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What does it mean to have an acute fracture?

What does it mean to have an acute fracture?

"Acute" = New/recent: "acute" just means that whatever it is is new. So "acute fracture" means the bone is recently broken. Usually we can see signs of healing on an x-ray as time goes on. If healing signs are seen, you would not call the fracture "acute". ...Read more

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Dr. James Lin
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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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What does this mean. From a shoulder/lefft upper amr xray. There is evidence of acute fracture or focal destructive process.

What does this mean. From a shoulder/lefft upper amr xray.  There is evidence of acute fracture or focal destructive process.

Fracture or Tumor: Did you suffer trauma that would have caused a fracture? If not, there's obviously something else going on "focal destructive proces"s. How old are you? If over 50, there may be some osteoporosis--but that is enerallized--not a "focal destructive process." Who ordered the X-Ray? Have you followed up with him/her? ...Read more

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I have an acute fracture in my index finger. What is the severity of this?

I have an acute fracture in my index finger. What is the severity of this?

Important finger: Hi. I suggest you see a hand surgeon to see if surgery is indicated...that's an important finger. Good luck! ...Read more

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I have an acute fracture on my index finger. I have a splint on it. Is surgery necessary?

I have an acute fracture on my index finger. I have a splint on it. Is surgery necessary?

Hand surgeon: Hi. We, out here in internet-land can't answer that question. Only an orthopedic hand surgeon can. That's an important finger. Get an expert opinion. ...Read more

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If I have an acute fracture in my index finger and a broken hand will I have a cast or splint?

If I have an acute fracture in my index finger and a broken hand will I have a cast or splint?

Depends what broken: It depends on what is broken., but you may need a cast from your description. It depends where the break is and what type of break you have ...Read more

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What is a good means of determining if i fractured my ankle or sprained it?

What is a good means of determining if i fractured my ankle or sprained it?

X-ray: You will need and x-ray to see if you have a fracture or if it is just a sprain. Have it evaluated by your physician to get the appropriate treatment. ...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 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. 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