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Know Difference Between Crack And Fracture!

MS - Orthopaedics, D - Ortho, MBBS
Orthopedist, Bhopal
Know Difference Between Crack And Fracture!
A fracture separates a single solid object into two or more pieces due to pressure. In medical terms, a fracture refers to a broken bone due to some kind of external trauma. A crack in the bone, on the other hand, does not cause a clean break in the bone - there is only a separation or discontinuity in the bone material. A crack in the bone caused due to repeated stress is often called a 'hairline fracture'.

Here are the basic differences between a crack and a fracture in the bone and how to treat them:

1. A crack or hairline fracture is rarely caused by a single injury. It is usually the result of bone fatigue which may be caused due to repeated concentrated stress over a long period of time and thus it is also called a stress fracture. Other bone fractures are almost always the result of sudden and severe force on the bones.

2. The skeletal system constantly remodels itself. The cells called osteoblasts absorb calcium and secrete bone connective tissue. If a particular site is exposed to recurrent bouts of force (which are individually not impactful enough to cause a crack), over time the osteoblasts in that region malfunction and the crack appears. Muscular exhaustion can also cause cracks in the bones. Fractures are caused due to sudden external single force trauma to the bone. Nutritional problems like deficiencies of calcium, phosphorus and vitamin D and excessive smoking decrease the bone mineral density and increase the chances of both cracks and fractures.

3. The symptoms of a crack are swelling, tenderness and sharp pain in the injured region. The symptoms worsen over time. A fracture has similar symptoms and might also exhibit an external physical distortion and makes it impossible to move the part of the body that where the broken bone is.

4. An MRI is better for the detection of cracks or crack-prone areas because an X-ray can only detect the crack after it widens somewhat or the bone starts paining because the rays cannot pass through the tiny gap in bone material. A fracture is easily detectable by an X-ray because the rays pass right through the break.

5. Complete rest for six to eight weeks is the most effective way of healing a crack. Using a walking boot in case of cracks in the leg bones in also helpful. Healing fractures requires extensive medical intervention. Surgical techniques like bone grafting and insertion of metal plates are used to reposition the broken bone.

Fracture - How Can You Recover Quickly?

MBBS, Diploma In Orthopaedics, Trauma and Orthopedics training, dnb training, fellowship in joint replacement surgery, m.ch(ortho), fellowship in adult hip and knee computer navigated surgery(switzerland)
Orthopedist, Visakhapatnam
Fracture - How Can You Recover Quickly?
Even though we have 206 bones in our bodies, breaking just one is enough to bring our daily lives to a standstill. A partial or complete break in a bone is termed as a fracture. While minor fractures can heal in as little as 6 weeks major fractures can take 3-4 months to heal properly. In cases of complex fractures, you may need physical therapy even after this time period to get back complete mobility. Hence patience is essential when a fracture is healing, but here are a few tips on how to speed up the process.

Increase your protein intake: Proteins are essential for the healing and repairing of damage to bones and tissues. Proteins also give the bone structure its strength, Hence, depriving the body of adequate protein will result in the formation of soft bones rather than hard, strong bones. This prevents a bone from fracturing in the same place again.
Have a diet rich in antioxidants: Inflammation is one of the first symptoms of a fracture. This inflammation can continue for many days after the incident and until the inflammation reduces, healing cannot take place properly. Antioxidants help rid toxins from the body and help reduce inflammation thereby initiating the healing process. Antioxidants can also help relieve pain.
Exercise: While you must take care not to apply too much pressure on the affected area it is essential to move the limb as much as possible. Being active promotes blood flow and in this way speeds up the healing process.
Avoid alcohol and caffeine: In most cases, a doctor will prescribe pain relievers to deal with the pain of a fracture. Under no circumstances should you consume alcohol when taking these medications. Even after the antibiotic course is over it is a good idea to abstain from alcohol as this can increase inflammation. Similarly, caffeine and all caffeinated products should also be avoided as they contain compounds that can prevent calcium from being absorbed.
Have an alkaline diet: Having an alkaline diet with lots of fruits and vegetables helps stabilise the pH levels of the body and conserves minerals and proteins needed to build strong bones. In this way, it creates the optimal environment for healing. An alkaline diet also increases the production of growth hormones and other growth factors like IGF insulin in the body. These are crucial to speeding up the healing process and aid in new bone formation.
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Impression from MRI of left knee: lt acl grade 1 injury. Degenerated grade 2 tear in posterior horn of medial meniscus and grade 1 tear in posterior horn of lateral meniscus. Mild laxity of medial collateral ligament with lateral subluxation of tibia with respect to femur with joint effusion.

