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Dr. Sanjiv Kaul
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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 long does it take to heal a c1 & C2 neck fracture?

How long does it take to heal a c1 & C2 neck fracture?

3+ months: Fractures of c1 and c2 range from very mild fractures to severe fractures that place the spinal cord at risk. Some need a simple collar, some a halo, and others a surgery. Depending on the specific fracture and how it is treated, it can take 3-6 months to be completely healed. All c1 and c2 fractures should be seen by a spine surgeon to make sure they heal properly to protect your spinal cord. ...Read more

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Fractures of c1 and c2, bones show vertical cracks. After over 15 weeks there is no evidence of healing and no known situation or condition to cause ?

Fractures of c1 and c2, bones show
vertical cracks.  After over 15 weeks there is no evidence of healing and
no known situation or condition to cause ?

Interesting...: Did you have any trauma to cause the fracture? Healing depends on your age, other medical problems, and degree of displacement with the fractures and whether or not you were immobilized (e.g. Collar etc.) and bone quality. Many fractures usually heal within 3 months if only minimally displaced and immobilized. Key things to know is whether you are symptomatic (pain, neuro deficit) or unstable. ...Read more

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I have a c1/c2 fracture. Informed spine is leaning inward instead of straight. Do I run a risk of having to have surgery?

I have a c1/c2 fracture. Informed spine is leaning inward instead of straight. Do I run a risk of having to have surgery?

Potentially: There are a number of fractures that involve the first and second cervical vertibrae (c1-c2) and surgery is based in part on the stability of the fracture and the likelihood of successful healing with and without surgery. Thank you for your question. ...Read more

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How long does it take for a C2 vertabrae fracture to heal?

3+ months: Fractures of c2 range from very mild fractures to severe fractures that place the spinal cord at risk. Some need a simple collar, some a halo, and others a surgery. Depending on the specific fracture and how it is treated, it can take 3-6 months to be completely healed. All c2 fractures should be seen by a spine surgeon to make sure they heal properly to protect your spinal cord. ...Read more

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How long does it take for a C2 fracture to heal?

6-8 weeks: Hopefully, you're seeing a cervical spine specialist, who can follow you until it is completely healed. ...Read more

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How long does it take for a C2 vertabrae fracture to heal, my son fractured the vertabrae in his neck back in may, now he is experiencing numbness. ?

How long does it take for a C2 vertabrae fracture to heal, my son fractured the vertabrae in his neck back in may, now he is experiencing numbness. ?

Contact neuro: Of course the numbness could be due to a number of issues, but a neuropathy or other issue stemming from the fracture would be the most concerning. I would call the neurosurgeon immediately, first thing in the am, and discuss this with their nurse, to get proper testing and evaluation done. This is not one you can wait on. ...Read more

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Long-term effects of c1 fracture?

Long-term effects of c1 fracture?

Call Atlas fracture: Need surgery in order to avoid neurological complication as instability of the head. ...Read more

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Will I ever completely heal from my C2 spine fracture?

Yes you could if : Properly treated. Complications of c2 fracture treatment are nonunion, malunion, pseudoarthrosis formation, infection, neurovascular injury, acute airway compromise, and hardware failure. The risks of nonunion, malunion, and pseudoarthrosis formation are lessened with surgical treatment. As with any surgical procedure, risk of infection always exists. ...Read more

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C2 neck fracture with halo neck brace. How long will i be wearing this?

C2 neck fracture with halo neck brace. How long will i be wearing this?

Spine surgeon: I think that in your case, you need to find this out from your spine surgeon. I assume that you have one who fitted you with the halo. ...Read more

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Dr. Jeffrey Wint
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Broken Bone (Definition)

A bone fracture is a condition in which there is a break in the bone. It can be caused by a high force injury or it may result from a previous medical condition that involves weakening of the bone. Common symptoms include severe pain, swelling of the surrounding ...Read more