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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
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
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
Time and Massages: Only time will help heal and stop the symptoms ...Read more
Rib resection needed: See Thorasic surgeon for evaluationGet a more detailed answer ›
No: tib fib is one of the slowest healing fractures ...Read more
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
Chronic third rib fracture with large callus under right scapula. Painful grinding when I move my shoulder. Will the callus need to be removed?
Partial rib resectio: See thorasic surgeon for consult and evaluation. ...Read more
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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