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I broke my fifth metacarpal and my ulna. Can doctors fix both at the same time?

I broke my fifth metacarpal and my ulna. Can doctors fix both at the same time?

Ulna and fifth mc fx: can certainly be fixed at the same time if indicated. Fixation of bone is used to improve and hold position, allow early mobilization and stabilize bones that are not stable enough with casting or pinning closed. ...Read more

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Could i break, fracture and sprain my forearm all at the same time?

Could i break, fracture and sprain my forearm all at the same time?

Technically yes: A break and a fracture are synonyms, they mean the same thing. When you fracture our arm you do in fact sprain the muscles in your arm from the trauma inflicted that also causes the fracture/break ...Read more

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Every time i apply pressure to my radius, i feel it and my ulna shift at the wrist joint, what is wrong?

Every time i apply pressure to my radius, i feel it and my ulna shift at the wrist joint, what is wrong?

DRUJ? TFCC: It's time to get evaluated. Pain and shifting at the wrist could be a variant of normal or even being a sign of an injury to your DRUJ or TFCC. Both are critical structures, see your orthopedic surgeon today who will examine you and get initial imaging as well. Many times an MRI is needed. ...Read more

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When I broke both my femurs at 6, I was put in a hip-spica cast. When I break my femur now at 17+, would the same type of casting be used? (OI T1)

When I broke both my femurs at 6, I was put in a hip-spica cast. When I break my femur now at 17+, would the same type of casting be used? (OI T1)

No: You are right in that femur fractures in children are often treated with a spica cast, but adults are usually treated with some form of internal fixation. This usually is a rod, but other options are a plate or an external fixator based on fracture type. Spica casts are not usually used in an adult. ...Read more

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Can I re-fracture my 4th metatarsal in the same spot?

Can I re-fracture my 4th metatarsal in the same spot?

Sure: An injury or misalignment from a previous fracture can result in fracture in the same spot. It's unfortunate but it can happen. ...Read more

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Is there a surgery that can fix my broken thumb? 15 years ago i jammed my thumb straight on and dislocated the first joint down from thumbnail. I finally got X-ray done the other day. My dr. Said he saw a break in the bone and referred me to hand speciali

Is there a surgery that can fix my broken thumb? 15 years ago i jammed my thumb straight on and dislocated the first joint down from thumbnail. I finally got X-ray done the other day. My dr. Said he saw a break in the bone and referred me to hand speciali

If : If the injury is 15 years old and the joint is destroyed and is painful such that the pain is an issue affecting your use of the thumb then the hand surgeon may discuss arthrodesis or fusion of the joint with you. There are other factors such as your usable motion right now, the adjacent joints and what is going on with them in terms of motion and or pain as well as the risks and benefits of the procedure vs your stated dysfunction with the thumb. ...Read more

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How can I repair my bottom denture that broke in half? The dentists are closed until monday. I dropped my bottom plate and it broke right in half.

How can I repair my bottom denture that broke in half? The dentists are closed until monday. I dropped my bottom plate and it broke right in half.

This : This is not a home repair project. You run the risk of damaging the denture to the point that it cannot be repaired. Wait until monday to have it professionally repaired. ...Read more

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What's wrong with my pinky knuckle? How do I pop it back in place? I had just recovered from a boxers fracture on my 5th metacarpol head and when i took off the splint their was no knuckle to be found. When i close my fist and try to open it all the way m

What's wrong with my pinky knuckle? How do I pop it back in place? I had just recovered from a boxers fracture on my 5th metacarpol head and when i took off the splint their was no knuckle to be found. When i close my fist and try to open it all the way m

Boxer's fractures...: Typically angulate the head of the metacarpal (the "knuckle" ) toward the palm. If not reduced, it may heal in that position. Some angulation like that is ok, but if too angulated the finger will tend to collapse in a zig zag fashion. See a hand surgeon, get an xray, find out if further treatment is needed. Good luck! ...Read more

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I had my big toe fused together in june with screws it end up breaking my toe. In much pain, what are my options.

I had my big toe fused together in june with screws it end up breaking my toe. In much pain, what are my options.

Refuse: In order to fuse the great toe in the first place, the articular surfaces must be sacrificed. Therefore, the only alternative ot a painful pseudoarthrosis, is a refusion procedure, perhpas with screws and a plate this time. It might also help to supplement the fusion with an electrical bone stimulator. ...Read more

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I have avn in both my knees my left knee is the worse of the two will my boyfriend be able to stay with me in the hospital after my open knee surgery?