MS - Orthopaedics, DNB (Orthopedics), MNAMS - Orthopaedics, Fellowship in Joint Replacement
Orthopedist, Jaipur
Impression from MRI of left knee: lt acl grade 1 injury. Degenerated grade 2 tear in posterior horn of medial meniscu...
You should consult an orthopedic doctor who deals in sports injuries. Apart from MRI findings clinical exam is very important to formulate a plan of treatment .Lachman and Pivot shift tests are very important. Findings in the examination room and under anaesthesia needs to be considered along with arthroscopy findings. Depending on these you might need ACL reconstruction and meniscal injury treatment either meniscal tear excision or repair.
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I have giant cell tumor on my left ankle joint near to tibia bone .I did surgery and bone grafting. But doctor said recurrence chance will be there.In this situation what should I do?

Bachelor of Ayurveda, Medicine and Surgery (BAMS), Certificate in Child Health, Certificate in Skin Diseases, Certificate in Veneral Diseases, Certificate in Gynecology & Obstetrics, Post Graduate Diploma in Emergency Medical Service (P.G.D.E.M.S)
Ayurveda, Mumbai
You can do your detoxification treatment that is panchkarma from good centre who provide actual panchkarma treatment that can helps you to stop the recurrence and also you can start taking 1stp Haldi pwder and 1/4th tsp black peper powder in milk or lokwarm water once a day. Tulsi kadha also will help you in this condition.
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Met distal femur fracture hai 6 month ho bye but healing is very slow what will do sir plzz suggest me.

MBBS, Diploma In Orthopaedics, Fellowship In Joint Replacement
Orthopedist, Nashik
Femur takes time to heal depending upon the com munition of the fracture. Continue calcium supplements.
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Stem Cell Culture For Broken Bones - What Is It?

M S Ortho, D - Ortho, MBBS Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery
Orthopedist, Mumbai
Stem Cell Culture For Broken Bones - What Is It?
When there is a fracture of the bone, the affected site may be plastered for the fracture to heal. In some cases, this may not be enough to mend the bones and surgery may be required along with bone grafting to rectify the condition. A new form of therapy, involving a less invasive procedure has been developed. It involves culturing the stem cells and using the same to mend and regenerate parts of the bone.

What does the treatment involve?

In this process, one cultures cells from the patient s body. The cells are extracted from the bone marrow. These cells are cultured in the lab and injected back to the affected region of the body. Research has shown that after the injection, the treatment takes anywhere between 7 to 8 weeks to repair the fracture completely.

Since stem cells are being harvested from the patient and not from a third-party, the treatment does not have any ethical constraints. However, more studies are being conducted to prove without a doubt that the same does not cause any damage to the body of the patient in the long run.



It is likely that this procedure will replace rudimentary surgical techniques, such as bone harvesting, in the future. It is far less invasive and does not result in extreme pain or prolonged hospitalization.

The future of the treatment:

While stem cell culture has been around for a few years now, the use of the same procedure to treat fractures is The Latest Technology. It is in its early stages, which is why such a form of treatment is not offered by all hospitals across the globe and very selective surgeons having experience of the procedure would perform it.

