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Dr. Oscar Novick
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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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I have a small crack in my right periatel bone with CSF leak. Size of crack = 4x1 to 5x5 mm. This is from a childhood skull fracture after a backward?

I have a small crack in my right periatel bone with CSF leak. Size of crack = 4x1 to 5x5 mm. This is from a childhood skull fracture after a backward?

Neurosurgeon: Certainly would want to discuss directly with a neurosurgeon who would have the benefit of a direct exam and to be able to review your cr scan. Ultimately would have to weigh the risks and benefits of surgical verses nonsurgical care. ...Read more

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I had a difficult lower molar extraction 1 week ago - roots fused to the bone. Severe pain feels like a bone fracture. Could I have a cracked jaw?

Ouch!: I expect you've informed the dentist (or will ASAP) - that's the best person to evaluate your healing and it's part of the responsibility of the extraction. Ask your questions while there and see it through until you are confident and satisfied. Dental work can be stressful in so many ways - treat yourself well through this time. Good diet, rest, leisure, etc. Best wishes! ...Read more

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What is the difference between a broken bone and a fractured bone?

What is the difference between a broken bone and a fractured bone?

No difference: Fracture or broken assumes a disruption of the bone integrity. There are many variations including degree of displacement and complexity of the fracture lines. ...Read more

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What is the difference between a fractured bone and a broken bone?

What is the difference between a fractured bone and a broken bone?

None: They are different terms for the same thing. Fracture can vary in severity and problems. Almost always there is trauma to the soft tissues surrounding the bone. When it is open (exposed to the outside environment) it is much more serious since infection risk is higher. The higher the energy that caused the fracture, the more problems that attend the fracture. ...Read more

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What is the difference between a bone break and a bone fracture?

Symantecs: A fracture or break is the same thing. There are degrees of fractures or breaks. One can have a small crack in the bone and not be through and through or one can have total separation of the bone fragments. They really are one and the same. ...Read more

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What is the difference between a deviated septum and nasal bone fracture?

What is the difference between a deviated septum and nasal bone fracture?

One is inside: A deviated septum refers to crooked or displaced bone and cartilage inside the nose. This can cause blockage of the nasal passages. The nasal bones are on the outside of the upper part of the nose. Both or either the nasal bones and the nasal septum can be broken. Broken nasal bones may cause the outside of the nose to become crooked. ...Read more

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What is the difference between a deviated septum and a nasal bone fracture?

What is the difference between a deviated septum and a nasal bone fracture?

Deviated septum: A deviated septum describes the wall which divides the nose into lefty and right nostril when it is not aligned to the midline. A nasal bone fracture describes a broken portion of the nasal bones. Both can be corrected surgically. Have your nose evaluated by a board certified otolaryngologist, ...Read more

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What the difference between crack and fracture?

Same: We are often asked what the difference is between a fracture and a break - or, in this case, a crack. There is no difference - it all means the same thing: a broken bone. A fracture can be further described according to angulation, displacement, whether it's open or not, etc. ...Read more

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How to tell difference between carpal bone fracture and sprain?

How to tell difference between carpal bone fracture and sprain?

By X-ray: Both will have pain swelling, loss of function x-ray will differentiate one from other ...Read more

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What are the surgical options to fix unequal arm bone length. The cause is damaged growth plates from childhood fracture. 8mm difference in the bones.

Let me explain: Do you have any problem with it? What bone is it?
Usually unless you have problem? I do not recommend the bone lengthen, Please let me know. ...Read more

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What's a common symptom for fractured bone?

Fracture: All of those are true but stress fractures can present without deformity but have pain and bruising ...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


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