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My jaw was fractured four years ago. My jaw makes this clicking and popping sound and sometimes my jaw locks should I see a doctor?

My jaw was fractured four years ago. My jaw makes this clicking and popping sound and sometimes my jaw locks should I see a doctor?

Yes: I would set up an evaluation with an orthodontists. Many of the treatments suggested for TMJ sound great, I I would use them (massage, warm presses, etc.) but its a good idea to have it checked by a professional. ...Read more

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Dr. Jeffrey Stevens
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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 went to ER to have my jaw checked. The doctor ordered a CT scan and said the CT showed no fracture or dislocation. When I got home, noticed that the upper teeth are still back further than the lower

I went to ER to have my jaw checked. The doctor ordered a CT scan and said the CT showed no fracture or dislocation. When I got home, noticed that the upper teeth are still back further than the lower

Dent not Med: What you are describing is more in the wheelhouse of a Dentist, rather than a Physician. Your CT Scan should be examined for Disc Displacement. See your Dentist who knows your mouth best, and who has a record of your pre-existing occlusion. Referrals to an Orthodontist and to an Oral Surgeon should be considered. ...Read more

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Do doctors see a lot of patients with radial head fracture?

Do doctors see a lot of patients with radial head fracture?

Elbow fractures: Well, it depends on if they (the doc) see a lot people who slip and fall or suffer some other form of trauma that may affect the elbow. Orthopedic surgeons, sports medicine and occupational medicine docs surely get their fill of them! =). ...Read more

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Fractured right radial head on saturday. Er doc said it was non surgical and put it in a splint. Can't afford an ortho visit (no $ no ins). What to do?

Fractured right radial head on saturday. Er doc said it was non surgical and put it in a splint. Can't afford an ortho visit (no $ no ins). What to do?

Ask for help: While health insurance is expensive, you should not compromise your health. The hospital where you were seen may have assistance programs or you may qualify for government insurance. They should have counselors who can help you.
If you don't qualify, you need to take care of your health and that might mean having to borrow money or make payment arrangements with the orthopedist. Talk to them. ...Read more

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I had accident last year, had fracture in right arm, so got my radial head removed and doc put a nail an wire around, for how long can I keep it inside?

I had accident last year, had fracture in right arm, so got my radial head removed and doc put a nail an wire around, for how long can I keep it inside?

It depends: From your description of your accident and injury, it's sounds like you had a radial head resection and some other forms of internal fixation. Orthopedic plates, screws, rods, wires and pins are commonly used surgically. They can typically be left inside your body without harm, but may require removal if they become noticeable or symptomatic. Presence of metal internally is not a problem. ...Read more

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Can a radial head fracture occur with a fall on a bent elbow with minimal pain and some bruising should I go to the doctors if it is, casting right?

Can a radial head fracture occur with a fall on a bent elbow with minimal pain and some bruising should I go to the doctors if it is, casting right?

Yes it can: It can happen that way, but is usually caused by a fall onto the outstretched hand.
If you have point tenderness over the outer elbow, or pain in that area when you rotate your forearm, it is likely to be a radial head fracture. The treatment will depend on the x-ray findings, your age and other factors. ...Read more

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But in a headlock a month and 8 weeks ago. Got black eye. Got ct scan no fracture &saw eye doc. Have dark discoloration under eye, black head pain. Why?

But in a headlock a month and 8 weeks ago. Got black eye. Got ct scan no fracture &saw eye doc. Have dark discoloration under eye, black head pain. Why?

Black eye: At least, like any other bruise, will take 6-8 weeks for most people to resolve (=fully disappear). Head pain after neck strain (aka: headlock) can be from persisting spasm of those muscles. May benefit from massage / chiropractic / physical therapy / cool compresses -- depends on you & situation. Hope these point you to next step. ...Read more

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What kind of doctor treats zygomatic arch bone deformations/fractures/dislocations?

