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What treatment do you use on broken bones if in middle of wilderness?

What treatment do you use on broken bones if in middle of wilderness?

Immobilize/splint fx: The principles of splinting & immobilization for comfort and transport still hold true in the wilderness. The situation is more difficult due to potential scarcity of adequate materials useful for the task. Sturdy branches or similar material from a backpack frame can be used ingeniously to fashion a splint that holds the broken limb in a stable somewhat straight & reasonably comfortable position. ...Read more

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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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In your opinion, what is the best painkillers to use when you have broken your femur or radius.

In your opinion, what is the best painkillers to use when you have broken your femur or radius.

Painkillers: It depends where you live in the world. In the USA, the best painkillers are usually those with opioid ingredients, (also know as opioid analgesics or narcotic analgesic). ...Read more

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I'm not sure if one of the bones in my hand is broken. How to tell?

I'm not sure if one of the bones in my hand is broken. How to tell?

See below: This is a problem that necessitates a face-to-face meeting with your doctor. This will allow him/her to examine you, ask specific questions. And possibly order tests to find out what's wrong and what to do to help you. ...Read more

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Did an MRI of the right foot & found out I have a fracture of the third metatarsal on my foot. How long is the healing process, what can I do to help.

Did an MRI of the right foot & found out I have a fracture of the third metatarsal on my foot. How long is the healing process, what can I do to help.

Mgt: Typically the healing process can take 6 weeks. Supplemental calcium and vitamin D3 may help. Your orthopedic specialist can provide the follow up appt in a few weeks, or as indicated. ...Read more

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I'm starting to think I have tore the tfcc (catilage) in my wrist. What are the symptoms and treatment?

I'm starting to think I have tore the tfcc (catilage) in my wrist. What are the symptoms and treatment?

Pain and locking: Pain along the ulnar border of the wrist when the wrist is loaded. Axial pressure or torsional pressure can cause pain, usually worse with the wrist in extension. Sometimes can get a locking or catching sensation with motion of the wrist. Seek care with a hand surgeon. Treatment is diagnostic, with mri, and then surgical with arthroscopic repair or debridement. ...Read more

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My right leg MCL and lcl are broken. These were brake in 2005. How can I maintain it or heel. What is the medicine or therapy?

My right leg MCL and lcl are broken. These were brake in 2005. How can I maintain it or heel. What is the medicine or therapy?

MCL and LCL: I assume you mean tears that now are 7 yrs old. You need a good exam to check ligament stability and other internal derangement such as meniscal tears, acl/pcl insufficiency. Check with your orthopedic surgeon for therapy, bracing, or surgery. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of a sagittal band injury and how can you tell if you have one? What do doctors do to determine injuries of the knuckle?

What are the symptoms of a sagittal band injury and how can you tell if you have one? What do doctors do to determine injuries of the knuckle?

Pain in knuckle: Boxer Knuckle , painfully extension of affected finger. Swollen and best detected by MRI of the hand with emphasis on the extensor tendon that many times is ruptured and dislocated!
See Ortho Hand Surgeon for further evaluation and treatment! ...Read more

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Are the titanium instruments going to remain on my spine the rest of my life if I do a kyphosis surgery ?!

Are the titanium instruments going to remain on my spine the rest of my life if I do a kyphosis surgery ?!

Most likely: Usually do remain in spine when for correction of curvature of spine. They help to maintain the correction. Complications such as infection, broken rods and screws may require removal of part or whole device. Most spinal fusions usually are intended to last forever. ...Read more

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Cut my toe on asphalt, do I need to see a doctor or is some anticeptic and time enough to avoid infection? It is about 4mm in length right on the tip

Cut my toe on asphalt, do I need to see a doctor or is some anticeptic and time enough to avoid infection? It is about 4mm in length right on the tip

Clean the area: And possibly flush with peroxide. Use a topical antibiotic and keep it covered. If the area seems to worsen int he direction of more redness, pain and swelling, the go to the doctor. This is most likely to happen in the first 72 hours following the injury. ...Read more

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I'm just wondering, if you fracture a bone in your hand do your fingers get pressure in them?

