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Dr. Patricia Foster
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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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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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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).

Yes. : Yes. If it is only a day old, it will be easy to reduce again if the reduction has been lost. Also, some finger fractures are unstable enough that they cannot be reduced with a splint and will need some type of operative reduction and stabilization. Having said that, i would return to the er to have the splint adjusted. If you are not satisfied with the reduction and appearance of the finger, you should see a hand surgeon (see link) sooner rather than later (within the next few days.) good luck! ...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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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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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

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Fractured my foot about 8 months ago and it started throbbing again after I smacked my other foot yesterday. Normal? I'm assuming they're not related

Fractured my foot about 8 months ago and it started throbbing again after I smacked my other foot yesterday. Normal? I'm assuming they're not related

Foot pain: "Sympathy" pain. Unless you had recent trauma to that leg/foot - NOT related. You may have sprained it after hobbling around from the recent opposite foot injury but otherwise did no harm. Good luck. ...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

Dr. Jeffrey Wint
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Broken Bone (Definition)

A bone fracture is a condition in which there is a break in the bone. It can be caused by a high force injury or it may result from a previous medical condition that involves weakening of the bone. Common symptoms include severe pain, swelling of the surrounding ...Read more