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Dr. Ryan Pflugner
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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 got ahairline fracture in my 5th metacarpal, splint is enough in this type or i would prefer cast?

I got ahairline fracture in my 5th metacarpal, splint is enough in this type or i would prefer cast?

Ulnar gutter splint: Splint for 3-4 weeks okay if it immobilizes the joint above and below the fracture site. Your pcp or hand surgeon can ensure that you do not need manipulation and then will customize an ulnar gutter splint for you. ...Read more

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I fractured my hand (brawler's fracture) but do not want to have a cast because I need to type for work. What can I do?

I fractured my hand (brawler's fracture) but do not want to have a cast because I need to type for work. What can I do?

Boxer's fracture?: If you mean a boxer's fracture i'm sorry to tell you a cast may be your best bet sometimes these are operated on to fix the bone if can't be reduced but surgery is not usually done just to avoid a cast. ...Read more

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How long do people usually wear casts for if they have a fractured ankle?

How long do people usually wear casts for if they have a fractured ankle?

Healing times vary: Healing rates may vary on various factors. In general bone may take 4-8 weeks to heal. You may be placed in a cast initially and then be asked to wear a rigid walking boot for the remainder of the healing process. ...Read more

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Might there be any new ways of treating and fixing fractures than using heavy plaster of paris casts?

Might there be any new ways of treating and fixing fractures than using heavy plaster of paris casts?

Need more info: Fractures can be treated by a variety of means and plaster of paris is rarely used now. Currently, fiberglass is more commonly used and is lighter. Also, specialized liners have been developed to allow for water proof casting. Additionally, for some fractures, surgery will allow for a more rapid recovery. ...Read more

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Are there any new ways of treating and fixing fractures besides using a heavy plaster of paris casts?

Of course: We have so many ways of fixing fractures, including lightweight casts, splints, and braces. We also have so many surgical techniques from invasive to minimally invasive. Now, it depends on the bone that is broken and the relative best way to restore form and function. ...Read more

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Will i need some casts for pinky fracture?

Finger fractures : Can be casted, but usually if the fracture involves the very tip with a small avulisonof a tendon suchas a mallet finger or for a metacarpal. For many phalangeal fractures splints made of metal or plastic or plaster can be used. If course the fracture needs operative treatment. A splitn or cast may still be used in addition often plaster splints are confused with casts. ...Read more

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Cast (Definition)

Children's bones will usually heal and remodel themselves, if they are kept in the correct position. Immobilization casts are one effective way to do this, while also protecting ...Read more


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