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Can neck fractures change a person physically or mentally?


My friend's friend fell off a truck(she was sitting on the side when the driver sped up as a joke) and got 3 neck fractures.
She's been in the ICU for three days now.
Will she be affected/effected by this, or will she heal and be the same?
Richard, hopefully you'll see this, she DID have surgery.
I forgot to mention that.
They had surgery the night of the accident.
They also had to drain fluid out of her head.
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Elsie, the answer to this lies in whether there was any damage to the spinal cord. If the spinal cord was undamaged she will recover completely. Since she has not had any surgery at this point I think that she should recover completely. Mentally she may have to work with a mental health specialist to get past this incident. Being in a car or truck may bring back bad memories.  (+ info)

Can anyone tell me the treatment for trapped femoral nerve is surgery a possibility?


Severe pain in left leg for 7 month, finally got appointment for neuro consultant. Possible trapped femoral nerve is surgery involved to free this.
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Trapped nerve is not a diagnosis. you may have a compressed nerve but you don't indicate which part of the leg is having the pain..The femoral and sciatic nerve both supply the leg.. Would wonder why you have allowed it to continue for 7 months..That allows the inflammatory process to progress. When you get no relief, you may want to consider visiting a doctor of Chiropractic..  (+ info)

Can prior stress fractures in your shins be a cause of Peripheral Arterial Disease?


I have been getting increased pain in my calves for about a year. At first I thought it was because of the access amount of stairs I climb a day, but my calves are so tight. They are stiff, sore, extremely tight, and feel like I'm constantly flexing. Once I sit down, I get weird feelings in my feet. I have a history of stress fractures and I'm wondering if I could have PAD.
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No, there is no direct correlation between the two. PVD and PAD are complications of atherosclerosis.

The symptoms you are having should be investigated, however.  (+ info)

if your Femoral Artery is totally cut how long with it take to die?


I am watching something on tv and a person's femoral artery is totally cut. there isn't any time shown but it looks like it would take about a minute at the fastest for help to even get to the person. I know if your throat is cut you can die in about 4 minutes tops. What about the Femoral?
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it depends on how the artery is cut...if it is cut clean and straight across then you have plenty of time to get help because arteries and veins are sphinctoral muscles or circular muscles that are desicned to contratc and close off the cut but if the cut is at an angle then they can not close off and the bleeding will not stop with out additional treatment. you can lose consciousness in about 30 seconds for the average adult male and death in about 3 minutes if the bleeding is unrestricted.  (+ info)

how do you find the major arteries like the femoral, and carotid arteries in the body?


How do you find the radial, femoral, carotid, posterior tibia ,doralis pedis and brachial arteries? I know where they are on the body, like the carotid is on the neck but where is it in the neck you know. Could someone provide some good details on how to palpate it. thanks
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Here is a simple way to find the major arteries. You can see a couple websites with diagrams and easy instructions in my sources:

The carotid arteries supply blood to the head and neck. You can feel the pulse of the common carotid artery by taking two fingers and running them alongside the outer edge of your trachea (windpipe). This pulse may be easier to find that of the radial artery.

For the brachial artery, flex your bicep muscle. Press your thumb or a few fingers into the groove created between the biceps and other muscles, approximately 5cm from the armpit. You should be able to feel the pulse of the brachial artery. This is the major artery supplying blood to the arms.

The femoral artery carries blood to parts of the leg. Aside from the carotid artery, it is another common site to check for a pulse in an emergency situation. Think of an imaginary line running from your hip to the groin. The approximate superficial location of the femoral artery lies 2/3 of the way in from the hip.

The radial artery is in the forearm, wrist and hand. It's easiest to see it than for me to explain. Take a look at the last website in the sources section.  (+ info)

I have had two fractures in two years should I worry about my bone density?


I am 23 years old and both fractures happened whilst playing netball. I broke both feet whilst landing from a small jump, also both wrists hurt after simple tasks. Should I be worried about osteoporosis/arthritis?
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That is not an unreasonable suggestion. One of the indications for a dexa bone scan is fractures occurring after minimal trauma. A sensible GP would consider your request seriously.  (+ info)

Is it good to alternate ice n heat for stress fractures?


I'm having extreme shin splints, I think borderline stress fractures. I have to do a run evaluation in 2 days so I only have the weekend to heal. What's the best way to utilize my time to heal? Is it ok to alternate ice baths with hot showers back to back? Thanks
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I run track and cross country. What I do after any hard practice or meet, even if I don't have shin splints right away, is take a shower, then i put my legs under the flow of water and gradually turn the water to cold, and then back to hot. But each time i make it colder and then hotter as I go. Eventually i just sit in the hot water and I never have problems. Also if you are having shin splints, find a curb and put your toes on it, then raise your body. Trust me, they work. (you can also hang onto weights to increase it after a while)  (+ info)

Where would patient complain of pain if he had superficial femoral artery stenosis?


I'm working on my med surg case study and I'm trouble finding where the location of pain would be located.

What would you expect pt. to complain of pain if he had superficial femoral artery stenosis? Popliteal stenosis?
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The pain from both would be in the foot/calf. Think of the legs as a field being irrigated by the arteries.
No matter where the blockage is, the first place affected is the furthest away from the heart (hence, the foot & calf).  (+ info)

About how long does it take for facial fractures to heal?


About 7 weeks ago I was mugged and wound up with facial fractures in my right orbit, sphenoid, and a comminuted fracture of my zygomatic arch, which required surgery and was fixed. It's been about 6 weeks since then, and it's healing (bruising and a fair bit of the swelling gone, and I only get a brief twinge if I lightly press on the fracture sites) - does anyone know how long until the remaining swelling is gone and the fractures are healed completely?
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This is variable, and influenced by age, health, diet and general well being.

However, by 12 weeks, I would imagine that your bones would be as good as new.

When you get reviewed, they may re x-ray, and your surgeon should be able to give you a heads up on the healing process.

Good luck!  (+ info)

Do you absolutley need surgery for patella femoral syndrome?


I have patella femoral syndrome. I sublocated my knee, about 3 months ago, and my knee now grinds, and hurts when going up stairs, i also run with a slight limp. Im being sent to a sports doctor to hear my "options". Do you think surgery is my only option?
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NO NO NO NO NO!!!!

If you haven't tried anything else, then DO NOT go to surgery. You should be given a course of physical therapy first, to focus on strengthening some of the quadriceps muscles (typically the portion of one of the four quadriceps called the VMO). This can take several months to strengthen, but can make drastic improvements in people with this condition. I have seen many, many people improve to the point where they have no pain by simply doing the exercises.

Also, try glucosamine/chondroitin if you don't have any allergies to shellfish. Results are mixed with that supplement (available at any pharmacy or store with a pharmacy section), but some people certainly get a lot of pain relief. The supplement works by improving the quality of cartilage in your joints (bad cartilage being the underlying problem in patellofemoral syndrome). Check with your doctor and make sure it won't interact with any medications you are taking, and then just follow the directions on the bottle.

A trial of NSAID (such as ibuprofen, naproxen, or a prescription medication) may also be helpful in reducing inflammation that might be contributing to your pain.

Some recommend bracing; I haven't found it to be particularly helpful, as the braces are often uncomfortable and simply can't compensate for weakness in the medial quadriceps muscles. Nevertheless, this would be a better option to try than surgery.

Surgery is certainly not the first line of treatment in the patellofemoral syndrome.  (+ info)

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