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Had soft ulna fracture last year. Still experiencing pain when temperature changes. Why does this happen and when is it going to stop?

Had soft ulna fracture last year. Still experiencing pain when temperature changes. Why does this happen and when is it going to stop?

Will resolve: It can take a year or 2 until the bone fully remodels (reshapes). The bone lining is sensitive to pressure changes until the entire healing process is over. ...Read more

Dr. Steven Griggs
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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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Things to look out for when you have a ulna fracture I have a bump where my fracture is want to no why

Things to look out for when you have a ulna fracture I have a bump where my fracture is want to no why

Most: Most ulna fractures heal well with conservative management with casting or bracing. The bump over the fracture site can be from swelling or callous from where the bone healed. If the bump is becoming bigger, you should consult your orthopaedic surgeon and obtain a repeat x-ray to make sure the fracture is healing properly. ...Read more

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When can I return to weight lifting after ulna fracture/surgery?

When can I return to weight lifting after ulna fracture/surgery?

Healing: One an x-ray confirms that the bone is healed, you can start back to exercise. It is recommended that you start slowly and progress as tolerated. Healing bone needs to see gradual increases in strain so that it can get stronger. Good luck! ...Read more

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What if there is no callus formation on the complete fractured radius ulna? Overlapping fractured seen in xray

What if there is no callus formation on the complete fractured radius ulna? Overlapping fractured seen in xray

Hard to say: May be too early to see callus, nonunion, etc. X-ray findings need to be correlated with history and physical exam, preferably by an orthopedic surgeon. There is no shortcut to this. ...Read more

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I have nerve damage from my ulna/radius fractures (complete breaks) from 6 weeks ago. I have a horrible burning sensation. Will it get better on its own?

I have nerve damage from my ulna/radius fractures (complete breaks) from 6 weeks ago. I have a horrible burning sensation. Will it get better on its own?

May or may not: More info. About the location of fracture needed. However sometimes the symptoms become chronic and may last years. You are on appropriate symptomatic treatment. ...Read more

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I got my radius and ulna complete fracture 3months now got my xray and report that no callus formation appreciated well I can move my arm now better?

Not enough info: In this country almost every adult radius and ulna fracture is treated with plates/screws. (open reduction and internal fixation). In that case little to no callus is seen. If treated in a cast only, I would be concerned if there is no callus seen and would suspect at least delayed healing (delayed union). If that is the case then surgery may be needed. ...Read more

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What are possible solutions to a fractured ulna?

What are possible solutions to a fractured ulna?

Cast or surgery: The ulna fracture if is not displaced you could treat him cast, if displaced you need to do surgery for it. ...Read more

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Should I exercise with a fractured ulna?

Should I exercise with a fractured ulna?

No: Ulna's can have trouble healing stillness is required to get the bone ends to heal cast plate stillness is best. ...Read more

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I have been in a splint for 4 and a half weeks for a fractured ulna is it ok to take it off now?

Need X-rays: Only x-rays can answer this question. The bone must be healed before immobilization is terminated. Some ulna fractures can take 8 weeks or more to heal. Do not assume it is healed, without x-rays. ...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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I had accident last month & broke my left arm Ulna shift, the fracture is simple and not displaced. After 4 weeks the X-ray 2day not showing progress.

Not unusual: That is not uncommon. For healing to show up in X-ray, it has to be pretty far along. Most ulnar shaft fractures heal by about 8 weeks, but we typically don't see much on X-ray at 4 weeks. The main reason we get an X-ray at that point is just to make sure it is still in good alignment. ...Read more

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I've removed kwires from my healed ulna and radius fracture and I would like to know when will I get full motion of wrist and when will it be stronger?

I've removed kwires from my healed ulna and radius fracture and I would like to know when will I get full motion of wrist and when will it be stronger?

Much depends upon th: E extent of injury, residual deformity, tissue factors, general health etc, but assumong good health and adequate alignment for a n injury that was treatable with expectant decent results it typically is a 3-4 month procress from injury to feeling more normal but subtle things can linger for months later. Despite returning to full activity long before that. Note this is a very general answer. ...Read more

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Please tell me what type of cast would you wear if you fractured your ulna about an inch or two from your elbow?

Please tell me what type of cast would you wear if you fractured your ulna about an inch or two from your elbow?

Ulna fracture: If midshaft or so called nightstick fracture may not need a cast. Fractures close
To the elbow may need a long arm cast but must
Be assessed for
Elbow function and stability and could need surgery if displaced Distal fractures and injuries to the drug need
Reduction and casting or surgery ...Read more

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I fractured my ulna in my right arm 7 days ago. It is painful just walking around. Is that normal? I usually have a high pain tolerance.

Yes: Until the ends of the bone become "sticky" a little motion can be painful. Usually by 2 weeks the pain should significantly decrease. ...Read more

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I fractured my ulna a month ago. I an still having swelling and I am not able to move my arm at all. Have not seen dr in 3 wks. Is this normal?

