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Fracture Healing

Fracture healing is a complex process that takes place by two mechanisms: primary or direct healing and secondary or indirect healing. Direct healing involves the reduction of the fractured bone ends either through open reduction or internal fixation surgery. Indirect healing does not require reduction and some amount of motion and weight-bearing at the fracture site induces callus and secondary bone formation.

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I want to know the location and severity of buckle fracture in the attached file. Please explain.

Query: Hello doctor, Can you identify the buckle fracture location in my son's X-ray? Please see the attached files. I am interested in understanding the location and severity of the buckle fracture.  Read Full »

Dr. Muhammad Shoyab

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Your attending doctors may have already informed you that buckle fractures are not of any severity. This is because the bones of the child are pliable enough so that the bone saves itself by buckling rather than breaking altogether. Treatment is quite simple and stra...  Read Full »

Is surgery required for shoulder dislocation and fracture?

Query: Hello doctor, I wish to know if a surgery is needed for shoulder dislocation-cum-fracture. The patient is already undergoing treatment for arthritis and depression. So, will there be complications if put on anesthesia?  Read Full »

Dr. Melvin J. George

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I understand that the dislocation has been reduced and she is planned for surgery. I need to know about the status of the fracture, whether it is displaced or not and the exact location of the fracture. Can you share with me the X-ray image, so that I can answer you ...  Read Full »

When can I bend the finger after splint removal?

Query: Hello doctor, My finger is sprained, and I am given a finger splint. Should I wear a finger splint day and night until my sprain improves? How long will it take me to bend my finger if I have a finger splint? Kindly answer.   Read Full »

Dr. Atul Prakash

Answer: Hello, Welcome to As long as it is just a sprain, you can remove the splint to wash your finger and even take the finger out of the splint at night but keeping it on is preferable. Also, if there is no fracture, then it will be better to move out of the splint as pain allows. Apply ic...  Read Full »

Following fracture, my finger appears to be tilted. How to correct it?

Query: Hi doctor,I had a crack in my ring finger. But, after the plaster, the finger tilted towards the little finger. How to get it straight? It has been one week since the plaster is removed. Please help.  Read Full »

Dr. Sharoff Lokesh Mohan

Answer: Hi,Welcome to week is a good time to correct any deformities in the finger if you do not feel that it is straight. Do not delay. Seek immediate consultation or upload the x-ray and show it to me as soon as possible. Also, upload the clinical photograph of the finger. I can see and ac...  Read Full »

I suffer from tibia fracture. How long will recovery take?

Query: Hello doctor,I am suffering from a tibia fracture. How long does it take to recover? When will I start walking again?  Read Full »

Dr. Akshay Kumar Saxena

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Since you have only mentioned that you sustained a fracture in your tibia, it is actually difficult to tell regarding the healing time. I would like to know the exact location of your fracture and the management that is done in your case. I would also like to see yo...  Read Full »

Splinting or extension block pinning for finger injury?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 37-year-old male. Five days back, I got hit by a cricket ball on the small pinky finger on my right hand. I am attaching the X-ray image and report. Right now, I have a splint. What do you recommend for my case? The doctor told me two options such as a splint or extension block ...  Read Full »

Dr. Atul Prakash

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I understand that the decision can be daunting as there are only statistics to play with, but it has no relevance to an individual case. With your fracture, the main issue is we can get the fracture to reduce in the splint, and though 60 % do well straight away, anot...  Read Full »

Is a conservative cure possible for my mother’s humerus fracture?

Query: Hi doctor, While coming out of the bathroom, my mother fell and had an arm fracture. We took an X-ray scan, and the doctor said the shaft of the humerus mid-third fracture and the bone was displaced. The doctor advised an operation and, for first aid, did a splint. Does it need an immediate operatio...  Read Full »

Dr. Anuj Gupta

Answer: Hi, Welcome to It can be managed conservatively with plaster. Most humerus fractures are united. So the indication of surgery will be if there is no union after weeks. The only benefit of surgery is that the fracture will be fixed, and she can use her arm from the next day. But, in case...  Read Full »

I had broken the inside of my ankle by rolling it, and it is very painful now. What to do?

Query: Hi doctor,I had broken the inside of my ankle by rolling it. I will have my cast off in two days, but the inside of my ankle is still really painful when moving side to side, but moving up and down is fine. Please help.  Read Full »

Dr. Sharoff Lokesh Mohan

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I understand your concern. You need to take off the cast and get a fresh X-ray done. If the X-ray shows good healing, then you need to wear an Aircast ankle stirrup brace for another six weeks. Repeat an X-ray after a total duration of three months. Pain should reduce ...  Read Full »

Will a collarbone fracture heal by itself or need surgery?

Query: Hi doctor, I fell from a bike and suffered a right collarbone fracture. It has been three weeks and bone still seems to be moving. My hand is in a sling and I am also wearing the brace. Two to three days back started noticing bone tenting towards the skin. Will the fracture heal by itself or will I ...  Read Full »

Dr. Ramesh C. G

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Treatment for clavicle fracture depends on the fracture configuration and displacements. If it is tenting the skin over it or shortening of more than 2 cm, it is an indication for surgical treatment. Surgery means we open the fracture site and reduce the fragments an...  Read Full »

Is the surgery for fracture advisable for an 80-year-old?

Query: Hi doctor,My grandmother is 80 years old. Her left side is paralyzed. She is incapable of holding or carrying any weight or exerting pressure with her left arm for more than 15 years. Now, she met with a fracture in the same hand. I have attached the x-ray of her left arm. If the fracture and disloc...  Read Full »

Dr. Sumit Chawla

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Thanks for posting your query along with the x-ray image (attachment removed to protect patient identity). Since the affected side is already paralyzed for more than 15 years, there is no point of going through extensive surgery of fixations of distal humerus in 80 y...  Read Full »

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