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In the event of a thyroid cartilage fracture with no displacement and no other damage, what is the usual treatment? Is there any need for surgery?

In the event of a thyroid cartilage fracture with no displacement and no other damage, what is the usual treatment? Is there any need for surgery?

Thyroid fracture: There is no need for any intervention. Avoid any pressure or trauma to neck. May take PTC ibuprofen for discomfort. It will heal on its own in a few weeks. ...Read more

Dr. Ana Adelstein
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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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I was diagnosed with a fractured thyroid cartlidge and a fractured hyroid in my throat back oct. How long does it take to heal and what about surgery?

I was diagnosed with a fractured thyroid cartlidge and a fractured hyroid in my throat back oct. How long does it take to heal and what about surgery?

Thyroid cartilage fx: If you have not been operated on by now, it probably would not work this far out. I presume an ear nose and throat doctor scoped you and determined that there were no laryngeal injuries. If so, there would have been an offer for surgery. If the fracture of the cartilage is non displaced, you do not have to fix it. Hyoid bone fractures are not repaired unless there is crepitus (sounds) with swallow. ...Read more

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Thyroid cartilage increase?

Thyroid cartilage increase?

Likely normal: Since you are a 15 year male the enlargement in the thyroid cartilage (adam's apple) is likely a normal part of puberty. Suggest you see your family doctor to be sure it is the cartilage and not the thyroid gland. ...Read more

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At what age would you expect the thyroid cartilage to fully ossify? Is it abnormal for this to have occurred by the age 44?

At what age would you expect the thyroid cartilage to fully ossify? Is it abnormal for this to have occurred by the age 44?

Thyroid cartilage: It does not usually ossify. It should not cause you any problem if your basic blood tests are normal. On another note, there are many treatments for depression, you should consider taking something for your hopelessness, as I feel you should not be hopeless ever. Dr m. ...Read more

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I fractured chest wall cartilage, what to do?

I fractured chest wall cartilage, what to do?

Conservative: Basically you will need rest, anti inflammatory medications, and possibly use of a rib belt. It can take 3-6 months for healing.

good luck ...Read more

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What to do if I have fractured chest wall cartilage?

What to do if I have fractured chest wall cartilage?

Generally nothing --: Except pain meds and support bandage and to support the chest wall when coughing/sneezing, or doing any sudden movements to minimize the pain and discomfort.
I would suggest you see your PCP or a surgeon to ensure you have no underlying injury to the Lungs, trachea, major vessels and the heart, diaphragm, have any associated injuries to other parts of the body.
Good Luck. ...Read more

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For what reasons might a bone fracture be preferable to a torn ligament, or to damaged cartilage?

For what reasons might a bone fracture be preferable to a torn ligament, or to damaged cartilage?

As a fx can be seen: On a xray and its healing can be appreciated over a period of time. The ligaments or cartilage injuries can not be appreciated so well. A bad (severe) ligament injury can be worse than a fx, as they can take 3-4 months. It can be quite frustrating for the pt and the physician, as healing can not be appreciated fully. ...Read more

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How does the hyaline cartilage repair after bone fracture?

No: Hyaline cartilage has a very limited ability to heal. There are hosts of scientists looking at how to enhance its healing potential. However, there are no good ways to do it currently. If a fracture that enters a joint also damaged the hyaline cartilage, the best that can be done is to get the joint fracture repaired as anatomically as possible. ...Read more

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Where does the hyaline cartilage come from for bone fracture repair?

Where does the hyaline cartilage come from for bone fracture repair?

Hyaline cartilage: Dose not participte in fracture healing, the cell of the bone dose that. ...Read more

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What location does the hyaline cartilage come from to assist during the bone fracture repair?

What location does the hyaline cartilage come from to assist during the bone fracture repair?

The Hyaline cartila-: Ge is found on the ends of the bones, as part of a joint.
I am unaware of this cartilage assisting in fx repair, if I understand the question. ...Read more

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When ppl say nasal fracture, does it mean a break of the nasal bone or the cartilage or both?

When ppl say nasal fracture, does it mean a break of the nasal bone or the cartilage or both?

