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When Do I Need Nose X Rays For Injuries
Displaced: When it is displaced or blocks the airway for breathing. ...Read more
After my really torn meniscus surgery, I have been going to pt and i'm in a bledsoe brace bending to 120 degrees. What can I do to heal faster and wal?
More strengthening: Exercises for the involved leg especially the quadecepes an, hamstring and the calf muscles. ...Read more
2 weeks: Not sure of your age or whether your distal radius fx w/ dorsal angulation(colles' fx.) needed reduction or whether it went into the joint( intraarticular). These are all important factors when seeing patients for follow-up.Ors vary but most would see u after a closed reduction( or orif) in 1 wk. And then every 2 wks.Until fx.Has healed and motion/ strength regained. ...Read more
My x rays revealed that I have rotary scorliois and possible spondylolysis. However, my doctor told me to do an MRI as well. Should I do an MRI ?
You should: MRI imaging studies is generally used to confirm your symptoms and diagnoses. exam results to identify the source of pain. MRI are also utilized to determine possible nerve, blood vessel or muscle damage. The MRI scan will help the doctor to plan appropriate treatment for your disorder. ...Read more
I have a sprained l. Ankle and possible sprain or strain on rt. Ankle. Went to podiatrist who didn't do any Xray or test to evaluate. Still have pain?
I went to the ER and the pathetic excuse for a doctor refused to do anything but an xray when I went in for wrist pains. should they've done a CT?
Not at ER: The ER is a place to assess emergencies that require immediate treatment. An X-Ray is perfectly adequate to rule out a fracture that would need emergent treatment. A CT or MRI can better assess soft tissue damage, but that's not considered an emergency. It would be more appropriate to see an orthopedic, hand specialist or sports medicine doc in outpatient setting to get further tests & evaluation. ...Read moreSee 4 more doctor answers
I fell off a high bed and injured shoulder a wk ago doing pt. I didn't do xray don't thing anything broken. Would xray show if tear or sprain?
Shoulder injury: X-ray wound show possible fracture, dislocation, or large amount of swelling. But not specifically tears. ...Read more
Do you think I should get closed manipulation, physical therapy every day, or a brace to bend my knee?
Why wouldn't a doctors do further testing like xrays when i tell them I have shoulder and upper back pain even with physical therapy, pills, etc.?
Not necessary: For most back & joint pains, imaging like x-rays do not provide any more information than obtained through proper physical exam. Plus, it exposes you to unnecessary radiation and increases your cost. X-rays are really only good for fractures, dislocations, & other bony problems. Ct or MRI can give detailed info about muscles & nerves. But if it won't change the treatment, then what's the point? ...Read more
I have torn meniscus for 3 months and the doctor said i need surgery, i didn't do the MRI scan, i feel pain if i use the stair, do i need the surgery?
How many times a week should I do exercises for my knee pain , and should I do strengthing only ?
Varies: Remember, there is no set recommendation about exercise for your knee pain. General recommendations for your overall health sit in the range of 3 hours/week of "cardio" - for you I would encourage limited weight bearing forms like an elliptical/swimming. Consider strength training 2-3 days/week. Don't for get flexibility, it's important in the long run for soft tissue health. ...Read more
I fractured my hand (brawler's fracture) but do not want to have a cast because I need to type for work. What can I do?
I broke my elbow but no cast was put on, only a splint so will this heal ok? Xrays showed i cracked at the joint. I can't afford to see an orthopedic specialist because I have no insurance or money. I just want to know if my elbow will heal ok in a splin
My ankle is sprained, i followed some treatment x 4 days, and i need to fly out tomorrow (2hr flight) my foot is swollen and veiny should I fly at all?
I've complete torn ATFL.Last injury 9,wks ago.Still hurts to walk and swells up.Should it be braced/cast/bandage while I wait for orthoped appointment
Torn ATFL: Ankle sprains often result in a torn ATFL. Initial treatment for ankle sprains is rest, ice, compression and elevation (RICE). After 10-14 days of this, symptoms should improve. Physical therapy is useful to restore ankle motion and strength. In your case, pain and swelling has persisted and may indicate other problems, like cartilage injury. Recommend immobilization to protect the ankle. ...Read more
Think about it...: If riding in an airplane were a risk, what would the pilots and crew face? I am a 2m miler and while the exposure is more than if i lived in cave, i would never have seen the taj majal or foz do iguazu. Slight increase in risk; versus astounding benefit. Same can be said for x-ray exposure. Get only x-ray tests needed. ...Read more
I have 8 month foot sprain now. I didnt have a complete rest and treatment due to schedule but did go to see doctor and use brace.What should I do now?
Rest: Rest, ice, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications (ibuprofen or naproxen or celecoxib) are typically the initial treatment of choice initially for musculoskeletal injuries. Foot injuries tend to take a long time to heal. If persistent and/or severe, consider a consultation with an orthopedic foot and ankle specialist or podiatrist. May need imaging depending on severity of symptoms and exam. ...Read more
I have what looks like two hairline fractures in my pinky finger based on x-rays. Sustained while playing basketball. Do I need to see an Orthopedist?
Probably not: If they are just hairline fractures your primary care doctor can take care of that. Usually an orthopedist is only necessary if there is a displaced fracture where there is a complete break and poor alignment or if surgery is required to stabilize the fracture. Hairline fractures of the finger usually will heal fine with splinting. ...Read more