FAQ - Humeral Fractures
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Can you receive bone fractures from Osteo Arthritis?

I have osteoarthritis and has undergone bi-lateral total hip replacements. I was at a follow-up appointment with my doctor and was complaining about pain in my right ankle and swelling of it. I was experiencing this trouble way before the surgeries and my doctor had it x-rayed and it shows old and new fractures.

Fractures may be a result of osteoporosis, not osteoarthritis. OA is a disease of the joints (specifically of the cartilage that lines the joints). It is not a bone disease although the wearing and thinning of cartilage can cause bone deformity, osteophytes, bone cysts around the joint.

Osteoporosis is a disease of the bones, causing them to become more porous, less dense, thus weaker, with a propensity to fracture easily.

Have any of your doctors suggested a bone density test?  (+ info)

If you have 4 displaced fractures in your foot what do they normal do? Surgrey, cast, boot?

I have 4 displaced fractures, in my right foot that are connected to my toes. They put me in a boot, and said no weight on the foot afraid that the bones will poke through, what do they normally do? How long are you out of work?

that's really bad for you, and probably they do all of those solutions, you probably have surgery if the fractures are bad enough, then you will have a cast, and when you can bear weight, they can give you a boot to walk with while your foot heals. How did you do to break your foot??
GET WELL SOON  (+ info)

What kind of exercise can I get with stress fractures?

I'm 15. I run a lot, 7 miles a day usually, and I'm really fast. But, I just found out that I have stress fractures again! How am I supposed to stay in shape? I'll just become a really fat person who will never be a good runner now. I do not want to gain weight. What can I do? And, what should I do about my diet? I mean, I generally eat very healthy foods, but should I limit what I eat a lot more now?

If you run on cement or asphalt, you are more likely to get stress fractures. Check to see that you have shoes which can act as shooks for your legs as you run.

You are not going to gain weight just because you quit running. There are plenty of exercises to give you the activity you need. However, that isn't running and it sounds like running is important to you.

If you are taking in the amount of calories in a balanced diet per day, then you shouldn't gain weight. Just change your style of exercise. Find another type that you enjoy. Maybe alternate the running with the other type of exercise you choose.  (+ info)

Any one who has had a Midshaft Humeral Fracture! Cracking in the elbow?

Sometimes it feels like my arm isnt attached to my brain. I wake up and cant tell what position its in. They have it in a fracture brace and it still pops and clicks. Do you remember this happening? I have had the brace for 3 days now. Still very swollen.

the nerve is probably being pinched by the swelling. I bet that hurts a lot!  (+ info)

Who can answere my question about stress fractures?

I think I may have a stress fracture. Would it swell a whole lot if I had one? It hurts on my fifth metatarsal...really bad. But it's not that swollen. It is swollen, but not bad. It had a burning sensation. What type of brace is appropriate for stress fractures?

umm i suggest go to ur dr. bc i had a stress fracture and it had to be immobilized for 6wks.  (+ info)

What is the rehabilitation process for hip fractures?

I am student doing a research project and need to find different treatments for an individual suffering from a hip fracture. How is electrical stimulation applied? What forms of therapeutic exercises are useful? Gait training? Any physical therapist out there...I would greatly appreciate your input. I'm eager to learn.

This will depend on many factors. Some are allowed weight bearing immediately, some require pinning and may be TDWB or NWB for several weeks. I never use e-stim for hip fractures. Gait training is permitted when the orthopedist give clearance.

...you would need to be more specific with your question...femoral neck fracture, femoral fracture, acetabular fracture as well as the degree of the fracture and the medical history of the patient.

I would direct some of these questions to an orthopedic surgeon.   (+ info)

What types of excersize are acceptable for stress fractures?

The fracture is in one of my toes from running.

I was given one of those bulky knee high boots to immobilize my foot and I'm going to be out of sports for five weeks.

But I'm trying to get a sense of what to do in the meantime and what types of weight lifting are acceptable.

Anything that doesn't involve the quick movement of your feet. So all weight lifting aside from major leg exercises (no Squats, calf raises, and so on).

Anything for upper body is fine.

Cardiovascularly,.. a rowing machine would be a good alternative, and help tone your back and help posture/core.

Swimming would be fine as well, if you can swim in your boot, or take it off, etc.

Basically you can use your head on this one -- anything that does not put any load bearing on your foot.

With broken toes I have seen people get around and do alot of exercise -- some simply manipulated the way they walked on the foot to avoid say contact with the "pinky" toe, etc.

I don't recommend this, as one wrong move is reinjury and you then have to start back over with healing.

But you definitely have alot you can do.

You risk atrophy of the effected leg,.. but 5 weeks isn't that long, and it will match the other very quickly.

In fact, I would recommend seated leg exercises with the OTHER leg as it has been proven that exercising the opposing limb actually keeps muscle mass from atrophing (shrinking) in an immobilized limb adjacent.

So doing leg raises would be fine with both legs actually,.. hamstring curls are safe for both (laying preferably). Single legged calf raises is safe of course, don't do the hurt leg. You could do single legged squats, but do it with no weight (just your body, AND support your balance with your hands). This will work your entire leg, glutes, and even some of the upper core.

You could do some lower impact exercises for cardio benefit like pilates -- It is ok to say do leg lifts standing, and be relatively gentle with the affected leg.. but just not jump on it, or run with it. Anything that mimics the pressure of general walking is fine. Pilates would be very close to this.

The 5 weeks will fly by.. and is really erring on the side of caution with healing. Your toe will likely heal in 3weeks or so, but 5 will allow the bone to solidify further and prevent reinjury. I imagine you might be able to put more load on the foot after 3 weeks or so, though you will have to confirm with your doctor/pt.

Take care,  (+ info)

Ho to get rid of stress fractures in feet?

When I was in the military I went in severly under weight.
I got stress fractures from my ruck sack, which was to heavy for me to carry,
Any help would be greatly appreciated.
I want to get healed , So I go back in .

rest.  (+ info)

Does anyone know a web site that I can find good information about foot fractures?

I need to find some detailed information about foot fractures. Like whats normal and what to expect.

Any suggestions?

Thanks in advance

Mayo Clinic
http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/first-aid-fractures/FA00058  (+ info)

How long does it take stress fractures to heal?

I have them in my shins for 4 months now. I havent been running. What the normal recovery time?

Generally sw say:
Upper body: 8 weeks
Lower body: 16 weeks
If the patient is a child, we often half these times though. However, it depends on the shape of the fracture and whether or not its dislocated too (and to what degree).  (+ info)

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