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Yoga With A Broken Arm
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
It depends: It depends on what you mean by treatment - many fractures are treated only with a sling such as upper humerus (upper arm) fractures and many fractures if non-displaced and in good alignment will heal very well with minimal immobilization. ...Read more
X-ray to be sure: Unless there is an obvious deformity you may not be able to tell the difference with the naked eye. While a sprain is an injury to the ligaments of the wrist, and a fracture is damage to the bone, strains of muscles and tendons are also possible. In any case, common symptoms may be pain, limited strength/ motion, swelling, and/ or bruising. Have an x-ray to be sure! ...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 ›
Many choices: As far as over the counter medications go, try advil or aleve. Tylenol (acetaminophen) is another option. If you require stronger pain medication, then you will need a prescription from a md. As always, don't take any meds that you have known allergies to or that may interact with current medications. ...Read more
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
Restrictions: A lot depends upon the location, degree, level of instability, effectiveness of treatment. You really need to get specific guidelines from your treating provider...But i always mention when asked that using a jackhammer and repelling down a steep mountain are probably out for most. ...Read more
Variable: Everyone is a little different in terms of how long discomfort after a broken bone will last. Other factors include how much you move the arm (limb) that was injured and your bone density. Typically fractures/breaks heal within 6-8 weeks and most of the pain occurs in the first 1-2 weeks if the break is stabilized in a cast or proper splint. ...Read more