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What does fracture mean?

What does fracture mean?

Broken bone : A fracture is the medical term for a broken bone. This is defined as a disruption in the natural structure of the bone as a result of an acute injury, repetitive overloading or pathologic weakness of the bone. ...Read more

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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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Fractured sesamoid bone? What does that mean?

Fractured sesamoid bone? What does that mean?

Broken your sesamoid: Two very small sesamoids (about the size of corn) are found in the underside of the forefoot near the great toe, one on the outer side of the foot and the other closer to the middle of the foot. Like other bones, sesamoids can break (fracture). It is common among ballet dancers, runners and baseball catchers. ...Read more

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What does it meant to have an trimalleolar fracture?

What does it meant to have an trimalleolar fracture?

Ankle joint fracture: A trimalleolar fracture means that the 3 corners (maleolli) that make up your ankle joint (tibia and fibula) are involved with the break. It usually results from high energy injuries and because the multiple parts are broken, the joint is unstable and typically requires surgery to restore the articular surface and stability of the ankle. ...Read more

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What does it mean to have a clavicle fracture?

What does it mean to have a clavicle fracture?

Collar bone fracture: A clavicle (or collar bone) fracture is a common fracture when falling with outstretched hands or from falling directly onto your shoulder. This is a painful condition that will keep you from moving your affected arm and shoulder. ...Read more

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What does it mean when a scaphoid fracture does not show on the x ray?

What does it mean when a scaphoid fracture does not show on the x ray?

Hiding: The scaphoid is a bone in the hand that sometimes gets broken but doesn't show up well on xrays. We get concerned about that bone because it has a poor blood supply meaning it doesn't always heal well after a fracture and so it can cause a lot of problems if it isn't treated appropriately. Usually xrays will be repeated after a couple of weeks and if there is a fracture it usually can be seen then. ...Read more

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What does it mean to have a micro fracture knee surgery?

What does it mean to have a micro fracture knee surgery?

Cartilage procedure: Microfracture is an arthroscopic surgery technique that restores cartilage in an area of cartilage deficit. By poking holes in the bone with an instrument that looks like an ice pick, bleeding occurs, which stimulates growth factors to create scar cartilage - which is not as good as the cartilage one is born with, but it can help with pain. Usually requires 6 weeks of non weight bearing afterward. ...Read more

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What does it mean if I have osteoporotic vertebral compression fractures?

What does it mean if I have osteoporotic vertebral compression fractures?

Patient specific: Some patients have no pain while others suffer debilitating pain from a vcf. Regardless, it is critical to treat your osteoporosis. ...Read more

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What does it mean for walking when anterior cruciate ligament injury?

What does it mean for walking when anterior cruciate ligament injury?

Difficulty: One can have pain with walking and especially going up and down steps. There may be decrease in range of motion, swelling, effusion. There may also be locking of knee and giving out of knee. ...Read more

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What does syrinx mean for Achilles tendons?

What does syrinx mean for Achilles tendons?

Spasticity/weakness: A syrinx is a collection of cerebrospinal fluid in a within the spinal canal. This collection may over time destroy parts of the spine leading to symptoms such as muscle weakness and spasticity amongst other things. ...Read more

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What does it mean to have a chronic ankle fracture?

Long time: It probably refers to the length of time you have had the problem. Sometimes the fracture occured many months prior to the treatment. It also could refer to the fact that it is not healing in the normal time frame. ...Read more

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Does a greenstick fracture mean it is bad?

Does a greenstick fracture mean it is bad?

Not bad: Not usually. Kids remodel like champs and greenstick fx will heal well usually. ...Read more

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M.R.I show a tibeal plateau ..What does it means?

Normal anatomy: The top of your big shin bone is called the tibeal plateau. If it's broken, it's called a tibeal plateau frature. ...Read more

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What does an ACL sprain mean ?

What does an ACL sprain mean ?

A knee injury: It is not an ankle injury but a knee injury. If you said it is an acl then your md can take care of it. Is there any knee swelling or effusion? A ct or MRI done? Rest that knee with ace. Ice compress usually for the 1 st 24-48 hrs then warm moist compress of warm compress. Take care. Drbelga. ...Read more

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What does flexing a joint mean exactly?

What does flexing a joint mean exactly?

See below: All joints have different types of movement. For instance, the elbow has only the ability to flex and extend. To flex the elbow, you bring the hand close to the shoulder. To extend the elbow, you straighten it out again. Flexing the hip brings the knee close to the belly, extending the hip straightens the leg out. Hope that helps. ...Read more

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My xrays show a highly displaced vertabrae. What exactly does this mean?

My xrays show a highly displaced vertabrae. What exactly does this mean?

Spondylolisthesis: Possibly. It depends, but any vertebrae that is highly displaced can threaten the spinal cord and should be assessed by neurosurgery. A grade 3 or 4 spondylolisthesis may need surgery and needs to be examined sooner than later. Do not let any one perform manual manipulation before thorough assessment by neurosurgery. ...Read more

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What does it mean to have posterior lumbar interbody fusion?

What does it mean to have posterior lumbar interbody fusion?

PLIF procedure: A posterior lumbar interbody fusion (plif) is a procedure in which an unstable lumbar segment is fused in conjunction with a decompressive laminectomy. As part of the fusion, bone grafting (often with a cage device) is placed into the disc space to allow for fusion, but also helps re-align the segment. It can be performed with open and minimal invasive techniques. ...Read more

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What does commpressed fracture o yourl5 end plate mean besides pain?

What does commpressed fracture o yourl5 end plate  mean besides pain?

Osteoporosis: If you have not had any significant trauma to explain the fracture, then i would be concerned about osteoporosis. In that case, i would recommend a dexa scan to test for osteoporosis, followed by initiating medication treatment if indicated. If your pain is persistent and does not improve, be sure to see a physician for further evaluation. ...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

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


Dr. Steven Bernstein
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Broken Ankle (Definition)

Ankle fracture describe a break or fracture of any of the bones of the ankle. This can be caused by falls, trauma, or twisting of the ankle. Patients with ankle fractures experience pain and swelling of the foot, and have difficulty bearing any weight ...Read more