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Is There Always Swelling With A Broken Bone
Healing rates vary: The healing rates can vary depending on the individual, on the extent and type of fracture, and on the treatment. ...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
My husband broke one of his back ribs. There is a large lump where the rib was broken. Is this the muscle swelling from the broken bone piercing it?
Don't exactly kno-: -what a "back rib" is, but I assume U mean a regular rib near the spine. All healing bones have an area of swelling around them, especially visible in thinner people. This is a normal finding. ...Read more
Swollen ankles/bone: You may need to limit activity for several weeks to prevent aggravating the fractured area and causing inflammation and swelling/ pain which will cause entire leg to swell down to ankles and you will have more pain undoubtedly. This is the time to allow healing. There are anti- inflammatory medications ( nsaids ) which can help with pain and swelling. See orthopedic. -go to er if one leg swells. ...Read more
What can I do if i've had a fractured bone in my leg and I am having severe swelling and bruising in my ankle?
See a specialist: I am not sure from your description if these two issues are occurring at same time. I would highly recommend you see your primary care doctor, a podiatrist or orthopedist for thorough evaluation. ...Read more
How do I heal pain in my ankle after running for my half marathon this weekend? There is no real swelling or bone fracture.
Rest, ice and::
Start with resting and icing it to cool things down, an acewrap to support it would be helpful. Gentle exercises would be helpful, within limits of discomfort initially, and gradually increase them as pain reduces.
Nsaids like Ibuprofen type medication would help. I am sure you'll be painfree in about 5-10 days time. If not see your doctor. ...Read more
12 weeks of stable ankle fabula fracture bone completely heal som swelling and stiffness when to start normal walk how long does stiffness finish?
Ankle fracture: Stiffness, soreness, & swelling can persist for several months after the bone has healed. Start with a low impact exercise & stretching program & increase activities as tolerated. ...Read more
I broken my right foot 7 weeks ago during an accident. Doctor said it was fracture of 5th metatarsal bone. Why is the pain and swelling still hasn't gone down?
5th met fracture: Generally it takes 6-8 weeks for bones to show radio graphic healing (x-ray healing) but reality is that bones take longer to heal completely. If you didn't have surgery, usually 3-4 months of healing and recovery is needed, but because it's the 5th met, you may still need surgery (it's a difficult bone to heal, sorry). Best of luck! ...Read more
My 84 yr old mom has extreme pain in upper arm with some swelling, X-ray says no bone fracture...Where do we go from here. It is interrupting sleep.?
I feel this sharp pain in the middle of my right shin bone whenever i apply pressure or run. Mri scan showed swelling but no stress fracture, please help?
Had stress fracture in foot. Wore boot 1 mo. 4 mo. Later foot still swollen tho doc said bone healed. No pain just noticeable swelling not improving.?
Stress Fractures: Can cause long term swelling. Repetitive trauma to an area that underwent a stress fracture will continue to have stress-induced swelling. If you are not wearing an orthotic in your shoe that helps to displace pressure and impact trauma away from the fracture site, then you will continue to have stress-type symptoms in that area, including post-injury swelling. ...Read more
Injured foot 2 weeks ago, x-rays showed no fracture doctor said bone bruising. Swelling and pain still present with rest? Should i go back to doctors?
Stress fracture 3rd met, not healed (some callus), sore, some swelling after 20 weeks. Specialist says ORIF & bone graft to help healing. Best option?
I would consider: A bone stimulator if u have not already ...Read more
Bone healed in 5 th metatarsal fracture.. Does nerve damage cause swelling & pain in foot ankle leg thigh and my hip? Ankle cracks some painfull
Could make it heal: Chemotherapy , if it works well, can clear up the cancer cells enough that the bone could heal. If chemo does not work then of course the bone problem can only get worse. Sometimes application of local radiotherapy can help accomplish healing better than chemo can. So ask your doctor about this option. ...Read more
It depends/varies: Most broken bones heal within 6 to 8 weeks. Accordingly the pain associated with fractures should go away slowly and be gone by 2-3 months. But if a bone is not properly allligned in order to heal normally, it may remain painful for a long period of time as the weight bearing will be difficult in a mal-aligned bone. ...Read more
Both painful: A growth plate injury is considered a specialized type of fracture. Both are painful though some growth plate injuries can demonstrate minimal symptoms. ...Read more
broken bone: Not all broken bones need surgery. Those that do require surgery should be fixed as soon as the soft tissues allow. This varies depending on location. For example, some ankle injuries require a bit longer to allow swelling to resolve before the skin is safe for surgery. Other injuries should be fixed asap such as hip fractures or femur fractures. Talk with your ortho doc. ...Read more
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 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