I have avn in both my knees my left knee is the worse of the two will my boyfriend be able to stay with me in the hospital after my open knee surgery?

Talk to the hospital: Each hospital has different policies. Call the hospital and let them know about your plan. They may have rooms with an additional bed for a friend/family member. ...Read more

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I broke my 4th metacarpal in my right hand right on top of where a pin was already screwed in. (Its not completely broken) Do I need a surgery?

I broke my 4th metacarpal in my right hand right on top of where a pin was already screwed in. (Its not completely broken) Do I need a surgery?

Interference.: Not all broken bones have to have surgery for satisfactory healing. Having said that, if it is determined that the pin inserted during a previous procedure has the potential to interfere or even prevent proper healing of the current fracture, then surgery is entirely possible. ...Read more

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I have broken my ankle in two places and am on approximately my 9th week in cast. What can I expect at my appointment on Monday?

I have broken my ankle in two places and am on approximately my 9th week in cast.  What can I expect at my appointment on Monday?

A bit long in cast: 9 wks is a bit long for routine casting if undisplayed fracture ( no surgery) then should be starting some range of motion and progressive wt bearing please disc with your treating doctor ...Read more

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I got surgery on Thursday to put screws into my 3rd and 4th metacarpals after I broke them. My hand is still very swollen and my fingers are looked bruised and have yellowness to them. Is this normal? Thanks ~Cody

I got surgery on Thursday to put screws into my 3rd and 4th metacarpals after I broke them. My hand is still very swollen and my fingers are looked bruised and have yellowness to them. Is this normal? Thanks ~Cody

Yes: Make sure you call your treating surgeon and follow up as directed. Bruising from your original injury turns yellow as your immune system cleans up the damage, like a black eye. If you can wiggle your fingers and feel all of your fingers on both sides be able to report that to your surgeon. In person is the best place to evaluate your neurovascular status and any postoperative problem. ...Read more

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How long should the swelling of my hand take to go down.I broke my thumb bone at the bottom they said it was a clean break on the 25 of this month.?

How long should the swelling of my hand take to go down.I broke my thumb bone at the bottom they said it was a clean break  on the 25 of this month.?

72 + hours: General inflammation usually peaks at 72+ hours and then slowly resolves. A broken thumb is significant, and it would not be at all unusual for the swelling to be noticeable for 2 weeks. Feel better soon. ...Read more

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Can my r.A. Be the reason I have broken both fifth metatarsals of the feet?

Can my r.A. Be the reason I have broken both fifth metatarsals of the feet?

Possible if osteopor: Possible if you have significant osteoporosis associated with your ra. You should have a bone density study to check you bone mass. ...Read more

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I broke my ulna and radius. Will this affect my ability to use my hand?

I broke my ulna and radius. Will this affect my ability to use my hand?

It certainly may: The break (fracture) extends into a joint itself in an adult. In such cases it may be very important to restore the joint by surgery. In children it is not rare that both forearm bones are broken like a green stick snapping (we call these "greenstick" fractures); usually treated well in a cast, often including the elbow. In adults, "both bone" forearm fractures usually require surgery to fix. ...Read more

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My wife fell and broke her leg to day the tibia is split both bones are broke off of the ankle should she be in surgery tonight they wraped it and we are to call a surgen on monday is this right

My wife fell and broke her leg to day the tibia is split  both bones are broke off of the ankle should she be in surgery tonight they wraped it and we are to call a surgen  on monday is this right

As : As long as the skin is intact and the joint is not dislocated, it is okay to delay ankle fracture surgery several days. This allows the swelling to improve. She needs to elevate the ankle above her heart. Hopefully she has seen a surgeon by now. ...Read more

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My fracture is in the middle of my forearm and both radius and ulna are severed. My surgeon does not want to do surgery. Is this a risky decision?

It depends: Mainly how well the bones segments are aligned. If it is good, no surgery is a good option and immobilization is all what is needed. ...Read more

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I broke my 2nd metacarpal and got screws put in last week, when is the fastest i can play basketball again?

I broke my 2nd metacarpal and got screws put in last week, when is the fastest i can play basketball again?

It depends: Typically, once the skin incision heals, you have full range of the motion of the wrist and fingers, minimal pain and see some healing of the bones on x-rays, you can return. This will be somewhat of a judgement call and you should certainly follow the advice of your surgeon. Most patients can return within 2-6 weeks. If I can help, then join my team at www.healthtap.com/dr-clarkeholmes ...Read more