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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. Brad Goldenberg
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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 process." How old are you? If over 50, there may be some osteoporosis--but that is generalized--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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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 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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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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What does a vetebral compressure fracture mean?

What does a vetebral compressure fracture mean?

Osteoporosis/trauma: The vertebrae are the building blocks of the spine. They are made of cancellous (spongy) bone. They are stacked one on top of another separated by the vertebral discs. A compression fracture occurs when the bone cannot support the load. Sometimes it is because the bone is weak (osteoporosis) and sometimes because of severe load (a fall or an auto accident). The bone is compressed or collapsed. ...Read more

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Does having a fractured clavicle mean that there was child abuse?

Does having a fractured clavicle mean that there was child abuse?

Usually not: This is a very common accidental injury at all ages, even in the process of getting born. It's not the typical injury inflicted by an abuser. ...Read more

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I still have pain after the fracture healed. What does that mean?

I still have pain after the fracture healed. What does that mean?

See ORTHO: Some times fractures don't heal well. You can get a mal union or a non union. See an ortho doc. ...Read more

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I fractured my skull as a baby, and to this day I get headaches and Migranes only in the spot where it was fractured. Can that mean anything?

I fractured my skull as a baby, and to this day I get headaches and Migranes only in the spot where it was fractured. Can that mean anything?

Need investigation: To find the cause. You need to see neurologist or neurosurgeon to find the cause of your headache, if any bone spur is compressing or pressing need to be corrected. ...Read more

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What does it meant to have colles' fracture?

What does it meant to have colles' fracture?

Broken wrist: Colles fracture is a fracture of the lower end of the radius bone. At your wrist. ...Read more

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What does it meant to have a maisonneuve fracture of the ankle?

What does it meant to have a maisonneuve fracture of the ankle?

See below: It is a spiral fracture of the proximal third (upper part near knee) of the fibula with an associated tear of the distal tibiofibular syndesmosis and the interosseous membrane. There is also an associated fracture of the medial malleolus or rupture of the deep deltoid ligament. ...Read more

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What does it mean when your spinal compression fractures are mild?

What does it mean when your spinal compression fractures are mild?

Compression fracture: Mild compression fractures in healthy premenopausal women are usually treated with a back brace. Healing ranges from 6-13 weeks in non smokers. When the fractures are moderate to severe and interfere with daily activity then bone cement can be placed in the vertebral body (kyphoplasty/vertebroplasty) to repair the fracture and eliminate the pain. ...Read more

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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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I am told that a certain tooth root is fractured. I feel no pain. Does this always mean an extraction?

Consult your DDS: In some cases, extracting the tooth or broken root makes the most sense. Only your dentist can decide if the tooth needs to be extracted or may be saved. ...Read more

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What does it mean to fracture your neck?

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