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What exactly does it mean if bones are fused in my foot?

What exactly does it mean if bones are fused in my foot?

Two bones joined: Fusion refers to the joining of two bones where a joint/space should be present. For example, this can be the result of arthritis in which the joint space is diminished and the bones rub together to fuse or can be a purposeful fusion such as in surgery where an arthrodesis is performed. ...Read more

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Fused Skull Bones (Definition)

The cranium or brain part of the skull is comprised of 8 different bones, and although these joints don't move like those in the extremities, there is slight movement which allows an infant's skull slight movement to enable birth and growth occurs at the margins to allow head symmetry. The margins or sutures generally fuse by 22-39 months. At times they can be prematurely ...Read more


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What does it mean when it's said that you're bones have fused or epiphyseals have closed? Does that mean you can't grow taller anymore?

What does it mean when it's said that you're bones have fused or epiphyseals have closed? Does that mean you can't grow taller anymore?

Done with growth: There are areas at the end of your bones when you are a kid and early teenager called the epiphysis. This is the area of the bone where growth takes place. During puberty, these areas begin to get smaller - we call that closing or fusing. Once that happens completely, there is no longer any area where further growth can occur and you have reached your final height. ...Read more

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What does it mean when your wrist hurts around the bone?

Depends: This could be a variety of things. If there was acute trauma it could be a fracture. If it has increased over time it could be arthritis or tendonitis. See an orthopedist for evaluation. ...Read more

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What does it mean when a man has broken collar bone?

What does it mean when a man has broken collar bone?

Sling for 4-8 wks: Clavicle (collarbone) fractures are one of the most commonly broken bones. The majority are treated non-surgical with a sling, shoulder immob, or figure 8 splint. Clavicle can accept a fair amount of displacement prior to requiring surgery. The healing time is 2-4 months depending on age (younger = faster). ...Read more

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What does it mean when your bones hurt after sex?

What does it mean when your bones hurt after sex?

Unsure: Musculoskeletal pain after sex might mean that you need to be gentler in your actions and need to do some stretching before hand. Sex could be a vigorous exercise process for some and can result is post exercise aches and pains, like any other form of exercise. ...Read more

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Does it mean labor is about to happen when your pubic bone starts tov hurt?

Does it mean labor is about to happen when your pubic bone starts tov hurt?

Not necessarily...: ...Right away, but it does mean that the baby needs more room for the size she is now.. ...Read more

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What does it meant to have a fracture where bones are pushed together?

An impacted fracture: When a bone breaks, the piecess do not necessarily seperate or angulate, but can crush into one another, and we call this an impacted fracture. ...Read more

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What happens if my cervical spine fusion does not fuse?

What happens if my cervical spine fusion does not fuse?

Cervical fusion: If a cervical spine fusion does not heal/fuse this is called a pseudoarthrosis. A cervical pseudoarthrosis can often be stable and not painful and does not always need treatment. If it is a painful pseudoarthrosis then an additional surgery can be done to make the level fuse. This usually involves a posterior fusion (placing screws and fusing from the back of the neck in addition to the front). ...Read more

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What does it mean when my bones hurt for weeks?

What does it mean when my bones hurt for weeks?

Needs exam: Rule out osteomalacia, . Fractures, hypertrophic osteoarthropathy. Xrays and chemistry and inflammation tests will be necessary. ...Read more

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What exactly does it mean when your hips bruise?

What exactly does it mean when your hips bruise?

Hip bruise: Sounds like a contusion or ecchymosis. Usually comes from an injury or broken blood vessels. ...Read more

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What does it mean when my bones hurt but only in sertian places?

It could: Mean nothing or perhaps overuse. Depends on where, if joints red and swollen, or gets worse then get seen. Gd luck. ...Read more

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What does it mean when your grown up teeth are loose?

What does it mean when your grown up teeth are loose?

Likely gum disease: Adults with a loose tooth, may have gum disease, also known as periodontal disease. It is an infection of tissue that hold your teeth in place, and as it progresses, it can severely damage your jawbone. Your teeth then have nothing solid to support them. Other potential causes of loose teeth are trauma and other physical stress including accidents, jaw-grinding with misaligned bite. See dentist! ...Read more

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What does it mean when you break the cartilage in your L2 vertebrae?

What does it mean when you break the cartilage in your L2 vertebrae?

Trauma to spine: There are a few places on the vertebra that have cartilage. These are the area where the disc attaches to the bone and where the different vertebrae attach at the facet joints. A fracture of cartilage would most likely be associated with a broken bone as well. ...Read more

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What exactly does it mean when breast cancer (level 1 tumor) has already gone into the bones?

What exactly does it mean when breast cancer (level 1 tumor) has already gone into the bones?

Not good: That would indicate metastasis of the tumor (spreading to the distant, unrelated organs). It is a very bad sign, indicating an advanced, possibly more aggressive tumor, and usually makes treatment more difficult and has a lower 5 year survival rate. ...Read more

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What does it mean when your sacral dimple bleeds?

What does it mean when your sacral dimple bleeds?

Pilonidal disease: Usually means that you may have had infection at the base of the dimple resulting in granulation tissue that bleeds when pressure is applied. See a surgeon. Excision can cure issue. ...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 when you have bone pain?

What does it mean when you have bone pain?

Lots of things: Bone pain can mean lots of things from fractures to "growing pains" to joint problems to various infectious diseases to cancer, depending on your age, sex and other risk factors. It never hurts to see your doc. ...Read more

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What exactly does it mean when you have a lump near pubic bone?

Different options: That area has a lot of things in it both in the skin and below it. Sweat glands, hair follicles and skin cysts as well as lymph nodes, fatty tissue, vessels, muscles and other things. Is the lump growing, inflamed, painful, painless, draining, recurrent or constant, moveable or fixed...? Each of these (and many more) will provide your doc the answers as to what it is and what needs to be done. ...Read more

Bone (Definition)

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