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I had orif for galeazzi fracture on oct12 and pop for 2 weeks.Now having dislocated druj non union of ulnar styloid, no pain now.What i need to do now?
Need to see your --: Surgeon, and have him reevaluate you. Nonunion is not diagnosed after 7-8 weeks. It probably is a delayed union. So he might need to keep you in a cast till it heals. Its too early to label it as nonunion. You might need a bone stimulator for about 8-12 weeks, to promote healing. Resurgical fixation might be helpful. If not getting anywhere then you might consider a 2nd opinion. Good luck. ...Read more
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
Should i return to the ER to have my fractured pinky re-splinted? I fractured my pinky yesterday and went to the ER to have it splinted. However, i believe the splint was put on incorrectly(it's weirdly bent and was cutting off circulation).
If : If you are concerned about circulation you should return to the er right away. If you cannot, you can try to gently loosen the splint, however if your fracture was reduced ( put back in place) the splint may be there to hold the fracture in that new position and you should nt just take it off. Typically one splints the distal and proximal interphalangeal joints (near the nail and the joint above it) in extension or straight and the metacarpal phalangeal joints ( what we commonly refer to as our knuckles) in flexion. However swelling after a fracture can make a bandage get tighter and even if the bandage is not tight a flexed joint can compromise circulation if the finger swells too. Best to go back to the er or follow up with a hand surgeon in your area quickly. But if your circulation is compromised do not wait. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Not always: Based on degrees of offset. Fractures need to be "set" if there is more than a 2 mm. Gap or obviously malaligned. The idea is to get the fragments as close together as possible, along with as normal alignment as can be obtained. If healed already, then revisiting the fracture is done only if it is causing some other problem. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I had a severe injury in may of this year. Fractured ulna and dislocation of elbow. Any comments re: surgery?
Monteggia?: A fracture of the ulna w/ associated radial head subluxation / dislocation (@ elbow) is known as a monteggia fx./ dislocation. If recognized treatment is orif of the ulna( plating) and reduction of the radial head dislocation.( it usually reduces spontaneously after fixing ulna)... ...Read more
Is it possible to re-injure healed spinal compression fractures. Did not have pain until accident but doctor says fractures are chronic not recent.
Compression fxs: Yes you can ,but at your age would consider that you have injured other parts of the spine( facets, disc, ligaments,muscles ) ...Read more
Fractured my foot about 8 months ago and it started throbbing again after I smacked my other foot yesterday. Normal? I'm assuming they're not related
Not likely: But get an x-ray to make certain. If you do, you are low on vitamin D3 ...Read more
Easy to break a rib!: If you've had an injury that puts unusual force against a rib, you may be able to feel a very tender spot at the point of fracture. An xray can confirm a fracture. Often, however, you don't see the fracture initially - but a little while later, after new bone has formed around the fracture site. You often don't do much - other than comfort measures - as the broken rib heals...About six weeks! ...Read more
It depends.: You can have fractures from major ot minor trauma. If you have a fracture for example from osteoporosis, than maybe you should see your internist and get started on a regimen for that. If the pain is severe and you can no longer tolerate the pain, then there may be other options and you should see a spinal specialist. ...Read more
Pain control: Pain control is the mainstay for fractured ribs. Only on rare occasions, when patients are polytraumatized, we will operate on them using plates and screws to improve their lung function and decrease their stay in the icu. Otherwise, we let them heal on their own. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
5th metatarsal: It is important that you see a physician and have a x-ray to determine if you have a fracture. If there is a fracture then treatment options usually consist of crutches, boot/ cast, or surgery. There is a chance that a fifth metatarsal fracture may be a “jones fracture” and have a high risk for nonunion, or failure to heal properly. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Many ways: A fall, an accident, just about anyway you can break any bone. What breaks? Any part of the spine can break there are multiple vertebrae, these are the bones that comprise the spine, they are named after the region of the body they are in; cervical, thoracic, lumbar..Any one can crack or fracture. ...Read more
3 stages: There are three major phases of fracture healing, two of which can be further sub-divided to make a total of five phases; 1. Reactive phase i. Fracture and inflammatory phase ii. Granulation tissue formation 2. Reparative phase iii. Cartilage callus formation iv. Lamellar bone deposition 3. Remodeling phase v. Remodeling to original bone contour. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Is it broken or fractured is a question I am often asked. The answer is basically that a broken or fractured bone is the same thing. A fracture means a break in the cortex or the strong layer of outer bone cells. In an adult the average time for that to heal varies greatly but is often considered to ...Read more