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Dr. Pietro Seni
69 Doctors shared insights

Neck Fracture (Overview)

-can vary from relatively minor 2 serious. A clay shoveler's Fx is avulsion of the tip of a spinous process, painful not Sirius. CS body Fx can be a compression but not unstable, & a CS Fx that includes the posterior elements can B very unstable & srius. There R many in between theses extremes. The more severe R traumatic injuries, usually high energy as MVA's, or fall from height. All need eval


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What are the tests for neck fracture?

What are the tests for neck fracture?

Radiologic: Diagnosis of neck fracture starts with plain spine x-rays. If DX is uncertain or suspicious for pathologic fx (bone infiltrated by tumor of any kind, including malignancies), then further imaging is required, such as ct, mri, bone scan, pet scan. These decisions must be made by the diagnostician involved. ...Read more

Dr. Pietro Seni
69 Doctors shared insights

Neck Fracture (Overview)

-can vary from relatively minor 2 serious. A clay shoveler's Fx is avulsion of the tip of a spinous process, painful not Sirius. CS body Fx can be a compression but not unstable, & a CS Fx that includes the posterior elements can B very unstable & srius. There R many in between theses extremes. The more severe R traumatic injuries, usually high energy as MVA's, or fall from height. All need eval


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What are the presenting symptoms following neck fracture?

What are the presenting symptoms following neck fracture?

Neck fracture: The symptoms can range from localized pain to quadriplegia. It depends on the fracture and if it affects the spinal cord. Sometimes a person may get some pain radiating from the point of injury. If there is spinal cord damage the injury may be incomplete or complete. ...Read more

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Recovering from a Broken Bone (Checklist)

Exercise and stretch to improve range of motion, strength, and endurance
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Avoid a repeat injury or irritating soft tissues before they are ready
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Follow up with your doctor as scheduled, and don't miss appointments
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What are the signs of fractured neck of femur (broken hip)?

What are the signs of fractured neck of femur (broken hip)?

Pain, can't walk: Femoral neck fractures are extremely debilitating. Elders get these fractures commonly and may have the affected leg shorter than the other and/or rotated. The patient will not bear weight on this side. Sometimes these fractures are less obvious, requiring advanced imaging studies (like mri) to detect. In this case, if you give a tap on the heel, sometimes the patient will feel it up in the hip. ...Read more

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How do I know it is a radial neck fracture?

How do I know it is a radial neck fracture?

Pain &mobility: Usually you pain in the elbow and limited mobility. Of course you have to x-ray to confirm it. ...Read more

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Treating a Spinal Fracture (Checklist)

Rest
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Use NSAIDs to decrease inflammation
Daily
Use pain medications on an as-needed basis
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Consider an MRI to evaluate fracture
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What does it mean to fracture your neck?

What does it mean to fracture your neck?

Cervical Fracture: There are 7 cervical bones, that join the base of the skull to the rest of the spine in the thoracic (chest) area. A fracture of your neck means that one of these 7 bones has a fracture somewhere. Some are unstable and life-threatening, while others are stable and relatively minor. ...Read more

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Is there more than one good way to treat neck fracture?

Is there more than one good way to treat neck fracture?

Yes there are?: It depend on the kind of the fractures, some we treat by collar, some we treat with halo fixed to the skull, some we apply traction on them to get them corrected and some we have surgery on. Good luck thank you. ...Read more

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Managing Bone Spurs (Checklist)

Wear comfortable shoes
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Use heel cushions
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Ask your podiatrist if you'd benefit from prescription orthotics
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Ask your podiatrist about steroid injections
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5 month old missed talus neck fracture. Undisplaced, no avn after 10 week post injury. Currently on cast immobilization. What is the best treatment?

5 month old missed talus neck fracture. Undisplaced, no avn after 10 week post injury. Currently on cast immobilization. What is the best treatment?

CT scan: Sounds like treatment is appropriate if no displacement. Ct scan can evaluate healing process. A bone stimulator may also help with healing. If no x-ray evidence of healing at 3 -6 months than surgery is indicated. ...Read more

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How do u cure 5th Metatarsal Neck Fracture? I've been having if for three weeks, I haven't been to the ER. What should I do? Help!

How do u cure 5th Metatarsal Neck Fracture? I've been having if for three weeks, I haven't been to the ER. What should I do? Help!

How do you know?: If you didn't go to the ED then most likely you saw someone in order to find out what it is, unless you are assuming this is what is going on. It is a good idea to see an Orthopedist for evaluation and care of this issue. Fractures usually heal with immobilization and casting for several weeks depending on how severe the fracture is. ...Read more

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Managing Neck Pain (Checklist)

Use your pain medication as directed
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Avoid fast movements
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See your doctor if your neck pain hasn't improved in 1 week
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Cervical neck fracture follow up- what to share with orthopedic surgeon about the incident? Could certain factors prevent medication or treatment?

