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Sacrum Fracture Healing Process
Weight bear as tol.: Since you can not put the sacrum in a cast (it's above the tailbone) only time can heal a sacral fracture. Weight bearing as tolerated is the best treatment. Of concern is there a diagnosis of osteoporosis due to menopause, low testosterone or high blood calcium (parathyroid adenoma) ? A work-up may be needed. ...Read more
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
I recently fractured my right femur. I had a titanium rod implanted. Would smoking marijuana once a week slow down the healing process?
Unknown: There has never been a study done on this Although not condoned and illegal, I doubt it would delay the healing process ...Read more
Hi doc, how can I speed up the healing process of a fractured toe if I do not have the luxury of being able to not getting myself physically involved?
Be patient: The more you rest and elevate the foot, the quicker it will stop hurting and start healing. The more you're up on it, the more it will swell, throb, hurt, and potentially this can slow healing. Toe fractures take 6 weeks or slightly more to heal, you can not change this time frame. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Varies: It varies with age, health, surrounding, and other factors. Very young children may heal a fracture in this little and 3- 4 weeks, while adults, average six weeks, with geriatrics eight weeks and longer.Healing is quicker with proper alignment and immobilization. Surrounding soft tissue damage and preexisting health issues often retard the healing process. ...Read more
No smoking does: amen and merry Christmas, stop smoking and this will be a great gift to yourself, temporary nicotine patch to help is better than smoke, call 1800 quit now for more help/counseling ,stopping smoking will be one of the best things you will ever do for yoru health. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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See below: Yes chronic and heavy drinking disrupts the normal balance between bone formation by osteoblasts and the removal of old bone by osteoclasts. Alcohol has an adverse effect on osteoblast activity, thus suppressing new bone formation. "the empty space created by normal bone-removing activity is inadequately filled by newly formed bone, " chakkalakal explains in a press release issued by the university. "t. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Fractures: For bone to heal adequately, there must be no motion across the fracture site. Excess movement can cause a delay in fracture union. If your bone hasn't healed within an appropriate amount of time, your doctor may decide to order a bone stimulator for you. It's a painless device that uses electromagnetic energy to speed up bone healing. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Would it be preferred to consuming THC "edibles" as opposed to smoking marijuana during the healing process for broken bones?
If nsaids were in my system approx 1 mth prior to ankle fx and 1st 2 weeks approx of fracture could that hold up the healing process and why?
What is the healing process from a fracture from rupture of the periosteum to formation of a bony callus like?
Short course: Fx= torn perios=bleeding=hematoma. 4 +/- 7-10 days cells move in to clean up, a well as blood vessel. Not much healing 4 1-2 wks. Clot is formed, stem cells move in and set up house and form osteoblasts. As new bone is formed in the latis of the clot u c calcium/callus show up. Healing assumes the form of a lump around the bone ends& 6-8 wks solid. As it remodels 2 accept the stresses lump=+/-anat. ...Read more
What are the effects of smoking marijuana, if any, on bone growth during the healing process of a fracture, specifically around titanium plates?
Potentially: This would vary with the frequency and intensity of exposure. Smoking of anything can cause changes in the circulation at the capillary level and impair/slow blood flow. This directly effects healing. I know some surgeons who will not do elective surgery on smokers for that reason. ...Read more
What is the best diet and routines i can add to my life to help the healing process of a bone fracture (broken big toe)?
That toe : Fracture is getting to you. Relax, be thankful it was not worse. You didn't tell us how you broke it. One thing you can check is your vitamin d levels, many people are low. Make sure yours are normal, if not supplement as per your doc to get them normal. Again, your injury doesn't sound so severe, so try and relax. Sounds like you will heal fine. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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