I fractured my ulna a month ago. I an still having swelling and I am not able to move my arm at all. Have not seen dr in 3 wks. Is this normal?

See your doctor: While a fractured ulna can still result in swelling and pain over the time interval you describe, it should be improving. If the condition is not getting better, then follow up with your treating doctor. ...Read more

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Fractured radius & ulna in 3 months ago. No op, cast 6 was. Fingers stiff and sore and some actions are difficult. Swelling at inner elbow - related?

Fractured radius & ulna in 3 months ago. No op, cast 6 was. Fingers stiff and sore and some actions are difficult. Swelling at inner elbow - related?

Maybe related: You need to see your doctor for initial assessment, you may be referred to an orthopedic surgeon for further management, good luck ...Read more

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Throbbing pain in wrist, compound fracture radius ulna 14years ago? Two metal rods still in place today. Allergic to anti inflammatory medication.

Check with a Hand MD: With a history of previous wrist trauma, it is worrisome that you are now having increased wrist pain. Recommend xrays and a consult with a fellowship trained hand surgeon. ...Read more

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Http://imgur. Com/a/5ykh7 fractured radius. Dr concerned with distance between radius/ulna. Still pain after 2.5 weeks on ulnar side. Sprain or worse?

Repeat X-rays: Not all injuries get appreciated on first films. If you have continued pains for more than 7-10 days, getting follow up studies/x-rays would help. A ct or MRI might be in order too. ...Read more

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What amount force or trauma does it take to fracture the radius or ulna?

A fall: Tripping and bracing yourself with your arm outstretched when you fall is enough force to break either bone. So, not a lot depending on your age and health of bones. ...Read more

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Think I may have fractured my arm fell and landed on the ulna side of my arm tender when I move my pinky finger the pain comes shooting up my arm

Think I may have fractured my arm fell and landed on the ulna side of my arm tender when I move my pinky finger the pain comes shooting up my arm

On the internet?: What do you expect here? If you think you have broken your arm you go to the doctor. You do not search the internet. You need an exam and possibly even an Xray. None of that will be found on the internet. ...Read more

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How would I know if my fracture radius and ulna are healing?

How would I know if my fracture radius and ulna are healing?

Pain and x-rays: The 2 primary indicators of fracture healing are resolution of pain and x-rays. If your pain is improving or gone then that's usually an excellent indication that the fracture is healing or healed. X-rays are used to confirm fracture healing as well. ...Read more

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How soon I can start my arm rehab, after cast has been removed from fractured radius and ulna?

How soon I can start my arm rehab, after cast has been removed from fractured radius and ulna?

Typically as soon: As the cast comes off rehab begins and even before range of motion of fingers, elbow if free and even forearm rotation. Therapy is not static, it changes as one progresses, alters depending upon what is needed AND you don't just get therapy when there, one needs to do exercises all the time at home to do well. Speak to your doctor and therapist, don't delay too long ...Read more

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Complete overriding fracture are noted in the distal thirds of right radius and ulna possible of healing even without metal plates?

See an orthopaedist: Adults do not usually do better with reduction of the injury you describe. It might heal, but you would probably lose function (muscle strength, mobility to position your hand). See an orthopaedic surgeon that cares for upper extremity (arm) trauma. ...Read more

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Are xray always realiable than the physical feeling on the broken bones? Eg. Radius and ulna better on manipulation but different on xray

Are xray always realiable than the physical feeling on the broken bones? Eg. Radius and ulna better on manipulation but different on xray

Kinda sorta: Talk to your orthopedic surgeon about your concerns. We use xrays to confirm proper lineup of bones as well as healing (look for callus formation). We're here to treat you so it's possible that your bones slip out of position from manipulation to xray. Bottom line: talk to your bone doc. ...Read more

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How long will a broken bone hurt? I broke my ulna 2 weeks ago and it still hurts. It is a clean break that did not need to be set but is in a cast.

How long will a broken bone hurt? I broke my ulna 2 weeks ago and it still hurts. It is a clean break that did not need to be set but is in a cast.

Is cast too tight?: Sometimes, there is swelling after a cast is applied. Such swelling can be serious and cause ongoing pain. Generally, if your broken bone is casted correctly, there is not much pain on a non-weight bearing area. Are you using your arm too much or putting strain on it? Have you reinjured it? If not, please see your bone doctor in 24-48 hours. Make sure to say you are having pain!!! Good Luck ...Read more

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What to do if I fell on my elbow and feel a fracture (break) of my ulna bone?

X-ray: Only way to tell is by takinf an xray, unless the arm is deformed by the fracture. ...Read more

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How long will you be in a cast with a compound fracture of the ulna and radius?

How long will you be in a cast with a compound fracture of the ulna and radius?

Frature healed: The cast is used to prtect the frature untill is healed, that may take 8-16 weeks ...Read more