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Why Is It Good To Elevate A Broken Bone Leg
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
My husband had titanium rods put in his leg 7 years ago from a broken bone. Do these last forever?
Yes.: Most implanted metallic stabilizers stay where they are placed for the rest of the patient's life. Very rarely do they ever need to be removed, and almost never cause pain due to irritation or break down. ...Read more
Depends: You must get an x-ray first. Depends on the injury as too which is worst. ...Read more
Are there any little tricks to speeding up the recovery of a broken bone? Any help is welcome, please... I'm a collegiate women lacrosse player, and broke my leg skateboarding 2 & 1/2 weeks ago. I completely dislocated my ankle, and fractured my tib/fib. I
There is nothing in the current state of technology that accelerates bone healing. However, there are ways to slow it down. Too much activity too soon can cause motion at the fracture site that disrupts the healing tissue. Infection (more often with surgery, but can rarely happen without surgery) also delays healing. Smoking or any source of nicotine also slows bone healing, though I assume at your level of athletics, you are not a smoker. Anti-inflammatories (advil, aleve, aspirin, etc.) can be the hidden factor in a bone not healing and should be used sparingly, if at all.
I agree that ligament healing after a dislocation is equally important with bone healing and can take longer. Some severe ligament injuries, such as the syndesmosis which holds the tibia and fibula together, can take more than 3 months to heal.
While bone stimulators--devices that use electricity, magnets, or ultrasound to create an electrical field around the bone and promote healing--can help in people at risk for poor healing, they don't decrease healing time enough to get you back for the spring and do nothing to promote ligament healing that we're aware.
It is very important to get good nutrition, including protein, calcium, and vitamin d for bone healing. It is also important to maintain whatever muscles you can by moving the parts that are not immobilized for the fracture/dislocation.
While I assume the fractures occurred near your ankle, fractures higher in the leg also take a lot longer to heal, with the average time of healing being about 16 to 18 weeks for the midshaft tibia.
Good luck with your recovery, but it looks like you're in a red shirt! ...Read more
Consider repeat Xray: Persistent pain would prompt me to consider repeating an x-ray of the area in question. It is possible that a very subtle fracture may be more easily identified a week or so after the injury. Simply put, the body has cells that help "clean up " the injured area of bone. Such activity can lead to a fracture line being more lucent as time goes on. Otherwise I agree with dr. Cheng's answer. ...Read more
X-ray: An x-ray is really needed to rule out a fracture ...Read more
Yesterday my ankle collapsed on me. It's been KILLING ever since I think it might have a broken bone Cuz I can't put much wait. I can barley walk. Hlp?
You need xrays: At minimum see a doctorGet a more detailed answer ›
What can I take to ease a swollen heel whilst healing from a broken bone that's knitted but been told I can walk on it it's swollen and tender?
Don't you normally get drugs to set a broken bone (lets say ankle) prior to a doctor putting on a cast?
Knee injury and xray shows no broken bone. No insurance so they're trying to avoid mri. Is it safe for my injury to assume by touch there's no tear?
Yes and no: Acutely its very difficult to conclusively rule out everything. Initially the goal of examination and xrays is to reasonably rule out the obvious injury to ligaments and or fractures. If your pain persists for several days and or weeks then an MRI is advisable. The MRI will find the subtle stuff not necessarily appreciated on examination or xrays or it may confirm your doctors suspicions. ...Read more
Is a severe burning sensation normal after a broken bone? My mom broke her ankle 3 weeks ago and is now having severe burning sensations on the top of her foot. She says it feels like an iron or hot pokers are touching it. Her doctor loosened the bandages
While: While it may be expected to have some discomfort, there are some types of pain that may signify something amiss. Burning or electrical type pain is often described as "nerve pain", meaning there has been something that has occurred to a nerve in the area in question. Sensation to the top of the foot is from the superficial and deep peroneal nerves. The superficial peroneal nerve may have been stretched at the time of the original injury, compressed by dressings or injured a the time of surgery (you didn't mention whether she had had a surgery for the fracture. It may be specfic to this nerve or may come to encompass the entire foot/ankle in what some doctors call a complex regional pain syndrome. Ask your doctor about this. There are some medications that have been shown to help this sort of pain. A pain relief doctor (a subspecialty of anesthesia) may be consulted as well. ...Read more
Had light leg tibial bone fracture on lefside in Lift crash accident 2 year back, ACL ligament is lax leading to mal aligned knee, my age (34), suggest?
