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Waterproof Casts For Broken Bones
Splinting or casting: In the proper position is the single most important ting to treat a hand fracture. Finger and hand joints get stiff quiclky if poorly positioned. The immobilzation must offer a secure afe position that allows healing to ccur without prolonging recovery. Typically this is for a nondisplaced or displaced fracture that can be held stable. For unfixable or unstalbe fractures internal fixaiton is adde. ...Read more
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
Non displaced fracture, ankle w/ space in fibula. Cast removed, no boot ordered told to walk. Dr; if gap doesn't close will rebreak and plate. Advice?
As your doctor says.: We don't know the size of the chips or the extent of your injury. Sometimes damage to tendons, ligaments and muscles can be more serious than small chips. Your doc knows the answer or will refer to an orthopedist or a podiatrist if needed. Without knowing that, we can't give you a very accurate answer, but it could take 4-6 weeks or more to heal.. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Hardware: Can go either way. Depends on if the hardware is bothersome after you heal the fracture. Plates and screws are used to hold the bones in place til the fracture heals. Once healed, the hardware is useless... Consult your doc if you feel you want the hardware removed. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
3rd and 4th metacarpals broken. have 1 screw for each of the broken bones. they used volar slab as a cast. it is possible to use ulnar gutter slab?
Fibula spiral fracture at ankle: 6 weeks in cast, typically, what is follow up treatment after cast is removed?X rays look great.
Yes: Are removal or orthopedic fixation devices (eg. Screws/plates), the bones remodel and fill in the defects left by the hardware. ...Read more
Varies: It does vary in part on surgeons preference and also the nature of the bone and fracture involved. When the screw is removed, there is a hollow bone tunnel left where the screw was that slowly fills in with bone. In some situations, this can act as a stress riser to create a new fracture and that is the usual rationale for protecting some patients with a cast after screw removal. Thank you. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Bayonet apposition of complete fractured radius and ulna under arm cast as seen in xray both bones are in parallel position, would it heal?
Yes : As i told you before it would be best if this were treated operatively but yes it will most probably heal but with some loss of function/ length / motion ect also check vit d level as if it is low then healing will be negatively impacted. ...Read more
I am wearing a cast for complete breaks of ulna\radius. Is it possible to displace the alignment of the bones while wearing a cast?
Yes, absolutely : A cast provides some protection and stability to a reduced fracture, but the bones can still displace - especially in the first 2-3 weeks. Plates and screws are better at stabilizing the fracture. Things that you can do: follow your doctor's restrictions regarding use of the arm (no lifting, etc), follow up regularly for x-ray, keep the cast clean and dry, change your cast if it become loose. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Temporary fixation: Fracture of femur usually requires surgery to repair. Most of the adult femur fractures are trated by i/m rod that goes in side the bone to stabilize it while it heals. If for some reason i/m rod is not an option then external fixator is applied with a metal bar outside to keep bone in position so it can heal. Femur will usually take 3-6 month to heal , but it gets stronger every month. ...Read more
Had boxers fracture in splint for 14 days. Can i take off splint and buddy splint and wrap my metacarpal bones 2-5 in self adherent wrap?
Depends on healing: I do allow buddy taping of the 5th and 4th fingers for a 5th metacarpal fracture once the fracture has stabilized. Fracture stability is indicated by lack of new displacement and angulation plus the presence of new bone on the x-rays, indicating healing. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Broke ankle thru. 2plates, 14 screws. 13 days cast and stitches removed. Sent home in tensor bandage. Is that normal?
Ankle fracture: Usually for an operated fractured ankle, there needs to be outside stability as well as internal stability around the fracture. This means a splint/cast until fracture healing is deemed satisfactory. It is different for all patients. If your physician felt your ankle fracture has healed satisfactorily enough, then it may be "normal". Please post more details if questions. Hope i helped! ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Stress fracture- 3rd metatarsal- still not healed after 13 weeks boot, crutches. Specialist? (is surgery necessary?) or a cast to further immobilize?
Specialist : stress fractures are still fractures and need 6-8 weeks to heal. If you are still having pain then the reason for it happening needs to be looked into. Stress fractures can be recurring as it is from a response to too much force in an area not meant for that pressure. They typically do not go on to outright fracture and do not need surgery. See a foot specialist too clarify why it's still there ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Bone is a living growing tissue made mostly of collagen (protein that provides soft framework) & the mineral calcium phosphate that adds strength & hardens the framework. Two types of bone are found in the body; cortical (dense compact outer layer) & trabecular (makes up inner layer, ...Read more