See below: Give him a complete history of your acute injury and history of any previous injuries/trauma and any previous care you may have had and he will complete a thorough history and physical. If you can get any of your old records prior to the visit including any mris or cat scans and hospital records that you had that would be helpful. Sometimes the office will help facilitate these for you. This should make your visit go a lot easier ; quicker good luck thank you. ...Read more

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What are the tests for neck fracture?

Radiologic: Diagnosis of neck fracture starts with plain spine x-rays. If DX is uncertain or suspicious for pathologic fx (bone infiltrated by tumor of any kind, including malignancies), then further imaging is required, such as ct, mri, bone scan, pet scan. These decisions must be made by the diagnostician involved. ...Read more

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How are neck fracture and disability related?

How are neck fracture and disability related?

A neck fracture will: Cause restrictions of activities until healed and may or may not lead to physical impairments based on how it heals and whether there was any permanent neurologic injury that may or may not lead to a disability. ...Read more

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What's the recovery time from a neck fracture?

Varies on age. ..: This varies in terms of patient age, type of fracture, method of treatment, underlying issues like smoking as well as several metabolic diseases and if more than one level ---on average in an adult 12 to 16 weeks. But this does not mean full release to all activities or sports. ...Read more

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Is there more than one good way to treat neck fracture?

Yes there are?: It depend on the kind of the fractures, some we treat by collar, some we treat with halo fixed to the skull, some we apply traction on them to get them corrected and some we have surgery on. Good luck thank you. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: Neck fracture?

What is the definition or description of: Neck fracture?

A neck fracture-: -can vary from relatively minor 2 serious. A clay shoveler's Fx is avulsion of the tip of a spinous process, painful not Sirius. CS body Fx can be a compression but not unstable, & a CS Fx that includes the posterior elements can B very unstable & srius. There R many in between theses extremes. The more severe R traumatic injuries, usually high energy as MVA's, or fall from height. All need eval ...Read more

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What are the presenting symptoms following neck fracture?

Neck fracture: The symptoms can range from localized pain to quadriplegia. It depends on the fracture and if it affects the spinal cord. Sometimes a person may get some pain radiating from the point of injury. If there is spinal cord damage the injury may be incomplete or complete. ...Read more

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I'm curious as to what's the chance for surviving a neck fracture?

I'm curious as to what's the chance for surviving a neck fracture?

Very good: Unless the fracture is a dislocation, most neck fractures are fixable with surgery and many without surgery. ...Read more

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How do I find out what is the chance for surviving a neck fracture?

Need thorough: Physical exam and history. A neck fracture can be so many different things, from a mild frx in a spinous process to a spinal cord threatening injury. It depends on too much to be able to say with just a neck fracture. Other things matter too, level, type of trauma, patients age, etc. ...Read more

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Is there an aftermath of neck fracture?

Is there an aftermath of neck fracture?

Neck fracture: It all depends. If there was no nerve or spinal cord injury from the fracture then any aftermath is very unlikely. However, if there has been compression of a vertebra as a result of the fracture and it is not properly braced (or occasionally operated) there may be deformity or other consequences. ...Read more

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Where is subcapital humeral neck fracture?

Below the ball porti: The upper arm is the humerus bone and at the top is shaped like a ball sitting on a tube, where the tube flares and the ball starts is the sub capital humeral neck-a common area for fracture. ...Read more

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Could getting a neck fracture paralyze you?

Could getting a neck fracture paralyze you?

Possibly: Cervical spine fractures can cause spinal cord damage which can cause paralysis. However most cervical spine fractures do not cause any neurological deficits. It is important to be evaluated by a spine surgeon to see if anything needs to be done. Some fractures are left alone, others braced in a collar and still others are unstable and require surgery with or without decompression. ...Read more

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How do I know it is a radial neck fracture?

Pain &mobility: Usually you pain in the elbow and limited mobility. Of course you have to x-ray to confirm it. ...Read more

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What can I do to recover from a femoral neck fracture?

PT: Is a good start and they can give you a home program. ...Read more

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What happens when there are femoral neck fracture complications?

What happens when there are femoral neck fracture complications?

Reconstruction: Depends on complication. If you are under age of 55 and you developed deformity or the fracture did not heal it is not unreasonable to reposition the proximal femur and the fracture orientation through a surgery called an osteotomy. In other cases a hip replacement is a possibility. In the younger population an effort to preserve the hip should be made. ...Read more

Dr. Julie Abbott
792 Doctors shared insights

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


Dr. Jeffrey Wint
2,321 Doctors shared insights

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