I'm just wondering, if you fracture a bone in your hand do your fingers get pressure in them?

Swelling: After a hand fracture it is common to have swelling in your fingers. This may be the cause of your symptoms. Make sure you are elevating the hand. Talk to your doctor if your are experiencing problems. ...Read more

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Do the pain reliever creams or oils, that you can put on the outside of a swollen sprained joint, actually help the healing at all?

Do the pain reliever creams or oils, that you can put on the outside of a swollen sprained joint, actually help the healing at all?

Depends on the cause: Your pain could be as a result of many different things. A thorough history and physical exam and possibly some laboratory and radiology exams are needed to determine the exact cause. Causes of pain may include: trauma (fracture, sprain, arthritis), infection, metabolic conditions (gout), musculoskeletal or biomechanical abnormality and neurologic conditions (neuropathy). ...Read more

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How do you treat a broken bloodvessel in the knee?

How do you treat a broken bloodvessel in the knee?

Leave it alone: Unclear question. You can use a gentle compression wrap but doubt you need any significant treatment unless the swelling is extensive in which case you should see a doctor. ...Read more

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What to do if i'm in sooooo much pain! my whole body from the neck down is cover of flea bites!how do I get rid of the iching?

What to do if i'm in sooooo much pain! my whole body from the neck down is cover of flea bites!how do I get rid of the iching?

Flea bites: Use antiseptic soap to wash the flea bites. Do not scratch flea bites. You can use 1% Hydrocortisone cream on the bites or take antihistamines for itching. A paste made of 2 parts baking soda ; 1 part water can be applied to bites. The bigger issue is that you must get rid of the fleas. Many people elect to hire an exterminator. ...Read more

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Name of bones in wrist bone under middle figer at end of thum in wrist sticking out could it be broke and what is its name can you help me please thank you

Name of bones in wrist bone under middle figer at end of thum in wrist sticking out could it be broke and what is its name can you help me please thank you

"Could : "could it be broke". Did you fall or otherwise have a high-energy injury? If not then, no it cannot be broken. If it feels broken, that is probably a misinterpretation of the pain. Pain always triggers and sets off our "safety system", making us feels protective and causing us to prepare for the worst ("it feels broken"). It's interesting that you want a name. Humans crave control and i assume you feel that if you could name the painful bone that you could feel a soothing sense of control. I suggest that a visit to a hand surgeon is in order. He or she will likely tell you several things you are not expecting to hear. Even though most or all of them will be good news, just the fact that they are unexpected or counter-intuitive can make them a little unwelcome, so prepare yourself. Be ready for the "safety system" to have called "fire" when there is just smoke. Be prepared for something you find convincing ("it's broke") to be incorrect. ...Read more

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If I stepped in some HIV+ blood, how long would it take to dry on the bottom of my shoe (which is not facing the open air)?

If I stepped in some HIV+ blood, how long would it take to dry on the bottom of my shoe (which is not facing the open air)?

No risk: I am sure you can understand but how long it takes to dry is a meaningless question. It has no relevance with health. Your skin is a complete barrier to HIV and there is no risk for infection in this scenario no matter how wet or dry the blood was. ...Read more

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What is the best type of bandaid to use on the palm of your hand if you fall off a skateboard?

What is the best type of bandaid to use on the palm of your hand if you fall off a skateboard?

Duct Tape: Believe it or not, applying duct tape after thoroughly cleansing the wound will protect the palm. Just let it fall off by itself. Stay safe! ...Read more

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The cracks in the corner of mouth won't heal. What do you recommend?

The cracks in the corner of mouth won't heal. What do you recommend?

Angular Chelitis: You probably have angular chelitis though generally there is some itching or burning associated with it but not always. One thing that can cause this is eating a lot of acid containing foods like tomatoes or oranges. You might try using Hydrocortisone cream over the counter 4-5 times a day but will most likely need prescritption strength to clear it up. Your dentist is the best person to see. ...Read more

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What do you do if the bump on the bone that connects your hand and elbow hurts?

What do you do if the bump on the bone that connects your hand and elbow hurts?

Needs evaluation: A painful bump needs to be evaluated to make sue it is not a bad tumor. ...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