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I have a nondisplaced fibula shaft fracture. What now?

I have a nondisplaced fibula shaft fracture. What now?

Keep off the foot: If fracture is non displaced then best to keep ankle immobilized in a cast for 4 weeks and transition to a fracture boot for 4 weeks and transition to walking thereafter. Range of motion can begin at 6 weeks after fracture. Serial x rays are necessary to evaluate fracture healing. ...Read more

Dr. Suzanne Galli
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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 in a nondisplaced and displaced fracture?

Fracture: A nondisplaced fracture is a fracture that is present but the bones are still in anatomical alignment. A displaced fracture is where the anatomic alignment has been compromised. ...Read more

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Can't find anything on tarsal navicular subchondral fractures. Are they that rare? Are they serious? What are the options

Can't find anything on tarsal navicular subchondral fractures. Are they that rare? Are they serious? What are the options

If you are in pain: Or if the condition can potentially cause further issues it is serious. I answered in your first question a bone stimulator would be a good treatment. You would also obviously have the foot immobilized. I think you said you were in a walking boot. You may want. To consider crutches. If your a smoker you must stop, and have your vitamin d levels checked. ...Read more

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Do subchondral fractures of the navicular ever need surgery?

Do subchondral fractures of the navicular ever need surgery?

Sometime: Sometime depend on the shape of the bone and how much displacement
hand surgeon and orthopedic doctors worry about vascular necrosis to this type of fracture, which could be avoided by internal fixation, which mean surgery.
sometime they treated with a simple cast, and wait to see if the bone will heal.
check with a hand surgeon, or orthopedic. ...Read more

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Does a nondisplaced nasal fracture heal itself?

Does a nondisplaced nasal fracture heal itself?

Nasal fracture: Yes, a non-displaced nasal fracture will heal without intervention. Even a displaced fracture will heal, although it usually heals in the wrong spot. Just be careful of further nasal trauma as the nasal bones, in their already weakened state, could shift into an undesireable location. ...Read more

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I was diagnosed with nondisplaced pubic bone fracture.

I was diagnosed with nondisplaced pubic bone fracture.

Will heal: A non displaced pubic bone fracture is more of a irritation than a problem. It heals in 4-8 weeks usually without any long term ill effects. ...Read more

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How can the recovery process for subchondral insufficiency fracture be speeded up. What are dos and donts to be followed during bed rest.

How can the recovery process for subchondral insufficiency fracture be speeded up. What are dos and donts to be followed during bed rest.

Not bed rest.: There aren't many options for speeding healing in the sense you are hoping. You should engage in healthy lifestyle habits such as maintaining a healthy weight, quit smoking and excessive drinking. You can attempt some healing by using crutches to take some of the weight off of your hip but many patients with this condition will require surgery. ...Read more

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How can the recovery process for subchondral insufficiency fracture be speeded up. What are dos and dont's to be followed during bed rest.

It can't be sped up.: It can't be sped up. It can be slowed down by trying to return too fast. It takes time to heal the fractures. ...Read more

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Would I need surgery on a nondisplaced nasal fracture?

Nondisplaced nose fx: A non displaced fracture of the nose implies that the nose bones have not moved and hence the nose is still straight. If that is correct you do not need surgery on the nose. However, there have been times when the xrays did not show any fracture but the nose became crooked after trauma. In that case you need surgery. In essence its more to do with the shape of the nose and not the detail of xrays. ...Read more

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Would I need surgery on a nondisplaced nasal fracture?

Would I need surgery on a nondisplaced nasal fracture?

Not likely: Only if there are issues with breathing thru your nose. Can discuss with ent. ...Read more

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Will a nondisplaced tibia fracture (not growth plate fracture) change the height of the bone once fully healed?

Will a nondisplaced tibia fracture (not growth plate fracture) change the height of the bone once fully healed?

NO: Should not be a problem If it is undisplayed fracture with no over ridding and growth plates are not involved Speak to your doctor may have other concerns ...Read more

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Nondisplaced distal fibula fracture. Been in cast for 2 weeks. New cast tomorrow. Can I take this cast off for tonight to wash?

Nondisplaced distal fibula fracture. Been in cast for 2 weeks. New cast tomorrow. Can I take this cast off for tonight to wash?

Don't remove: It is best to not remove the cast put on by the doctor. They can wipe you leg down when they change out you cast. If you truly have a non displaced fibular fracture, you may be eligible for a fracture boot. These can be removed for showers or bathing. Check with your treating provider. ...Read more

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What's the safest way to return to activity after my nondisplaced hairline fracture of my tibial plateau heals? Is a stationary bike safe?

Return Slowly: Once a fracture is healed you can resume full range of motion activities of the knee. Isometric exercises (like quad sets) can be the start. Partial weight bearing activities are first like: running in a pool or stationary cycling. If after 4-6 weeks these activities cause no discomfort you can resume full weight bearing activities like running. But start slow on a tread mill s best. ...Read more

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Will a nondisplaced pelvic fracture cause my ankle to swell?