X-ray shows old fracture l5, MRI scheduled. Extreme pain in rt lower back, pelvic bone and can nog lift rt leg. I'm afraid I have nerve entrapment.
Hello sir, Is it possible to increase the height by leg bone breaking? Fracture? I heard it from someone. Thanks
Yes, but: Just about an inch or so by bone lengthening surgical procedure, don't expect more than that. Speak to your doctor is it worth, obviously is an uncommon procedure, you will find very few who performs regularly. ...Read more
Question about bone fracture. If you break your leg, will it end up longer than the other leg, due to growth during healing?
What can I do if I've had a fractured bone in my leg and I am having severe swelling and bruising in my ankle?
See a specialist: I am not sure from your description if these two issues are occurring at same time. I would highly recommend you see your primary care doctor, a podiatrist or orthopedist for thorough evaluation. ...Read more
Depends on location: It depends on the type and location of the fracture. Fractures usually need to be immobilized with a splint, cast, or rigid walking boot depending on the location of the injury. For a broken toe you may get by with walking with a rigid surgical shoe. Have you physician determine which course of treatment is best for you. ...Read more
Generally, yes: However, It depends on the bone and the location of the fracture. Long bone fractures have better outcomes after osteotomy (rebreak and realignment) than fractures that extend into joint. At 6 years, even at your young age, if you had a fracture into a joint that healed irregularly, the joint may already have significant wear and tear (degenerative arthritis). See an orthopedic surgeon. ...Read more
I have fracture on my right leg and my consultant has applied illixarov on my leg so I bought purblack resin can it make my regenerated bone strong?
External Fixation: IIlizarov was the inventor of external fixation for fractures and certain surgeries. As long as the fixator was applied properly and the bones are in the correct anatomic alignment, and as long as you are a healthy individual without a lot of comorbidities (other medical problems that would affect healing), your bones will be perfectly strong when you heal. Healing should take 6-8 weeks ...Read more
Today my bone legs got very warm and hurt a little. It's hard for me to stand up or to go upstairs, but not impossible. No fracture or injury.?
Difficult climbing: If your legs hurt so much it is difficult climbing stairs or standing, it is a medical emergency and go to ER, call 911 immediately could be autoimmune disease, post viral Guillian Barre like syndrome, or acute vascular issue in spine. If you are having trouble urinating that is a significant concern. Go to ER ASAP. ...Read more
I have pars fracture. When raising left leg it pops on right side. Could it be the bones popping back and forth?
Pars popping exists: Yes, a pars interarticularis fracture can cause popping. Seek further evaluation by your spine surgeon to determine if a change in treatment is indicated. ...Read more
Is bruises and wounds and wounds on leg means leg bone fracture or break? What symptoms should a broken or fractured leg bone be?
Pars fracture pops on right side when raising left leg after resting for a long time. Never does it back to back. Would that be bone or muscle or what?
Sound from lumbar: I think the popping is related to the instability of the lumbar level. ...Read more
I am having pain on my pelvic bone. The pain is only when I put pressure on my left leg, pain goes away with rest. Could this be a possible fracture?
Pelvic pain: The pain would likely not go away if it was fractured. More likely, you may be having a problem with your hip joint, the SI (Sacro-iliac) joint, or even possibly an impingement or radiculopathy of your lumbo-sacral spine/the nerves around your spine. But you should see an orthopedic surgeon to be fully evaluated ...Read more
Have I got a hairline fracture? I had a friend accidentally jump on my lower leg (75kg) average. Since then I have had pain in the bone and foot?
Maybe: You possibly could or a ligamentous injury. I'd have it x-rayed if you continue to have pain. ...Read more
My mom got above elbow bone fracture an left leg fracture and doctors have done plaster an told as that she needs to be operated she's 65 years old?
1 or both?: @ times casting seems 2 b the best way 2 treat either fracture but the bones may lose position & then they can be unacceptable and surgery is then needed. Other times casting or splinting r used 2 hold fractures until swelling goes down b 4 surgery. If you are not satisfied with the care a second opinion should b obtained. ...Read more
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 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
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