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Is There Always Swelling With A Broken Bone
Fractures are bone: Injury and there are many degrees of injury from simple hairline cracks to complete disruption and destruction of an area , swelling is often related to the severity of injury, and the general health of the patient and how the fracture is treated in then jury period. Still one can have an injury that is severe and swollen without a fracture and yes there can be a fracture that shows no selling. ...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
Soft tissue injury: When bones fracture they release a large amount of energy into the soft tissue around them which damages that tissue. In addition swelling also occurs as part of the healing response as blood flow increases to the area around the broken bone which also causes swelling. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
What is the difference between a sprained wrist and a displaced wrist? There is no break in the bone itself but it is no longer in place.
Displaced: The wrist is made up of 8 "carpal" bones that articulate with the radius and ulna of the forearm and the 5 metacarpals of the palm. So there is no "wrist bone" per se. A sprained anything is simply inflammation and swelling. A displaced bone is one that is out of alignment with itself or at the joint. So a displaced wrist means 1 or more bones is out of alignment to another. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Is it okay for a broken leg to be healing with the bones not aligned? There is a big gap where it was a spiral and the bones are sitting wonky
No: If the bones have not been aligned, then they will heal improperly and permanently malaligned. You should get that looked at by an orthopedic surgeon, have x-rays done, and then have them aligned as soon as possible. ...Read more
You are a minor: Answering your question is not possible since we cannot advise minors on medical conditions of theirs without parental permission. Please have your parents signup for a HealthTap Account. They can then, ask any question they'd like on your behalf. Mean time, talk to your parents about your nose and I am sure they will know what to do. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
My finger is crooked from a fracture a few years ago. Is there any way to fix it that doesn't involve a bone cut?
What can be the cause of a swelling in the knee and ankle (looks like gout) area when it is cardiologist said there is definitely no blood clot(s)?
Yes, swollen : Enthesitis or enthesiopathy is inflammation where tendons or ligaments insert into the bone. Recurring stress or inflammatory autoimmune disease can cause inflammation or occasionally fibrosis and calcification. One common site is at the heel, particularly the achilles tendon.It is associated with hla b27 arthropathies like ankylosing spondylitis, psoriatic arthritis, and reactive arthritis. ...Read more
I had an X-Ray and there isn't a broken bone, but there is a large red spot over a knot that is warm and painful ?
Ice lady commeth.: The general procedure used for dealing with the initial injury is ice application. This is included in the RICE protocol for immediate care. Rest, Ice, Compression and Elevation. The injured area was not given so you will need to adjust the protocol to fit your needs. To remove all doubt, obtain advice from a professional. ...Read more
If i were to fracture a growth plate, it is a broken bone correct? So wouldn't I have a loss of mobility with that limb and pain for weeks?
Yes: Swelling in the legs can come from many things, but swelling in a single leg is particularly worrisome for clot or DVT (Deep Venous Thrombosis). It can occur after still for long periods(travel), following an injury, surgery or infection, during pregnancy or can occur spontaneously. Some people have a genetic cause for blood clotting. An ultrasound can be performed by your doctor to diagnose. ...Read more
With hardware in ankle, could a relatively minor trauma cause the bone to break which otherwise might not have happened if there had not been a plate?
Not generally: In general a plate strengthens the bone by allowing healing without movement. Once the initial fracture has healed, the plate will not make it more likely to break that bone. It is possible, however, if the plate is still very fresh, that the screw sites will not yet have fully healed, and minor trauma might cause some damage in a freshly plated bone fracture. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Can a cut/wound be infected if there is no type of drainage but it has a ring of red around it and is sore?
Just happens: Multiple minor not recalled injury. A sedentary job on a hard surfaced chair or bleachers, & all of a sudden u have trouble, & once u start 2 have trouble it s hard 2 get rid of it. Even sitting on what seems comfy like an air plane seat or a couch can cause irritate a coccyx. U may go nuts trying 2 find a cause, but also in trying 2 relieve it. Lots of tricks 2 learn & cushions 2 try. Good luck. ...Read more
Maybe: Usually swelling accompanies a fracture. Although the knuckle is a joint and is associated with dislocations which have swelling as well. If there was no history of trauma to the area it most likely isn't broke. Have an x-ray to ensure no broken bones in the hand. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
In the event of a thyroid cartilage fracture with no displacement and no other damage, what is the usual treatment? Is there any need for surgery?
Maybe: The big toe is important to the normal heel-toe gait cycle. If not treated properly, it can cause problems such as arthritis down the road. An urgent care center should have x-ray facilities to diagnose a fracture, and is much cheaper (and often, a shorter wait) than the er. Some podiatrists in your area may have same day appointments for emergencies like a hallux (big toe) fracture! ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Is is likely to have suffered a nasal fracture causing displacement if the area has no pain or tenderness at all.
Nasal fracture: please consider having your nose evaluated. By a board certified facial plastic surgeon. Especially if there has been nasal bleeding, it is a good idea to have a doctor perform an intranasal examination to check for septal hematoma. ...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
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