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Dr. Jan Lei Iwata
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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 should be done about a non healed distal radial fracture? I broke my wrist in nov and had an external fixator. It was removed jan 4. Recent X-ray report says non healed distal radial fracture and avulsed ulnar styloid. What should my course of act

What should be done about a non healed distal radial fracture? I broke my wrist in nov and had an external fixator. It was removed jan 4. Recent X-ray report says non healed distal radial fracture and avulsed ulnar styloid. What should my course of act

A: A lot of this is based on age. With increasing age, bones heal a bit slower. However, the distal radius is not an area where we usually see problems with healing. It's been about 3 months, which is a bit slow for this area. There are a few things that slow it down: smoking! (or any nicotine)--this is the single biggest factor in poor bone healing. If you use any form of nicotine, stop now! Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (aspirin, advil, aleve, (naproxen) etc.)--these are second to nicotine in slowing bone healing. Avoid these as much as possible. If you take Aspirin for a heart condition, though, you should continue it. Motion--if the fracture does not have enough holding it in place, the healing tissue will be continually disrupted and you'll get soft healing, rather than bone. A cast or other means of immobilization can be helpful. Poor circulation--if there is a lot of soft tissue injury around the bone, the bone may not get a good blood supply to promote healing. There are electrical bone stimulators that help improve the "biology" of the area. Infection--with an external fixator (or any surgery), there is an increased chance of introducing bacteria to the area of the fracture. Antibiotics may suppress the infection until the bone heals or it may require additional surgery. In the longer term, if the bone fails to heal, internal stabilization and bone grafting may be a possibility, but this area usually heals.

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Ununited styloid fracture I have had an ununited styloid fracture for over 3 years? What do I need to do about it?

Nothing, unless: You are complaining you have pain. If your having pain then the doc needs to make a plan with you. This might require surgery where the 2 bones can be reunited. If the doc think s that is the cause of your discomfort....That is if you have discomfort.

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I fractured my 5th metartarsal Undisplaced at the base of the styloid process six weeks ago and my foot feels very cold. Why is this? Will it be heale

I fractured my 5th metartarsal Undisplaced at the base of the styloid process six weeks ago and my foot feels very cold. Why is this? Will it be heale

May be a problem: If your foot is "very cold" see your Dr. Right away. It may be a circulation problem. Make sure you follow your doctor's directions so it heals properly. Usually those fifth metatarsal fractures have to be immobilized in a boot. They take about 6 to 8 weeks to heal. Some of them take longer to heal.

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I had orif for galeazzi fracture on oct12 and pop for 2 weeks. Now having dislocated druj non union of ulnar styloid, no pain now. What I need to do now?

I had orif for galeazzi fracture on oct12 and pop for 2 weeks. Now having dislocated druj non union of ulnar styloid, no pain now. What I need to do now?

Need to see your --: Surgeon, and have him reevaluate you. Nonunion is not diagnosed after 7-8 weeks. It probably is a delayed union. So he might need to keep you in a cast till it heals. Its too early to label it as nonunion. You might need a bone stimulator for about 8-12 weeks, to promote healing. Resurgical fixation might be helpful. If not getting anywhere then you might consider a 2nd opinion. Good luck.

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An MRI has diagnosed an ununited styloid fracture with associated degenerative arthrosis and tenosynovitis. I need a clear answer and course of action?

An MRI has diagnosed an ununited styloid fracture with associated degenerative arthrosis and tenosynovitis. I need a clear answer and course of action?

Course of action: Only someone who has done a complete h and p has access to your records can give a clear course of action. But typically ununited syloid fractures do not need treatment, but the rest have multiple treatment modalities.

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Can your left pinky ulnar styloid fracture cause middle finger trigger digit?

Can your left pinky ulnar styloid fracture cause middle finger trigger digit?

No the ulnar styloid: Is not directly connected there but if the hand is very swollen froma fracture and the trigger finger was waiting for a reason to become more symptomatioc then the swelling in the hadn could be the tipping point. But a direct cause...Unlikley. Causlality is a tricky issue as we often attribute one problem to another temporally, but you might as well blame a trigger finger on a thunderstorm.

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Overworked sushi chef here, had an ulnar styloid fracture a year ago but I've lost range of movement and aches are constant what's my risk of injury?

Overworked sushi chef here, had an ulnar styloid fracture a year ago but I've lost range of movement and aches are constant what's my risk of injury?

TFCC injury: You may have sustained an injury to the triagular fibrocartilage complex (tfcc) when you sustained the ulna fracture. Tfcc injuries can be managed with ice, anti-inflammatory medications, physical therapy, cortisone injection, wrist splint, or surgery. Often a combination of these modalities is beneficial.