Either one: Trauma to the nose may break the nasal bones or the nasal cartilages. This can make the nose crooked or lead to nasal congestion or blockage. A nose surgeon should be able to assess the injuries ad advise how best to treat them. ...Read more

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My tibial fracture was above the level of the ankle. I hope when everything is healed I wud walk properly? What r other causes besides cartilage damag

Tibial fractures: With tibial fractures above the ankle, depending on the way you were injured, you may have soft tissue damage to tendons, muscles, nerves, lymphatic vessels, blood vessels. You can also experience bone shortening even after fracture has healed. Careful evaluation by your doctor or orthopedist or podiatrist should be performed. ...Read more

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I'm a 19 year old male and I fractured the cartilage disc on my sc joint on new years. Surgery was not recommended and the injury seemed to heal fi?

I'm a 19 year old male and I fractured the cartilage disc on my sc joint on new years. Surgery was not recommended and the injury seemed to heal fi?

Sc joint: Most sternoclavicular injuries are treat without surgery. If you are doing well now without symptoms 3 mth after injury I would advance activity as tolerated. ...Read more

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Doc says pothole in knee cartilage. Wants to do micro fracture. Have heard horror stories. Any good options? Pain and swelling with activity.

Knee Cartilage: Oats (osteochondral autograft transfer system) and/or mosaicplasty are also options for chondral defects or "pot holes" in knee cartilage. There are a number of cartilage restoration options available as well. Discuss these with the orthopedic surgeon before electing to proceed with operative intervention. ...Read more

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I have 2nd metatarsal fracture (non-displaced) and a cartilage tear. How should this be treated? I have tried walking boot (2x) and cortisone.

I have 2nd metatarsal fracture (non-displaced) and a cartilage tear. How should this be treated? I have tried walking boot (2x) and cortisone.

More information.: Treatment depends on several things, including but not limited to, location of fracture, health, age, vascular condition and weight. Typically, a cast boot works fine as long as there is minimal ambulation and respect for the fracture site. Cortisone seems a little excessive, but there could be a reason. To remove all doubt, a second opinion is advisable. ...Read more

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Hip pain while walking but now it hurts sitting. My x ray showed no fracture. My pcp thinks its a cartilage problem. Waiting on ortho. Prob of cartil?

Well: Can Be several things cartilage problem ligament problem muscle problem or arthritis. Consult orthopedist for specific diagnosis and treatment keep your appointment ...Read more

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I'm a 32yr old female. I had micro-fracture surgery on the articular cartilage of the femoral bone a year ago in march. I still cannot go up steps without tremendous pain. What steps should I take next?

Microfracture: You need follow up evaluation & possible mri. Microfracture is not successful 100% of the time. Other conservative options may include injections of cortisone or hyaluronic acid, pt, bracing, etc. Surgical options include repeat microfracture, osteochondral autograft (oats or mosaicplasty), or autologous chondrocyte implantation. ...Read more

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I am 20 years old at 17 I dove of a bridge into open water I have a first rib cartilage fracture at the sc joint, what can be done? Will it ever heal?

I am 20 years old at 17 I dove of a bridge into open water I have a first rib cartilage fracture at the sc joint, what can be done? Will it ever heal?

Yes it should: Sterniclavicular injuries are common. At age 17 as u stated this is really a fracture as the medial clavicle growth plate is one of the last to close (usually age 18-21). It's unusual that u are still having pain here 3 years after the initial injury unless u are continuing to 'stress' the joint (bench press, push- ups etc.)almost all of these injuries are treated non-operatively... Gl! ...Read more

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Can deviated septum or minor upper bridge fracture or cartilage chip cause sinus pressure headaches? Left sinus about 60% blocked since minor bruise.

Can deviated septum or minor upper bridge fracture or cartilage chip cause sinus pressure headaches? Left sinus about 60% blocked since minor bruise.

So many of them can: Deviated septum and blocked sinuses can cause headaches. Minor upper bridge fracture or cartilage chip may or may not cause. You should see an e n t doctor, if you have not yet seen one. ...Read more

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I have two cysts on my thyroid, diagnosed with osteopenia and have had three unexplained rib fractures. Hyperparathyroidism? Do I need to get checked?

