Read more

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How do I heal a non-displaced transverse distal fibular fracture?

How do I heal a non-displaced transverse distal fibular fracture?

Immobilization.: Usually, these fractures are immobilized in a removable boot or cast, depending on the exact appearance of the fracture and your doctor's choice. Hopefully, you will heal this in 6 - 8 weeks. ...Read more

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Avulsion fracture of cuboid left foot. Sprain of calcaneofibular ligament in tibial walker boot, triathlete. Time to return to training??

Avulsion fracture of cuboid left foot. Sprain of calcaneofibular ligament
in tibial walker boot, triathlete. Time to return to training??

It takes about 6-8: weeks for bone to heal. If your a triathlete then I would not recommend you returning until this time elapses to ensure complete healing. Obviously you need to work closely to the doc you are seeing who will evaluate you clinically and radiographically. ...Read more

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Fractured ankle. Whats recovery time?

Depends: It will depend on how it was treated, by surgery or just y a cast, but an estimate would be 8-12 weeks, it also depends on the type of fracture. ...Read more

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How can I heal a tibia injury (hairline fracture)?

How can I heal a tibia injury (hairline fracture)?

U can't make it heal: the body is programed 2 due this all by itself. If healthy, proper diet NO SMOKING! !! & adequate calcium intake U will heal. Fractures of the junction of the middle & distal tibia have lower blood supply, so follow the advice of Ur ortho 2 a T. Don't push it. Fractures with a larger surface area involved heal better than a hairline Fx, ,which has a very small surface area & heal slowly. ...Read more

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Complete overriding fracture distal thirds of radius and ulna, bayonet apposition heals? How long?

Needs surgery: If the pt you are describing is you (26 years old) then the answer is it would most certainly be best to have this fracture fixed surgically after which it would take about 3 months for it to heal reasonably well but 2 years for it to fully remodel also check you vit d level and try to get it up to >50 ng/ml for optimal healing. ...Read more

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Fractured tibia medial malleolus non displaced no surgery, 13wks and no healing on xray. Will bearing weight or massage help healing?

Bone stimulator: As long as there is no displacement, it may just need a little jump start. The best way to do achieve this is via a bone stimulator. A device about the size of an ipod is strapped to your leg and transmits a current across the fracture site. Such a charge is actually a physiologic response to bone healing. ...Read more

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Tfcc injured. Will immobilization of the wrist heal cartilage?

Tfcc injured. Will immobilization of the wrist heal cartilage?

Varies: It varies quite a bit, depending in part on the severity of the injury to the TFCC. Some people may have a very mild injury and do fine without even immobilization, while others can have injuries severe enough they need surgery. Initial immobilization is appropriate for many TFCC injuries to see if they will heal. May want to discuss specifics if your injury with your MD. ...Read more

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Severe intrarticular comminuated fracture of radius, ulna and avulsion stylod six months ago with shifting while in cast still pain palm near thumb?

Severe intrarticular comminuated fracture of radius, ulna and avulsion stylod six months ago with shifting while in cast still pain palm near thumb?

Palm and thumb pain: Can be due to many things, post fracture joint issues, things that have nothing to do with the actual fracture such as arthritis or tendonitis and some things that overlap , a careful followup exam and good follow up xrays may help sort this out. ...Read more

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How long should swelling last with compound fracture of tibia and fibula?

Variable: Can last for awhile but see your surgeon to rule out infection... ...Read more