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Dr. Harinder Gill
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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 can I tell if I have a hairline fracture in my arm, or if it is just sore?

How can I tell if I have a hairline fracture in my arm, or if it is just sore?

Pain and x-ray: Pain dose not go away in few days, then x-ray will confrim the fracture. ...Read more

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Hit to the proximal end of ulna. What would my arm look like if there was a hairline fracture? There is currently swelling and pain upon only that spot to the touch

Hit to the proximal end of ulna. What would my arm look like if there was a hairline fracture? There is currently swelling and pain upon only that spot to the touch

Varies: It varies somewhat. A "hairline" fracture would by definition be non displaced, so you would not expect any obvious deformity. Swelling, pain, and tenderness to palpating would be expected. X-rays are really the main way we evaluate for a fracture if thers was significant injury and exam concerning for a fracture. ...Read more

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Sports injury: shoulder sling recommendation for student living in the city. On saturday morning I dislocated my shoulder and sustained a hairline fracture on the top ball of my humerous bone. My doctor is recommending that I fully immobilize my right arm

Sports injury: shoulder sling recommendation for student living in the city. On saturday morning I dislocated my shoulder and sustained a hairline fracture on the top ball of my humerous bone. My doctor is recommending that I fully immobilize my right arm

Sling and swathe: Buy a shoulder sling that has a strap that goes around your waist to best immobilize it. This is called a shoulder immobilizer aka a sling and swathe. You really cannot cast a shoulder unless you want it wrapped around your chest. Also you may find sleeping in a easy chair or recliner will be much more comfortable for the first week or so. ...Read more

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What is a hairline fracture?

What is a hairline fracture?

Capillary fracture: A minor fracture that appears on x-ray film as a thin line between two segments of a bone. The segments remain in alignment and the fracture may not extend completely through the bone. ...Read more

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How to care for a hairline fracture?

How to care for a hairline fracture?

Depends on age: Infants need a couple weeks of protection 4 none wt bearing boxes. The wt bearing need a cast or brace 4 protection. The older kids become the more protection the4need & 4 a little longer. ...Read more

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What does a hairline fracture feel like?

What does a hairline fracture feel like?

Pain, with: Certain specific motions, minimal swelling, xrays that may only show the fracture in certain views are characteristic of hairline fracture (line on x-ray is the width of a hair). ...Read more

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If you had a hairline fracture, how severe would be the pain?

If you had a hairline fracture, how severe would be the pain?

Varies: Depending onperson's threshold for pain as well as exposure to pressure/stress on area such as weightbearing or motion affecting area. ...Read more

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What is the cure for a hairline fracture?

What is the cure for a hairline fracture?

Stress relief: Relieve the srtess on the bone and give it time to heal. For most hairline/stress fractures 3 weeks does it. ...Read more

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Hairline fracture in hip, does it get worse?

Hairline fracture in hip, does it get worse?

Hip fracture: Hip fractures can be very serious injuries and can lead to long-term problems such as arthritis. Even a hairline fracture can displace (shift) - make sure to follow your surgeons' recommendations. ...Read more

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How long for a hairline fracture of hip to heal?

How long for a hairline fracture of hip to heal?

Hip fracture: Typically six weeks is necessary for any fracture to mend. There are extenuating circumstances however. Compression side fractures can generally be left alone and allowed to heal naturally. Fractures on the tension inside of the bone however commonly need internal fixation. See your orthopedic surgeon to know for sure. ...Read more

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What can the hospital do for a hairline fracture?

What can the hospital do for a hairline fracture?

Splinting/casting..: Depending on where the fracture is, treatment will vary. "hairline fracture" means just a small crack and the bone itself is pretty much intact. Splinting or casting (removable cast too) for a few wks may help. Foot/ankle fractures tend to take longer because of their weight-bearing nature. From hospital er, you likely be sent back to your doc for care. Consult doc. Good luck. ...Read more

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Can a hairline fracture be confused with a fissure?

Can a hairline fracture be confused with a fissure?

Blood vessels: Blood vessels that enter the bone can often be mistaken for fractures. The pathway of the blood vessel through the bone can look like a fracture. ...Read more

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How long will it take for a hip hairline fracture to heal?

