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X Ray Broken Arm
6 months ago since putting metal plate to join the upper arm fracture, the recent X RAY shows no progress. Wait further for healing? 53 years lady.
Official xray report:
Sounds like you have either a delayed union vs. Non union of the bone.
A delayed union is a fracture that still has the potential to heal though it may take up to a year or so to do so. Bracing and a bone stimulator can help.
BUT if the X-ray shows signs that it is a non union then it is unlikely to heal without surgical intervention. Xray criteria for each condition are well documented ...Read more
An arm fracture typically refers to a fracture of the bone in the upper arm, the humerus or of the bones in the forearm, the radius and/or the ulna. Fractures in the hand and wrist are usually not called "arm fractures". While many of these fractures are treated non-surgically in children, many of these fractures, particularly those in the forearm, ...Read more
Recumbant bike, walking, hiking uphill, maybe running depending on fracture. Lunges, weightless squats, standing hamstring curls, some pilates. >nutrition<
talk with your doc, but if surgery is done I tend to restrain from exercise for 3-4 days to allow the skin to start to heal... ...Read more
Depends: The best way to heal a broken arm depends on the specific bone fractured and the position of the bones. Some fractures are best treated with immobilzation or casting. Others do better with operative intervention. ...Read more
Varies: Believe it or not, every patient can have a different experience/sensations with a broken arm, ranging from sharp pains to aching pains, burning pains, numbness (if nerves are involved), shooting pains, etc. If the arm is not well immobilized, you may also have a sense of instability or bones rubbing. ...Read more
What type of fracture? Does it need surgery? Although our surgical interventions have progressed significantly surgery is still surgery...
That being said pain control after arm/upperextremity surgery tends not to be horrible. Most of my patients have pain for 3-4 days and then are off narcotics. ...Read more
Very carefully: Very carefully; try to get assistance if available. You may also want to buy some ankle length socks as they may be easier for you to manipulate them with your fingers (which I presume are not casted) if there is any doubt please contact your physician/orthopedist for further advice/assistance. ...Read more
Depends on age:
This depends on the age and also on what part of the arm is broken.
For an adult the average is about 8 weeks, but will vary depending on which bone and even what part of the bone is broken. For kids the healing time is faster and the lower the age, the faster the healing. ...Read more
Yes: As long as you can funtion normally I dot not see why not. ...Read more
Bone stimulation: Apart from creating good conditions for healing such as having enough calcium and vitamin d (1.5 g of calcium und 800 units of vit d taken in 2 or three doses over a day), is an ultrasound bone stimulator (exogen). However I need more info to give you good advice (surgery or not, cast or brace, therapy etc). ...Read more
Fractures that come through the skin are treated like emergencies, to minimize the risk of infection.
Closed fractures are best placed into a reasonable position & splinted to reduce risk of further soft tissue injury and for comfort.
Most fractures are treated within a week or so, but occasionally after failure of non-op treatment, surgeries may take place later. It's harder, but it can be don. ...Read more
Multiple Meds: A broken arm can result in pain due to musculoskeletal damage along with possible nerve involvement. Typically alleve/motrin work well in addition to ice, casting, elevation, and rest. If pain is severe and resistant to above medications, you can utilize a narcotic (i.e. Percocet). Discuss with your pcp or orthopedist/sports medicine physician on other options for pain control. ...Read more
Yes: Especially if on narcotics.Get a more detailed answer ›
Possibly: It certainly could, especially depending on how you land. Most commonly seen are wrist, elbow, and shoulder fractures. If you have localized bony tenderness in your arm, I would advise seeking medical evaluation. ...Read more
Depends: Location, degree of injury, tupe of fixation, age, general health all come into play but in most adults farctuers on average take 6-8 weeks to heal with respect to a united bone. ...Read more
Stabilization: Rods are inserted to stabilize fractures.Get a more detailed answer ›
Painful: Broken bones don't say I think I'm broke, they say I'm broke. Most people feel silly when they say I think I broke a bone when they finally break a bone, as the difference is significant. Pain interpretation is very individualized though. Some have high pain thresholds and some have very low thresholds. ...Read more