Patient Comments: Fracture - Describe Your Experience

Please describe what type of fracture you experienced.

Comment from: mj, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: August 24

I'm 73 and active, doing martial arts. I tripped and fell hard with my arm at an awkward angle and tried to catch myself. I had a lot of pain and couldn't bend, lift or straighten my left arm. Also, it was painful to try to turn my palm over, and my arm felt stiff. I have a fracture of the radial head, and I hope I haven't done damage to tendons or ligaments. I have my arm in a splint for 13 days and then I'm supposed to start moving it.

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Comment from: cosmosflower, 45-54 Female Published: June 09

I was nine years old when I fell of my bike riding in circles around a car tire with a metal pole in the middle filled with concrete. The back of my head hit the concrete and cracked my skull eight inches across the back. I couldn't stand up. My brother was there with me and he helped me to get up, but I had no balance and had to lean on him just to get home. I got home and ran and locked myself in the bathroom putting cold wash clothes on my head. I finally let my Mom in to help. I could talk but I couldn't stand straight. Mom took me to the hospital the next day when that night all I did was throw up. The swelling was bad and I ended up with a blood clot on the top part of my brain. They gave it a day to go away and if it didn't by the next day they would have to do surgery. Well it was gone the next day, thank God. I was bedridden in the hospital for a week with rounds of penicillin. When they finally got me up to walk I was so scared they had to force me to walk. I had a nurse on each side of me to hold me. It took me a few days to get my balance back. I remember I was so mean to those nurses. I guess it was due to the head injury. I had no long term effects from this injury, except I have trouble with left and right directions. I'm lucky to be alive since this injury happened.

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Comment from: 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: June 05

I suffered a trimalleolar fracture (ankle) with no dislocation. I broke my fibula, tibia and talus, all were transverse. I had an open reduction internal fixation surgery to place a 4" plate and 8 screws through the tibia and fibula to hold in place. I had a 6" incision on the outside of my ankle with 22 staples and a 3" incision on the inside ankle with 8 staples. My talus was left to heal naturally. I am now 6 weeks post ob and 50-100% weight bearing in a cam walker boot. I spent a month NWB in the boot. Last 6 week post-op x-rays indicated that my tibia and fibula were more than 50% healed, talus showing great callous formation. At 10 weeks post injury I will be placed in a brace and into my running shoe. This was a sports related injury.

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Comment from: dove, 35-44 Female (Caregiver) Published: May 20

I was a victim of domestic violence. My arms were held down at my sides while lying in a horizontal position, and my face, my eyes, and my nose were beat with a closed fist. My diagnosis was a closed head injury. I had suffered a nondisplaced nasal bone fracture on both sides. I had a left periorbital contusion. I had bruising around both eyes and still have acute pain under my right eye. I had no health insurance and had no help from the police, even after I went to the hospital for the diagnosis. They never showed up to take a report. I feel like I have more damage. It's hard for me to communicate, read, I can't run or laugh like I used to.

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Comment from: dustydog, 75 or over Female (Patient) Published: November 13

I am 70 years old, and one evening, I fell down a flight of outdoor stairs, landing on concrete. I fractured my femur and also fractured my hip in three places. I had surgery the following morning where they placed a 13-inch rod down the femur, a pin above my knee, and two pins in my hip. It has been one year, and I still experience some pain in the hip, although I feel I am doing fairly well.

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Comment from: Jason, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: January 31

I crushed my finger tip bone.

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Comment from: skdknits, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: July 15

I had blunt force to my right parietal side of the head, with my ear remaining numb like it is asleep. I had a large amount of swelling to begin with. No bruising, and no open wounds. I had a CT scan 4 days after the injury, and it was negative at the time. Now that the swelling is gone, my skull is depressed and tender on that side, and I have a headache that will not go away. Since the ct was negative, should I just give all of this time to heal?

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