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Dr. PHILIP WALLER
1,551 doctors shared insights

Osteoporosis (Definition)

Currently it is better to think of osteoporosis as a condition where the bone is weakened, and can be managed or treated rather than cured. This is usually performed by dietary modifications, ingestion of supplemental calcium, vitamin d and a class of agents notice the bisphosphonates. These are usually delivered via oral or intramuscular injection on a weekly or monthly ...Read more


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Does osteoporosis effect the healing of a rib fracture?

Does osteoporosis effect the healing of a rib fracture?

Theoretically yes: but because ribs are not weight bearing bones, not as much as it would affect long bones or vertebra. Osteopenia is probably a contributing factor for the original fracture, making the rib weaker and more prone to fracture. But it should not affect the healing time that much. ...Read more

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What should I do if I have a rib fracture?

What should I do if I have a rib fracture?

Be sure: X-ray, and pain control. In young persons, a single rib is pretty well tolerated. If multiple, or flail, or aged patient the risk of pneumonia and bleeding are increased. ...Read more

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How long will it take a rib fracture to heel?

How long will it take a rib fracture to heel?

Depends: It takes about 8-12 weeks to heal the bone and about the same for the muscle. Your pain should improve significantly by then. There is no change in healing rate compared to # of broken ribs. ...Read more

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Is it safe to still work out with a rib fracture?

Is it safe to still work out with a rib fracture?

Yes : Still should be safe if only one but you should get it checked out to be sure. I'd avoid any contact sports. ...Read more

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How to recover from a rib fracture without getting out of shape?

Low impact: Unfortunately, rib fractures are painful and simply deep breathing from cardio activities can hurt. Fortunately, these injuries almost always heal without problems assuming no lung injury. I usually recommend nsaids as tolerated and low impact activities such as walking, cycling or swimming. ...Read more

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What precautions do I need to be worried about after a rib fracture?

Common sense: Most rib fractures will heal over about 6-8 weeks and pain will limit your activity. The injury is not immobilized and usually is only treated with pain medicines obviously i wouldn't play sports for about 6 weeks. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: open repair of rib fracture?

Plating broken bones: Multiple rib fractures may compromise respiratory function, or a non-healing rib fracture may cause continuing pain. These conditions can sometimes be helped by cutting down to the rib and stabilizing it by screwing on a plate made of metal or other material. ...Read more

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What is the surgery for multiple rib fracture secondary to vehicular accidents?

Depends: For my patients, I use low profile plate and screw systems to realign the rib fractures. I have developed a muscle sparing technique and this allows immediate exercises with the torso and shoulders after surgery. Youtube drbentaylor and rib fracture flail chest to see an example video. ...Read more

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Dr. Amrita Dosanjh
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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


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