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Doctor insights on: What Is The Main Difference Between A Fractured Leg And A Broken Leg

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Dr. Gregory Moneta
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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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Can you tell me if I have a broken leg, which bone is fractured?

Can you tell me if I have a broken leg, which bone is fractured?

If you could: describe where the pain is, how you injured it and your symptoms it would be much easier to help. My recommendation otherwise is to see a doc and get an X-ray. ...Read more

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Broken leg open fracture --what is the best surgery?

Broken leg open fracture --what is the best surgery?

The best: Surgery is up to the surgeon. If you are happy with the dr. Go with his judgement and expert opinion. ...Read more

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What is the difference in symptoms between a muscle knot and a stress fracture in your lower leg?

What is the difference in symptoms between a muscle knot and a stress fracture in your lower leg?

A stress: fracture is an injury to the bone caused by repetitive microtrauma(for example, in the tibia from running). A muscle knot is not a medical term, but could represent a muscle strain or possibly spasm. So, a stress fracture is a bone injury, and a muscle "knot" is a muscle injury. ...Read more

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How can I stay active with a broken leg?

How can I stay active with a broken leg?

Certainly: you can work your upper body with weights or weight machines. You can do sit-ups and core type exercises. Swimming could be done if you have a waterproof cast or removable splint. Sometimes even riding a stationary bike is possible. ...Read more

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How difficult is it to recover from a broken leg?

How difficult is it to recover from a broken leg?

Sholdn't be: If a simple fracture, with proper treatment, splinting or casting and crutches, etc, this shold not be a difficult recovery. ...Read more

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Can a broken leg make that leg shorter as the child grows?

Can a broken leg make that leg shorter as the child grows?

Not necessarily: A nasty break through a growth center may result in some leg shortening on the affected side if not properly treated. Most breaks that receive proper attention will have no effect on final adult height. ...Read more

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Could you tell me what good techinques are there for srcatching and taking a shower for a broken leg?

Could you tell me what good techinques are there for srcatching and taking a shower for a broken leg?

Caution: There are no good techniques for scratching because this would involve accessing an area which is not visible because it's under a cast or splint - and that is not recommended. Showering can sometimes be done with a garbage bag or similar protection to keep the leg dry. Ask whether you are appropriate to switch to a fracture boot, which would make it much easier to shower. ...Read more

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How can I take a broken leg on a trip?

How can I take a broken leg on a trip?

Adequate splinting: Folks with broken bones in the legs can travel if the fracture is either adequately fixed or well immobilized so as to cut down on mobility at the fracture site. ...Read more