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I have a small fracture in my scapula. Can xrays tell if I have a tear? How long will i be out with a fractured scapula

I have a small fracture in my scapula. Can xrays tell if I have a tear? How long will i be out with a fractured scapula

Fractured scapula: Is an injury indicative of serious force. I hope you don't have any associated injuries to internal organs. X-rays usually are not helpful for muscle or ligament tears. Consult orthopedic surgeon for details. ...Read more

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Dr. Austina Cho
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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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Fell 3 weeks ago, fractured scapula. ROM decreasing and pain increasing daily. No bruising after fall. Now large bruise appeared. What do I do?

Fell 3 weeks ago, fractured scapula. ROM decreasing and pain increasing daily. No bruising after fall. Now large bruise appeared. What do I do?

Scapula fracture: Scapula fractures are mainly treated nonoperatively but fractures that involve the Glenoid may require surgery. Increasing pain at this point could be a result of you increasing your activity level(maybe too quickly) or could be a sign of fracture displacement. Either way you should follow up with your Orthopaedic surgeon. ...Read more

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How do you treat a fractured scapula thank you?

How do you treat a fractured scapula   thank you?

Generally these are: Treated without surgery if the fx is in the body of the scapula; if it involves the neck or the glenoid(the socket) and is displaced, then surgery to fix it. So it depends on the location of the fx.. ...Read more

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How long does it take for a fractured scapula spine (no displacement) to stop hurting?

How long does it take for a fractured scapula spine (no displacement) to stop hurting?

8-12 weeks: It will usually take 8-12 weeks to heal, the pain usually starts getting better quite a bit before that. ...Read more

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Can posterior rib fractures cause snapping scapula?

Can posterior rib fractures cause snapping scapula?

Yes, if multiple: Snapping scapula syndrome arises from either a soft-tissue or a skeletal anomaly within the scapulothoracic space that creates a cracking sound during scapulothoracic motion that patients associate with pain. ...Read more

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Will I need surgery for multiple rib fractures under right scapula?

Will I need surgery for multiple rib fractures under right scapula?

Usually not needed: Unless there are complications such as hemorrhage, rib fractures can be treated conservatively. Use ice packs every 4 hours, avoid coughing and straining , relieve pain with prescription medication. Get well. ...Read more

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Can I prevent posterior rib fractures from causing snapping scapula?

Time and Massages: Only time will help heal and stop the symptoms ...Read more

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Diagnosed with multiple rib fractures and snapping scapula. Do I need to seek a surgeon?

Snapping scapula: Yes, I would recommend consulting an orthopedic surgery who performs scapulothoracic arthroscopy (scope surgery) to see if you are a candidate ...Read more

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I had a C2 fracture and have been wearing a neck brace. Been told to take neck brace off after 3 months and now get pain in upper back near scapula?

Re check: The source of your discomfort may be that the muscles in the back of your neck that support your head maybe weak from not having been used during the time the brace was on. It may also be that the nerves that exit the area where the fracture was are still slightly impinged or may be still recovering from the original injury. Best to be reevaluated by the surgeon who did your procedure ...Read more

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Do open fractures in finger usually get an infection, even when they're bandaged?

Do open fractures in finger usually get an infection, even when they're bandaged?

Finger Fracture: Open finger fractures have a higher rate of infection then closed finger fractures but a lower rate of infection than open fractures in other areas of the body. They are usually treated with irrigation, debridement, fixation as needed and oral or IV antibiotics. ...Read more

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Should i return to the ER to have my fractured pinky re-splinted? I fractured my pinky yesterday and went to the ER to have it splinted. However, i believe the splint was put on incorrectly(it's weirdly bent and was cutting off circulation).

Should i return to the ER to have my fractured pinky re-splinted? I fractured my pinky yesterday and went to the ER to have it splinted.  However, i believe the splint was put on incorrectly(it's weirdly bent and was cutting off circulation).

If : If you are concerned about circulation you should return to the er right away. If you cannot, you can try to gently loosen the splint, however if your fracture was reduced ( put back in place) the splint may be there to hold the fracture in that new position and you should nt just take it off. Typically one splints the distal and proximal interphalangeal joints (near the nail and the joint above it) in extension or straight and the metacarpal phalangeal joints ( what we commonly refer to as our knuckles) in flexion. However swelling after a fracture can make a bandage get tighter and even if the bandage is not tight a flexed joint can compromise circulation if the finger swells too. Best to go back to the er or follow up with a hand surgeon in your area quickly. But if your circulation is compromised do not wait. ...Read more

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Did I re-fracture my hand? Lifted and threw 100lb maybe.

Did I re-fracture my hand? Lifted and threw 100lb maybe.

Possible: You re-fracture recently healed fracture or old healed fracture if you apply enough force on it to break the bone. Thank you. ...Read more

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Could you possibly re-injure a fractured bone?

Could you possibly re-injure a fractured bone?

Fracture: Yes it is certainly possible to re-fracture a bone especially is there is another trauma or incident that causes injury. If this is the case an x-ray is warranted. Best of luck! ...Read more

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By how many degrees does a broken bone have to be offset to have to get re-broken?

By how many degrees does a broken bone have to be offset to have to get re-broken?

Not always: Based on degrees of offset. Fractures need to be "set" if there is more than a 2 mm. Gap or obviously malaligned. The idea is to get the fragments as close together as possible, along with as normal alignment as can be obtained. If healed already, then revisiting the fracture is done only if it is causing some other problem. ...Read more

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I had a severe injury in may of this year. Fractured ulna and dislocation of elbow. Any comments re: surgery?

I had a severe injury in may of this year. Fractured ulna and dislocation of elbow. Any comments re: surgery?

Monteggia?: A fracture of the ulna w/ associated radial head subluxation / dislocation (@ elbow) is known as a monteggia fx./ dislocation. If recognized treatment is orif of the ulna( plating) and reduction of the radial head dislocation.( it usually reduces spontaneously after fixing ulna)... ...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