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Dr. Mark Pack
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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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What is the difference between a broken bone and a fractured bone?

What is the difference between a broken bone and a fractured bone?

No difference: Fracture or broken assumes a disruption of the bone integrity. There are many variations including degree of displacement and complexity of the fracture lines. ...Read more

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What is the difference between a fractured bone and a broken bone?

What is the difference between a fractured bone and a broken bone?

None: They are different terms for the same thing. Fracture can vary in severity and problems. Almost always there is trauma to the soft tissues surrounding the bone. When it is open (exposed to the outside environment) it is much more serious since infection risk is higher. The higher the energy that caused the fracture, the more problems that attend the fracture. ...Read more

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What is the difference between a bone break and a bone fracture?

Symantecs: A fracture or break is the same thing. There are degrees of fractures or breaks. One can have a small crack in the bone and not be through and through or one can have total separation of the bone fragments. They really are one and the same. ...Read more

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How to tell difference between carpal bone fracture and sprain?

How to tell difference between carpal bone fracture and sprain?

By X-ray: Both will have pain swelling, loss of function x-ray will differentiate one from other ...Read more

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What is the difference between a deviated septum and nasal bone fracture?

What is the difference between a deviated septum and nasal bone fracture?

One is inside: A deviated septum refers to crooked or displaced bone and cartilage inside the nose. This can cause blockage of the nasal passages. The nasal bones are on the outside of the upper part of the nose. Both or either the nasal bones and the nasal septum can be broken. Broken nasal bones may cause the outside of the nose to become crooked. ...Read more

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What is the difference between a deviated septum and a nasal bone fracture?

What is the difference between a deviated septum and a nasal bone fracture?

Deviated septum: A deviated septum describes the wall which divides the nose into lefty and right nostril when it is not aligned to the midline. A nasal bone fracture describes a broken portion of the nasal bones. Both can be corrected surgically. Have your nose evaluated by a board certified otolaryngologist, ...Read more

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What are the surgical options to fix unequal arm bone length. The cause is damaged growth plates from childhood fracture. 8mm difference in the bones.

Let me explain: Do you have any problem with it? What bone is it?
Usually unless you have problem? I do not recommend the bone lengthen, Please let me know. ...Read more

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What's a common symptom for fractured bone?

What's a common symptom for fractured bone?

Fracture: All of those are true but stress fractures can present without deformity but have pain and bruising ...Read more

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How long will a fractured bone take to heal?

How long will a fractured bone take to heal?

Fracture: The general response is 6 weeks. But it depends upon the personality of the fracture. Some bones are displaced, have poor blood supply, have multiple pieces, may be in immunocompromised hosts. Some don't heal & are called nonunions. ...Read more

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Could you possibly re-injure a fractured bone?

Could you possibly re-injure a fractured bone?

Fracture: Yes it is certainly possible to re-fracture a bone especially is there is another trauma or incident that causes injury. If this is the case an x-ray is warranted. Best of luck! ...Read more

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How can you fix an already healed fractured bone?

Yes: I assume you are referring to a fracture that healed in the wrong position. We call this a "mal-union". In other words the fracture healed in a position that may be unacceptable. It can be taken down, repositioned and fixed in a new or perhaps better position. ...Read more

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Willsleeping more help a fractured bone to deal faster?

Not really: A fracture will take a certain amount of time
to heal depending on the type and location
if you are a healthy individual, there is not
much you can really do to make it heal faster
if you have some medical or electrolyte or
vitamin deficiencies, you might benefit from
having those corrected first. ...Read more

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Which is the most commonly fractured bone in children?

Which is the most commonly fractured bone in children?

Clavicle: It is my understanding that the clavicle is the first bone to completely ossify (finish forming) and most broken at any age. ...Read more

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Could a fractured bone still hurt even after it is healed?

Could a fractured bone still hurt even after it is healed?

Many signs: Cartilage is needed for normal joint motion. Damage to cartilage may lead to crepitation, pain, swelling, inflammation, and limitation of motion of the affected joint. If you have injury to the cartilage, you may develop arthritic pain when the joint is put through a range of motion. ...Read more

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What is the amount of time it takes to heal a fractured bone?

What is the amount of time it takes to heal a fractured bone?

6-8 weeks: In a healthy individual, bone normally takes between 6-8 weeks. If the break is severe and resulted in gapping between the fracture fragments, it may take longer to bridge the gap. ...Read more

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Please describe the most commonly fractured bone in children?

Please describe the most commonly fractured bone in children?

Radius: In my general orthopaedic practice, the fracture I see most commonly in children is the radius near the wrist which we call the distal (far end) radius. This is commonly considered to be a fractured wrist. ...Read more

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What could happen if you left a broken or fractured bone untreated?

Some time it heal: By it self some time it dose not.
1-nonhealing.
2-healed with deformity which to limited mobility or limited function.
3-it could growth disturbance of the bone.
4-it cause cosmetic problem.
5-it could effect the nerve function.
6-it could joint dysfunction. ...Read more

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Once you have a metal placed on a fractured bone, is it possible to get it removed?

Yes, if problematic: Hardware is not routinely removed unless it becomes problematic from either a symptom causing standpoint (patient complaint of pain or discomfort) or from a surgeon standpoint (hardware in way of future surgery, at or near a joint and thus confounding advanced imaging [mri], or at risk for breakage). ...Read more

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Does a broken bone ever really heal completely?

Yes: Actually when bone heals completely it is stronger than original. ...Read more

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How does a fractured bone differ from a broken bone?

How does a fractured bone differ from a broken bone?

It doesn't.: In basic terms, the two are interchangeable. Po-tay-to, po-tah-to! ...Read more

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What are some recent advances in broken bone repair?

What are some recent advances in broken bone repair?

Many!: Some 'recent' advances in fracture fixation and healing include:the use of locked plating in osteopenic bone, the use of bone graft substitutes instead of the pts. Own bone (demineralized bone matrix and others)to speed the healing of fractures, precontoured plates for specific fractures. .. See your ors for other examples! ...Read more

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Is it possible to break a bone and not know you have a broken bone?

Yes: Usually a fracture causes significant pain and swelling, alerting the patient and physician to the problem. Sometimes, though, fractures can be missed on radiographs and go undiagnosed. Other imaging studies can be helpful in those instances. ...Read more

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Even if there are no visible marks, is it possible to have a broken bone?

Yes: Although rare to have a fracture or broken bone without swelling and bruising over it, it is possible. ...Read more

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By how many degrees does a broken bone have to be offset to have to get re-broken?

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 more

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Debilitating pain and feels like a broken bone but then it goes away. What could be causing this?

Debilitating pain and feels like a broken bone but then it goes away. What could be causing this?

# of things: It could be any of a number of things. Your doctor should see you and do a history physical, possibly run some tests, then let you know what's going on. ...Read more

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Can epsom salts be used for a broken bone?

Epsom Salts: Epsom salt is a magnesium salt that can help relax muscles. I don't see how it could help with a broken bone unless you have a lot of muscle pain/guarding around the broken bone. ...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


Bone (Definition)

Bone is a living growing tissue made mostly of collagen (protein that provides soft framework) & the mineral calcium phosphate that adds strength & hardens the framework. Two types of bone are found in the body; cortical (dense compact outer layer) & trabecular (makes up inner layer, ...Read more