6weeks: Nonweight bearing these are usually fix necause chance of displacement with wiegjt bearing displacement carries the risk of avascular necrosis disaster in young people. ...Read more

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How long does a hairline fracture to the wrist take to heal?

How long does a hairline fracture to the wrist take to heal?

Depends: Bones take atleast 6 weeks to heal and the joint a few weeks to regain its flexibility and function. ...Read more

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How long does a hairline fracture of the patella take to heal?

How long does a hairline fracture of the patella take to heal?

Fracture: Varies depending on severity of fracture, displacement, age of patient, smoking status, etc. In general, most fractures that are minimally displaced will heal in 6-8 wks. Most displaced fractures can take longer and may not heal at all. Surgery may be needed to approximate the ends of the bone if widely separated. ...Read more

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How long before one can walk on a hairline fracture to the fibula?

How long before one can walk on a hairline fracture to the fibula?

Depends...: Probably could walk on it right away, with protection. It really depends on where the bone was broken. A lot has to do with what soft tissue may have been damaged based on the mechanism of the fracture. Most people get along well due to the fact that the fibula bears only a small portion of the weight - the vast majority is on the tibia. You may be inconvenienced to varying degrees though. ...Read more

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How can you tell if you have a hairline fracture or just a sprain?

How can you tell if you have a hairline fracture or just a sprain?

Fractures: The best way to evaluate for a fracture is with radiographs (xrays) and a physical exam by your local orthopaedic surgeon. 99% of fractures can be identified this way. The other 1% may need a CT scan or MRI to identify if there is a fracture. ...Read more

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What should be done with a hairline fracture on proximal humerous?

What should be done with a hairline fracture on proximal humerous?

Rest in a sling: This fracture will heal with rest in a sling over about 6-12 weeks. ...Read more

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Can I tell if I have a hairline fracture or pulled/injured ligaments?

Can I tell if I have a hairline fracture or pulled/injured ligaments?

See a doctor: An x-ray will need to be taken to rule out a fracture and then an exam to determine ligament injury. ...Read more

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Please suggest what foods would help heal a broken bone or hairline fracture?

Please suggest what foods would help heal a broken bone or hairline fracture?

The best thing is to have: The normal well-balanced diet and keep being in good health. Do not take excessive vitamins or minerals and make sure you have a normal healthy intake of protein fats and carbohydrates. Make sure there aren't any deficiencies in your diet that made one at risk to an injury. ...Read more

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How long is it supposed to it take for a hairline fracture in the ribs to heal?

How long is it supposed to it take for a hairline fracture in the ribs to heal?

Weeks to months: The healing time of fractures in ribs and other bones depends on displacement of fracture fragments. If no displacement fracture usually heals the quickest. Rib fractures if not displaced are one of fastest healing fractures. Hairline fracture is nondisplaced fracture. Healing begins in 10 days and usually compete by couple months. ...Read more

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Please explain me what is hairline fracture in ribs? And how to cure & take care of it?

"hairline" = "faint": Generally this term is used to describe a fracture that is just barely seen on x-ray. It will hurt just as bad as a fracture that is more easily seen, or mildly displaced. ...Read more

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What are some signs and symptoms of a metacrapal hairline fracture or just regular fracture?

Pain: An unstable fracture will have deformity but a stress fracture could displace if ignored. Generally they have focal pain over the bone. X-rays are the way to know forvsure. ...Read more

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How long before I can walk if I broke my lower tibia and have a hairline fracture about an inch above?

Lower tibia fracture: Follow your doctor's instructions as to when you can start weight bearing. If you have not done so, please consult a podiatrist or foot and ankle orthopedic surgeon for treatment. ...Read more

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Reasons for not casting, hairline fracture with active lifestyle (unable to modify), splinting not controlling pain?

Not any.: As long as there is motion of a fractured bone, there will be pain. In order to relieve the pain one must immobilize the fractured part long enough to permit healing. ...Read more

Dr. Jeffrey Wint
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Broken Bone (Definition)

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