What kind of doctor treats zygomatic arch bone deformations/fractures/dislocations?

Maxillofacial: The most thoroughly trained doctors for this would be plastic surgeons who have completed a Craniofacial Surgery fellowship or Oral Surgeons who go on to Maxillofacial surgery fellowships. Otolaryngologists may also have special training in this area. Good luck. ...Read more

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What kind of a doctor treats fractures of the cheek bones?

What kind of a doctor treats fractures of the cheek bones?

Varies: It varies somewhat based upon the expertise of the doctors in your region. Fractures of the facial bones can be treated by three specialties: ent, oral surgery, plastic surgery. Not all specialists in the areas treat facial fractures, but all that treat facial fractures are typically in one of those three specialties. ...Read more

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What should I do to treat a distal radius fracture? My doc told me I had it after 2wks. The pain has improved. Will the fracture heal by itself? Can type.

Be compliant: Certainly would want to follow doctors orders. Typically some form of immobilization is appropriate and over a 8-12 week period most radius fractures will be well healed. Discuss the specifics of your case with your doctor. ...Read more

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What type of doctor treats zygomatic arch bone deformations/fractures/dislocations?

What type of doctor treats zygomatic arch bone deformations/fractures/dislocations?

Zygoma: Cheek bone fracture tx depends on the extent of the fracture. If minor & with no dislocation, painkillers & soft diet is recommended. If displaced fracture, a surgeon does the wiring of the bone, which can be an ENT surgeon, a plastic surgeon or general surgeon. ...Read more

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I think I broke/fractured my hand, what kind of doc should I see?

I think I broke/fractured my hand, what kind of doc should I see?

You need to see an -: Orthopedist to have it treated. The pcp or an er doc can also help with the diagnosis. ...Read more

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What kind of doctor should I see if I think I may have fractured a bone in my foot?

What kind of doctor should I see if I think I may have fractured a bone in my foot?

An Orthopod or a: Ankle/foot specialist. Generally these are undisplaced so a cast/splint maybe all you need, but if its displaced or gets so, then you might need it treated surgically.
Good luck. ...Read more

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How can doctors treat a fractured skull?

How can doctors treat a fractured skull?

Just time: Most skull fractures will heal in 3 months without any specific treatment. Some skull fractures that may require surgery include depressed fractures, fractures involving the frontal sinuses and compound skull fractures. ...Read more

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How does the doctor treat the broken bone?

It depends: It depends on the type and location of the fracture. Fractures usually need to be immobilized with a splint, cast, or a brace depending on the location and type of injury. Some fractures may need to be surgically repaired. Have you physician determine which course of treatment is best for you. ...Read more

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How do doctors tell you to treat a broken bone after several weeks out of cast?

How do doctors tell you to treat a broken bone after several weeks out of cast?

It depends: Generally with progressive stretch, strengthening, range of motion, to work on soft tissue strength and flexibility. ...Read more

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How do doctors treat a fractured spine?

Spine: Bracing- soft collar, rigid or halo, versus surgical fixation and fusion. Seek counsel froma spine surgeon. ...Read more

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Historically, how did doctors treat fractures?

More nonoperatively: In ancient, medieval & even colonial times, there were bone setters who treated fractures. Open fractures were often treated with amputations, though many folks died from them.
As the concepts of antisepsis and anesthesia came on line, surgery became an option. Even still, fractures were still largely treated with traction or casting.
In the last 50 years, surgery has become an option for many. ...Read more

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Which doctors treat broken bones?

Orthopedic surgeon: Orthopedic surgeons are the specialists that typically treat fractures and other abnormalities of the musculoskeletal system. ...Read more

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How could a doctor treat a patient with multiple fractured ribs?

How could a doctor treat a patient with multiple fractured ribs?

Pain control: Usually pain control and potentially a binder. There is really not. Too much else that can be done. If it is severely painful, sometimes an intercostal block can be done, but the pain relief is temporary. ...Read more

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