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Dr. James Lin
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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 recovery time for hairline fracture of ankel? How many days I need to retain the cast?

What is the recovery time for hairline fracture of ankel? How many days I need to retain the cast?

Ankle joint: Generally 4 to 6 weeks, however if there is an ankle sprain associated with this injury and pain continues, studies may be needed to rule out injury to the cartilage surface inside the ankle joint. ...Read more

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65+ woman fell down and had hairline fracture, has been advised bed rest for a month. Will hip support belt speed up recovery if so! Which kind?

65+ woman fell down and had hairline fracture, has been advised bed rest for a month. Will hip support belt speed up recovery if so! Which kind?

Need more inform-: -ation. What was fractured, & how did it happen. Trip, slipped, on stairs. Also your age & do you have osteoporosis? Was it hip or pelvis? Guess age is 65, sorry. Bed rest for a month is very bad @ that age. If it's a hip it should be fixed so she can be up & around. If pelvis, my patients take pain meds & get up and about as much as they can. In this case pain meds R needed 2 control it so can go. ...Read more

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Is it ok if my 6 years old who got a hairline fracture on the coronoid process of ulna only use a sling (no cast, no splint) during early recovery?

Is it ok if my 6 years old who got a hairline fracture on the coronoid process of ulna only use a sling (no cast, no splint) during early recovery?

Speak to the doctor: It is a hairline fracture means no displacement in good position, in a non weight bearing area, children will do much better, by not restricting them in a cast, will have less complications, will recover faster discuss with child's orthopedic surgeon, will give reasons. ...Read more

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Hairline fracture on radius head: what kind of healing time am I looking at?

Hairline fracture on radius head: what kind of healing time am I looking at?

6-8 weeks: Usually 6-8 weeks, but typically we start motion at 3-4 weeks to prevent subsequent stiffness. ...Read more

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I got hairline fracture in 5th metacarpal bone in hand 15days back im using splint, how much time I would continue splint?

I got hairline fracture in 5th metacarpal bone in hand 15days back im using splint, how much time I would continue splint?

Follow dr.'s advice: 5th metacarpal fx. S are common. They can occur at the neck of the metacarpal ('boxers' fx.)or in the shaft. Commonly treated in splint (ulnar gutter) for 4-6 wks. Some take a full 8 weeks to heal. See your ors for folow-up and recccommendations! ...Read more

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What is a hairline fracture?

What is a hairline fracture?

Capillary fracture: A minor fracture that appears on x-ray film as a thin line between two segments of a bone. The segments remain in alignment and the fracture may not extend completely through the bone. ...Read more

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How to care for a hairline fracture?

How to care for a hairline fracture?

Depends on age: Infants need a couple weeks of protection 4 none wt bearing boxes. The wt bearing need a cast or brace 4 protection. The older kids become the more protection the4need & 4 a little longer. ...Read more

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What does a hairline fracture feel like?

What does a hairline fracture feel like?

Pain, with: Certain specific motions, minimal swelling, xrays that may only show the fracture in certain views are characteristic of hairline fracture (line on x-ray is the width of a hair). ...Read more

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What are the signs of a hairline fracture?

What are the signs of a hairline fracture?

Pain, pain with: Certain specific motions, minimal swelling, xrays that may only show the fracture in certain views are characteristic of hairline fracture (line on x-ray is the width of a hair). ...Read more

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Willvitamins help heal a hairline fracture?

Willvitamins help heal a hairline fracture?

Yes: Vit c, vit d, and calcium are important for bone healing and remodeling. Take a good multivitamin such as those from new chapter, and also citracal + d. ...Read more

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In how many days does hairline fracture heal?

Hairline fracture: The quick answer is 8 weeks. However, it depends on several factors, the most important being what bone is fractured and how long it has been fractured before it was detected. ...Read more

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How long can a hairline fracture take to heal?

It depend what bone: Large bones like femur it take 8-16 weeks, and location of the fracture shaft or end of the bone, the shsft of the bone take longer than the end of the bone. Some bone like navicular bone also take longer time to heal. ...Read more

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How long does a hairline fracture take to heal?

How long does a hairline fracture take to heal?

Fracture: Most bones with good blood supply that are capable of healing will mend within 6-8 weeks. Not all fractures heal easily though, which is influenced by location, displacement, age, health/nutritional status, smoking, etc. ...Read more

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What do I need to know about a hairline fracture?

What do I need to know about a hairline fracture?

A lot: Many so called hairline fractures may not cause much problems other than some discomfort. What you need to do for them depends mostly on how it happened (trauma vs no trauma) and what bone is involved. Hairline fracture in hand or foot not to bad. Hairline fracture in tibia, femur, spine, or wrist can still cause significant problems if not treated appropriately. Get it checked out. ...Read more

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After hairline fracture of puttela opretion, exercise?

After hairline fracture of puttela opretion, exercise?

Timing: If you've had an operation to repair the patella, most times some motion is allowed early on, but typically full motion is not allowed for 4-6 weeks, depending on the injury and the repair method.

When you do exercise walking, ellipticals, and gentle stationary cycling are good. As for weights, avoid exercises like leg extensions, favoring closed chain movements like leg presses. Good luck! ...Read more

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If you had a hairline fracture, how severe would be the pain?

If you had a hairline fracture, how severe would be the pain?

Varies: Depending onperson's threshold for pain as well as exposure to pressure/stress on area such as weightbearing or motion affecting area. ...Read more

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How long does it usually take for a hairline fracture to heal?

How long does it usually take for a hairline fracture to heal?

Depends: Depends on fracture location and nutritional status mostly. This is a difficult question to answer. ...Read more

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How long does it typically take for a hairline fracture to heal?

How long does it typically take for a hairline fracture to heal?

8 to 12 weeks: A standard fractured bone that is in place without major displacement takes 8 to 12 weeks to heal in a healthy person with proper immobilization. Smoking, diabetes, osteoporosis, and other chronic conditions can prolong or delay this healing. Premature mobilization or weight bearing on the extremity could also cause delayed or non healing. ...Read more

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What medication for hairline fracture in rib?

What medication for hairline fracture in rib?

NSAID: A non steroidal anti-inflammatory medication can help with pain. An over the counter med should work fine. ...Read more

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Should I get a cast for a hairline fracture?

Cast or splint: Need for hairline fracture. It will reduce the pain and prevent the fracture from getting worse. ...Read more

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Does a hairline fracture always need a cast?

Does a hairline fracture always need a cast?

You may: With most fractures of the extremities, some type of immobilization is needed. It may not be a cast. It could be splinting, taping, bracing, special shoe (if foot) or casting. There are a variety of techniques to stabilize a fracture. The type used will depend on a variety of factors. Your doctor can explain what option (s) are available for your situation. Dr l. ...Read more

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If you have a hairline fracture do you need a cast?

Same as Other Fractu: As with all fractures, it depends upon the problem. Even with involvement of the growth plate, immobilzation for some, surgical repair for others. The orthopedist knows what is best for the specific situation. ...Read more

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I have a hairline fracture on my knee, what should I do?

I have a hairline fracture on my knee, what should I do?

See an orthopedist: There are so many different ways you can fracture you knee and in so many different places that you really need to see your friendly neighborhood orthopedist to tailor treatment based on your specific fracture and individual situation! ...Read more

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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