Additional research and studies are being conducted to further confirm the efficacy of the treatment. Research has revealed that stem cell insertion in the bone can be used to regrow defects and heal non-unions of a bone. In some cases, repeated stem cell insertion may be required. The bone that grows as a result is as strong as the other bones in the body.
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Injuries - How To Cure It?

MD - Acupuncture, Diploma In Accupuncture, Advanced Diploma In Accupuncture
Acupuncturist, Delhi
Injuries - How To Cure It?
What is Injury?

Injury is any physical damage to the body caused by violence or accident or fracture etc

Symptoms of Injuries-

Loss of consciousness
Difficulty with speaking, seeing, hearing, walking, or understanding.
Irritability
Severe headache
Vomiting
Causes of Injuries-

Medication side effects
cuts from broken glass, knives, scissors or axes
Chronic headaches
Accidents
Falls from cots, windows, tables and stairs
Loss of or change in sensation, hearing, vision, taste, or smell
Paralysis
Speech and language problems
Risk factors of Injuries-

Use of alcohol
Headaches
use of illicit drugs
Road Accidents
Complications of Injuries-

Permanent disability
Brain damage
Death
Diagnosis of Injuries-

In diagnosis of injuries, doctor may ask some question about the accident. If Injury is severe then certain test are needed such as X ray. Basically different tests are depending upon the different type of injuries. For example in Brain injury CT scan and MRI are also needed.

Precautions & Prevention of Injuries-

To reduce the risk of injury, warm up before engaging in sports and other physical activities.
Children with bicycles should be trained in road safety.
first aid measures should be taken to prevent worsening of the situation
Wear comfortable shoes and avoid high heels, this can reduce the risk of twisting an ankle or falling.
Children should not play near the road
Treatment of Injuries-

Homeopathic Treatment of Injuries
Acupuncture Treatment of Injuries
Psychotherapy Treatment of Injuries
Conventional / Allopathic Treatment of Injuries
Surgical Treatment of Injuries
Dietary & Herbal Treatment of Injuries
Other Treatment of Injuries
Homeopathic Treatment of Injuries-

Homeopathic remedies are useful for injuries to the body as from falls, accidents, surgery, etc. It has excellent response in treatment of both acute and chronic injuries. They are also used to treat the pain, soreness and other complications. Below are some of the homeopathic remedies for injuries.

Aconitum napellus
Arnica
Calcarea phosphorica
Hypericum
Bellis perennis
Rhus Tox
Ruta
Symphytum
Acupuncture and Acupressure Treatment of Injuries-

Acupuncture helps to trigger the immune system to help injuries heal. It is an excellent for helping recovery from injuries and improving aches and pain..Acupuncture works directly to free the flow of vital energy through the areas of stagnation.

Psychotherapy and Hypnotherapy Treatment of Injuries-

In psychotherapy treatment, family provides social support for the patient by being involved in the rehabilitation program. Psychotherapy may help in assisting people adjusting to loss and grief following brain injury. Hypnotherapy can be used to treat psychological impact of injury and remove any fear or other negative emotions.

Conventional / Allopathic Treatment of Injuries-

Allopathic Treatment of Injuries depends on the area and harshness of the injury. Serious injuries would require more intensive therapy, whereas more minor conditions are treated symptomatically.

Surgical Treatment of Injuries-

There are several types of injuries and the surgical treatment depends upon the condition of the patient. Surgery can be of head injury, leg injury, and knee injury and so on.

Dietary & Herbal Treatment of Injuries-

Eat a low carbohydrate diet
Diet rich in fruits and vegetables
Diet high in Omega 3 fatty acids such as fish
Other Treatment of Injuries-

Exercise helps in improving your strength, balance, coordination and flexibility and thus reduces the chances of injuries.

I had underwent surgery with k wire for meta tarsal fracture in my foot and femur implant in my thigh, how long it takes to stand on that leg.

BHMS
Homeopath, Hooghly
Gradually u can walk,, firstly u have to stand with stick or Walker,,then gradually u can stand on ur own
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