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What are long term effects that can come up from a spiral fracture in your hand?

What are long term effects that can come up from a spiral fracture in your hand?

Depends on...: How well the fracture is reduced and which bone is involved. For example, a spiral fracture of a metacarpal might not cause much deformity when the fingers are extended, but may cause the injured finger to cross its neighbor upon making a fist. Other deformities are possible. See a hand surgeon to assure the best healing and to minimize complications.

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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How to treat a spiral hand fracture?

How to treat a spiral hand fracture?

Splint and boddy: Tapping of the two finger together, surgery may be needed if you can not control rotation.

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I had a tibia spiral fracture a yr ago had a nail and 4 screws, non union so larger nail and screws removed but still having pain, what's going on?

I had a tibia spiral fracture a yr ago had a nail and 4 screws, non union so larger nail and screws removed but still having pain, what's going on?

Nonunion: An xray is needed to see if the bone healed if not healed that could be causing the pain. If bone is healed pain could be coming from soft tissues or from the metal. Needs evaluation.

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If I had a nail put in for my tibial spiral fracture, can it ever be removed?

If I had a nail put in for my tibial spiral fracture, can it ever be removed?

Yes: It can be removed provided the fracture is healed. It doesn't have to be removed, however. Removing it requires another anesthetic and all the risks associated with surgery (bleeding, infection, nerve or vessel damage) so you must consider all those factors in your decision.

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In January of 2014, I had got a spiral fracture in and palm. I had got surgery for it with plates to connect it for about 6 months. Although after I had got them removed I had only one session of therapy, making my pinkie not able to bend properly or havi

In January of 2014, I had got a spiral fracture in and palm. I had got surgery for it with plates to connect it for about 6 months. Although after I had got them removed I had only one session of therapy, making my pinkie not able to bend properly or havi

Varies: Your question cut off due to its length. If you are saying you have a contracture of your finger related to an injury and surgeries, initial treatment would involve a full course of therapy and dynamic splinting, if that was not successful then a surgical lysis of adhesions would usually be indicated. Discuss your specific case with your surgeon.

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How is a spiral fracture to the humerous treated?

How is a spiral fracture to the humerous treated?

Humeral cuff: We apply humeral cuff & and sling if the patient have no complication due to the fracture.

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What causes a spiral fracture to the femur?

Physical abuse: A spiral fracture is a fracture wherein the bone is twisted apart like a cork screw. It is usually associated with physical or sexual abuse the femur is one of the strongest bones in the body. Considerable force needs to be taken to break your femur bone. The most common cause of femur fracture is car accidents or falls from heights.

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What should I do about a spiral fracture of the metacarpal bone?

What should I do about a spiral fracture of the metacarpal bone?

Meta Carpal Fracture: Spiral fractures are due to twisting injury to this bone. It typically heals in 3 weeks. It needs surgical fixation sometimes if it is displaced or angulated.

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What could cause a spiral fracture in the femur of a 5 week old infant?

What could cause a spiral fracture in the femur of a 5 week old infant?

Abuse or defect: My top thought would be the twisting action of a grumpy parent trying to change a diaper in a crying infant. There are some rare metabolic disorders that would make the bones weak, and accidental injury more possible. However, I would place abuse, even by accident, at the top of my list, and pursue a full family evaluation. Many larger hospitals have a team that works thru this issue.

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If a baby has a spiral fracture to the arm would it be visible on future x rays?

If a baby has a spiral fracture to the arm would it be visible on future x rays?

Possibly: Although the body's ability to heal & remodel a broken bone is amazing (especially in an infant) evidence of an old fracture may show on radiograph (x-ray) especially if the fracture fragments are not in perfect alignment. Thus the bone should be x-rayed, aligned, & cast/braced by orthopedic surgeon to prevent deformity or decreased function.

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12 yr son has spiral fracture of tibia doc says non displaced but not completely stable, if becomes displaced will require surgery how likely is this?

12 yr son has spiral fracture of tibia doc says non displaced but not completely stable, if becomes displaced will require surgery how likely is this?

Unlikely: Usually initial degree of displacement is the worst. Should be ok in cast. Needs to have serial xrays. Needs moderate displacement for surgery in a 12 year old.

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Describe spiral fracture?

Describe spiral fracture?

Biscuit pack opening: Similar to image of a container of pre-made biscuits being opened, a spiral fracture basically unravels as it breaks commonly due to the rotatory force applied to the bone at the time of injury. The increased bony surface area between the two fracture parts may help provide a more robust healing environment.

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What's a spiral fracture?

What's a spiral fracture?

Spiral fracture: This is a fracture that is not linear and does not cross the width of the bone. It is usually elongated and travels the length of the bone instead of the width of the bone.

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How is a spiral fracture repaired?

How is a spiral fracture repaired?

Spiral means the: Shape and configuration of the fracture is "spiral". Much depends where it is, a spiral fracture in the tibia or lower leg in a toddler is different than one associated with a crooked finger in the hand from a dog leash injury. Principles of fracture treatment anywhere may be to observe and splint or to correct deformity if needed, how may be to reduce it with manipulation, then add cast or surger.

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What to do if I get a spiral fracture in the metacarpals?

Goto the orthopedic: Surgeon he will take care of it for you. In the meanwhile if you have splint use it and do body taping of that finger to next finger.

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Spiral fracture in an infant by accident. How is this treated?

Spiral fracture in an infant by accident. How is this treated?

Depends on the bone: Depends on he bone and displacement. Femur fractures would be treated in a hip spica cast. Fortunately, infants have great remodeling potentiial.

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What could causes a spiral fracture of tibia and fibular in children?

Trauma: I have seen this in a kid who fell over his day roughhousing, which was the only somewhat innocent cause I could think of. The injury implys a twisting form of trauma. I suppose a kid who stuck his leg in a hole & fell over could do it, but the possibility of inflicted trauma must be considered.

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