Will a nondisplaced pelvic fracture cause my ankle to swell?

It could...: If there is associated swelling causing some venous congestion. I would see your orthopaedic surgeon to find out is this is anything serious.

Aaos. Org. ...Read more

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Does a nondisplaced anterior nasal bone fracture need surgery?

Does a nondisplaced anterior nasal bone fracture need surgery?

Not usually: Need to allow the swelling to go down and if that is the only issue, then surgery is not needed, but there could be cartilage damage in the nose area and that requires a physician exam to make a decision. ...Read more

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How long should I experience pain for with a nondisplaced radial head fracture of the elbow?

6-8 weeks: Generally it take about 6-8 weeks for this fracture to heal. Being over 50, if you have any osteopenia it may take a little longer. It is really important that you continue to work on being able to straighten your elbow! Do not let it get stiff in the bent position. You should work on the range of motion at lease a couple of times a day. Just let pain be your guide as to when and where to stop ...Read more

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Does subchondral insufficiency fracture of the superolateral aspect of the left femoral head require a surgery?

Usually: This is a high risk risk stress fracture for progressing to catastrophic fracture. Usually recommended to pin it to prevent prigression ...Read more

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After 4th metatarsal nondisplaced fracture completely healed will foot be back to normal & I can wear same types of shoes that I wore prior to break?

After 4th metatarsal nondisplaced fracture completely healed will foot be back to normal & I can wear same types of shoes that I wore prior to break?

Broken foot bone: I would expect you to be able to return completely to your normal shoes and activities. Best wishes to you. ...Read more

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Is it more difficult & lengthy process to treat & recover from a stress fracture of the foot or is it worse for a nondisplaced 4th metasaursal break?

Is it more difficult & lengthy process to treat & recover from a stress fracture of the foot or is it worse for a nondisplaced 4th metasaursal break?

Varies.: A stress fracture and a non displaced fracture of the fourth metatarsal are not mutually exclusive. A stress fracture simply implies the mechanism of the fracture occurrence. When a serious of stresses is applied to a bone that overcomes the bones ability to remodel and recover from stress, a stress fracture occurs. These fractures often respond to a reduction in the activity that led to it. ...Read more

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Mild edema in fpb& odm, multiple subchondral cysts, some fluid in 1st dorsal compartment of wrist, Blood work normal, no fractures, Age 33 diagnosis?

Mild edema in fpb& odm, multiple subchondral cysts, some fluid in 1st dorsal compartment of wrist, Blood work normal, no fractures, Age 33 diagnosis?

Mild arthritis: Sounds like an MRI report. Interpreting mild findings like that is difficult. One must know the symptoms and physical exam findings. Please talk to the doctor who ordered the study (and presumably examined you). Subchondral cysts generally indicate osteoarthritis (wear and tear arthritis). ...Read more

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Subchondral linear focus of hypointense signal at proximal aspect of navicular, which may be subchondral fracture or avascular necrosis. Explain?

Is this an MRI?: It sounds like you are reading an MRI report, what they are describing is abnormal signal on the MRI in your Navicular (one of the bones in your foot)
It sounds like there could be a fracture - maybe you had an injury, or if there was no injury but you have had pain and there is an area just below the surface of the joint that the bone has died (Avascular necrosis- AVN)
hope that helps ...Read more

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I have a nondisplaced fracture of the 4th metacarpal of my non-dominant hand. A small cast was placed. After 3 wks, it is still very painful. WNL?

I have a nondisplaced fracture of the 4th metacarpal of my non-dominant hand. A small cast was placed. After 3 wks, it is still very painful. WNL?

Yes, most likely: Hand fractures are generally quite painful, but you are getting to the point where that pain should begin to diminish. Older adult women who are post menopausal do tend to heal more slowly, so be certain you are taking vitamin D, at least 2000 units a day, vitamin C, magnesium oxide and a good multivitamin. Talk with your doctor about medication for pain and follow up as planned. Heal up soon! ...Read more

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How long will I be out of sports with either a grade 2 or 3 ankle sprain and two nondisplaced fibula fractures (I hurt my ankle 4wks ago; I'm 17 yrs)?

How long will I be out of sports with either a grade 2 or 3 ankle sprain and two nondisplaced fibula fractures (I hurt my ankle 4wks ago; I'm 17 yrs)?

Minimally 12 weeks: Without a complete history of your injury and sports activity, the non-displaced fractures will take a minimum of 6-8 weeks to heal (assuming there are no complications in healing) and in general soft tissue injuries such as the an ankle sprain will be longer about 12 weeks (= 3 months). Again, that is assuming that you are compliant with treatment regimen prescribed by your doctor. ...Read more

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Nondisplaced subarticular fracture at the weight-bearing surface of the medial femoral condyle with marked surrounding intramedullary edema. What is sonk. I had a trauma should I be worried about?