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How long should I expect to be out of work? I went to the ER sun and was told that both my wrists are broken 1 with radical styloid fractured potentially scaphoid fracture, the otherdistal radius fracture. I work in customer service field on the computer

For: For either one of these injuries alone, you could be expected to do computer work within a week or so, though a bit slower than your usual pace. However, with both wrists broken, it becomes much more difficult. Basic hygeine and eating can be difficult if both wrists are in casts. A radial styloid fracture, in and of itself, is not usually problematic and heals in about 6 weeks. However, it can be a marker for a more severe injury to the scapolunate ligament--part of the cornerstone of the wrist. You need to see a hand surgeon to determine if there is significant ligament instability. Sometimes the portion of the fracture that goes through the joint shifts and needs to be fixed surgically. Either of these situation would prolong the healing time. If there is indeed a scaphoid fracture, that wrist could be limited much longer, sometimes up to a year. The distal radius fracture depends on the fracture pattern. Most of these do not involve the joint, but can tip backwards and distort wrist mechanics. If it displaces, it may require surgery. Unfortunately, these can move at 2-3 weeks after injury. In short, your recovery time depends on the "personality" of the fractures and any associated injuries. If all goes especially well, you might be out of casts by 6 weeks, but there are a lot of other factors.

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I have hae. Also have bad joint pain everywhere! Had X-ray of hands and shows no arthritis just old styloid fracture. Next step in diagnosis for pain?

I have hae. Also have bad joint pain everywhere! Had X-ray of hands and shows no arthritis just old styloid fracture. Next step in diagnosis for pain?

Joint pain: Your next step would be to see a rheumotologist and get a complete physical with blood work to see what the cause of your joint pain is.

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What is the treatment for a radial fracture?

What is the treatment for a radial fracture?

Radius fracture: Depends on the location of the fracture on the radius. Distal radius, radial shaft and radial head fractures are all treated differently. It also depends on how displaced the fracture is. Best thing to do is to be evaluated by your local Orthopaedic surgeon to receive proper treatment.

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How to treat radial head fractures & how long until you can return to hard sports?

Depends: Non-displaced fractures of the radial head are managed without surgery. If fracture is displaced, surgery to repair or replace the fractured radial head. Fractures that need to heal require approximately 6 weeks to consolidate, with gradual rerun to activities to follow. Heavy work of sports typically done safely at 3 months.

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How to treat a fractured radial head?

Depends on fracture.: If the fracture is nondisplaced, you can be immobilized in a cast or splint for about 2 weeks and then be placed in a motion brace. If the fracture is displaced, the options are to have the fracture fixed with a plate and screws or have a radial head implant

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Hello. I'm a front line Police officer and have fractured both elbows. Radial hairline fractures. How long should I have off work?

Hairline fractures: Typically heal over 6-8 weeks and the pain improves in 4 weeks or so. It may take you up to 6 weeks to be able to do the things you do on the front line. I usually let pain be your guide but overall I would suggest at least a month of light duty. God bless you and thank you for your service.

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When the radial nerve is damaged in a fracture, how long would it take for it to recover; and is there a way to hasten the recovery process?

When the radial nerve is damaged in a fracture, how long would it take for it to recover; and is there a way to hasten the recovery process?

Nerve damage: nerve damage may be be permanent which means no improvement of your symptoms especially after 6 months expect little improvement.

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My 23 year old brother just fractured his arm and damaged his radial nerve following a fall from about 7ft. Should I be worried about a bone tumour?

My 23 year old brother just fractured his arm and damaged his radial nerve following a fall from about 7ft. Should I be worried about a bone tumour?

Probably not: Falling 7 feet will definitely provide enough force to cause those injuries. If he had a bone tumor predisposing him to the fracture, the doctor would have seen it on x-ray. I hope he has a quick recovery.

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Radial styloid pain & the small bone under my thumb is a little hurt to touch with a popping sound in it when I move my thumb sometimes for 3 weeks nw?

? fracture: Tenderness lasting this long makes me more suspicious for a fracture of the styloid process or the navicular bone.--These might need doctors help to heal

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Symptoms of radial head fracture?

Symptoms of radial head fracture?

Pain: Most commonly falls on the wrist, forearm or elbow can result in a radial head fracture.Symptoms are ususally pain in the elbow and mild swelling (if isolated).Painful supination (palming up)is usually present. Occassionallly these can not be seen well on initial radiographs. See your ors if pain in your elbow persists after a fall. Very common!

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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