Broken ribs: A 43 yo male shouldn't have rib fractures without a history of significant chest trauma. Your bones are likely osteopenic or osteoporotic. This needs a dexa scan. Hyperparathyroidism is a possible explanation for thus. I would recommend paired calcium, ionized calcium, and intact PTH at a minimum be drawn. If these come back elevated, then get referred to a surgeon to order their preferred imaging ...Read more

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What will cause premature ejaculation in a 31 year old male thyroid removed fractured L4 L3 L5 spin?

If U R on adequate-: -replacement, not the cause even low or high thyroid levels would have no effect. Also compression fractures would have the opposite effect due 2 pain. C Ur PCP & look for the cause. ...Read more

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Negative chest Cat scan for rib fracture but radiologist recommends MRI with contrast of thyroid for my 12 year old. I'm not getting a reason why?

Negative chest Cat scan for rib fracture but radiologist recommends MRI with contrast of thyroid for my 12 year old. I'm not getting a reason why?

Not a clue: We do not have the history, exam or CAT scan to review, so we could only guess that something in the cat scan was suspicious. I'd call your doc, who might have received a call from the radiologist. One of the problems of these advanced technologies is they find stuff we weren't looking for that points out a need for another test. Some of the stuff is worrisome, some turns out to be okay. ...Read more

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How many days it takes to heal a fractured neck of your humerus?

How many days it takes to heal a fractured neck of your humerus?

Variable: Depending on age of patient & whether the patient has osteopenia or osteoporosis the healing time will be variable. Generally speaking the fracture should heal in 8 to 12 weeks. ...Read more

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What does it mean to fracture your neck?

Cervical Fracture: There are 7 cervical bones, that join the base of the skull to the rest of the spine in the thoracic (chest) area. A fracture of your neck means that one of these 7 bones has a fracture somewhere. Some are unstable and life-threatening, while others are stable and relatively minor. ...Read more

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Can you fracture your neck doing pull ups?

Can you fracture your neck doing pull ups?

Don't think so.: Never heard of this happening. Pull ups do not place the cervical vertebra at risk for fracture. ...Read more

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What are the tests for neck fracture?

What are the tests for neck fracture?

Radiologic: Diagnosis of neck fracture starts with plain spine x-rays. If DX is uncertain or suspicious for pathologic fx (bone infiltrated by tumor of any kind, including malignancies), then further imaging is required, such as ct, mri, bone scan, pet scan. These decisions must be made by the diagnostician involved. ...Read more

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I'm curious as to what's the chance for surviving a neck fracture?

Very good: Unless the fracture is a dislocation, most neck fractures are fixable with surgery and many without surgery. ...Read more

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What can I do for my mom's neck fracture?

What can I do for my mom's neck fracture?

See doctor: Take her to see an orthopedic or neurosurgeon! ...Read more

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How long does it take to heal a c1 & C2 neck fracture?

How long does it take to heal a c1 & C2 neck fracture?

3+ months: Fractures of c1 and C2 range from very mild fractures to severe fractures that place the spinal cord at risk. Some need a simple collar, some a halo, and others a surgery. Depending on the specific fracture and how it is treated, it can take 3-6 months to be completely healed. All c1 and C2 fractures should be seen by a spine surgeon to make sure they heal properly to protect your spinal cord. ...Read more

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My doc says I've got neck fracture. What does this mean?

My doc says I've got neck fracture. What does this mean?

Need more info: Having a neck fracture is a very serious matter and and can not be taken lightly. Need more information to give you the propper answer. How it was diagnosed? Where in the neck it is? What symptoms you have? Etc. ...Read more

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How long do I need to wear a neck brace for a neck fracture?

Discuss with MD: The duration of bracing is highly dependent on the type of fracture. You need to discuss this with your spine surgeon who is treating you. ...Read more

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What are the signs and symptoms after a femoral neck fracture?

Femoral neck fx: Most often, groin pain following a fall. Typically patients have inability to walk or standings affected leg. Diagnosis made with x-ray. Sometimes if fractureissuspected, but x-ray is non-diagnostic, MRI can make a diagnosis. ...Read more

Cartilage (Definition)

Cartilage is a specialized type of tissue found in joints and areas that two bones come together. It is made up of specialized cells that live in the midst of proteins and sugars that absorb and release water similar to a sponge. Healthy cartilage helps decrease friction in joints, absorbs shock and protects the ends of the bone. Degradation of ...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