Nondisplaced subarticular fracture at the weight-bearing surface of the medial femoral condyle with marked surrounding intramedullary edema. What is sonk. I had a trauma should I be worried about?

Unlikely SONK: Sonk would have shown up on mri. You have in essence a big "bone bruise". The natural history is not completely defined but usually resolution without long term problems can be expected. You are the correct age and sex for sonk but that condition is very rare. Keep working on range of motion and follow up with your doctor. ...Read more

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Recent MRI of the left hand. The report states "there appe/ars to be a nondisplaced fracture. ..", . What does "appear" signify? Thank you.

Recent MRI of the left hand. The report states "there appe/ars to be a nondisplaced fracture. ..", . What does "appear" signify? Thank you.

Uncertainty: Appears signifies that the radiologist has found something that could be a nondisplaced fracture or may be a normal finding, such as a nutrient artery. It is usually followed by "clinical correlation, " meaning that the examining doctor needs to check that specific area and see if there are any other signs that could indicate a fracture.
Many times one physician only has some of the puzzle pieces. ...Read more

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What does this mean? I have a small subchondral fracture deformity of the lateral trochlear facet with prominent bone marrow edema throughout the regi

What does this mean? I have a small subchondral fracture deformity of the lateral trochlear facet with prominent bone marrow edema throughout the regi

Cartilage damage: Prominent marrow edema of the lateral trochlea means that the cartilage covering the bone in this area is injured or worn thin. This is a common place to develop arthritis which causes marrow edema when the cartilage gets too thin or is worn out and bare bone is exposed there. If you had a recent injury, it could be cartilage damage rather than arthritis. See your provider for recommendations. ...Read more

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1week since I fell & hurt chest & ribs Lt. Side. Doctor thinks nondisplaced rib fracture but hurt all the way to shoulder blade pain 6/10. what to do?

1week since I fell & hurt chest & ribs Lt. Side. Doctor thinks nondisplaced rib fracture but hurt all the way to shoulder blade pain 6/10. what to do?

Chest Wall Injuries: Unfortunately it'll continue to hurt for few weeks before it gets better
The chest wall is in continuous movement with ring respiration and that gives a little time for the muscles to rest and recover from the injury
What you need now is strong pain killers, to help you breathing better and helps you breathing deep to prevent any infections of the lungs ...Read more

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What is the recovery time for subchondral insufficiency fracture left femoral head with extensive bone marrow edema?

What is the recovery time for subchondral insufficiency fracture left femoral head with extensive bone marrow edema?

Depends: Classically we say fractures heal in 6-8 weeks but insufficiency fractures mean the bone was weak or not healthy in the first place and may take longer ...Read more

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Diagnosed with mri. Nondisplaced subarticular fracture of the medial femoral condyle. My knee is throbbing even at rest. Is this normal? Don't

Diagnosed with mri. Nondisplaced subarticular fracture of the medial femoral condyle. My knee is throbbing even at rest. Is this normal? Don't

Yes, most likely due: To bleeding into the joint from the fx. It can hurt even at rest, in the early days (upto 2 weeks at least), after which it subsides to a great extent. Avoid weight bearing on it. Consult your orthopod for specifics of the treatment. ...Read more

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What is a small subchondral fracture defomity of the lateral figures facet with prominent bone marrow edema? Moderate size joint effusion.

What is a small subchondral fracture defomity of the lateral figures facet with prominent bone marrow edema? Moderate size joint effusion.

Joint abnl: Need to identify which joint ar u asking about, Is it the knee? . Subchondral microfractures and prominent bone marrow edema are descriptions of the same thing. Typically r quite painful and may respond with axial bony paste. Which is only performed in the or by an orthopaedic d ...Read more

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3 1/2 weeks ago broke 4th metatarsal nondisplaced. In walking boot. Yesterday walked a lot & today top of foot is sore. Could I have displaced the fractured bone by wearing the walking boot too long?

3 1/2 weeks ago broke 4th metatarsal nondisplaced. In walking boot. Yesterday walked a lot & today top of foot is sore. Could I have displaced the fractured bone by wearing the walking boot too long?

Unlikely based on: Time already passed since diagnosis and you were wearing the walking boot. It justs sounds like you are appropriately sore due to the time on it. If it does not improve with some elevation and rest overnight see your physician is symptoms are bothersome but unlikely anything else needs to be done. ...Read more

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Cuboid antero-medial margin focal Bone bruise -oblique nondisplaced fissure fracture, spring ligament & cfl grade 2 sprain. Hw long to heal? Overweight

Cuboid antero-medial margin focal Bone bruise -oblique nondisplaced fissure fracture, spring ligament & cfl grade 2 sprain. Hw long to heal? Overweight

A primary healing: Usually takes 6 weeks, and then it continues to mold and get more strength. It also depends upon your overall health and immunity state. And your calcium and bone mineral state.

Add calcium to your diet and increase water.

Wish you good luck. ...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