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Effectiveness of traction in fracture - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 13-Jan-2012
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Very Good Posted in: Bones, Muscles and Joints
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Doctor :   Hi
User :   Hello
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How can I help you?
User :   May I know whom I am talking with?
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User :   I want to talk regarding orthopaedic problem
Doctor :  
Sure
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Proceed with it
User :   Yesterday My father,aged 66 yrs fell down from bycle....X-ray report revealed that the Hip joint is broken...he is on traction now,and the doctor has advised 1.5 months of bed rest
Doctor :   Ok

Doctor :  
Broken in the sense, is it dislocation or a fracture
User :   fracture
Doctor :   Ok

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The femur bone is the one involved
User :   ok....
User :   my question is that will traction make it fullly cured?
Doctor :   Yes
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It will help
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as there will be enough room for healing
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on providing rest to the affected part
User :   If it fractured then, will it heal automatically?
Doctor :  
Like any other tissue
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if inured bone will require rest for healing
User :   I mean any surgery required or not?
Doctor :  
but bones are under constant stress
Doctor :  
Surgery is not required in all cases
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only when the conventional therapy fails will it be required for complicated cases
User :   ok...tell me one thing
Doctor :  
Yes, proceed
User :   Can my father move in the bed or he has to maintain constant rigid posture...which is very difficult i think?
Doctor :  
Let him take maximum rest as possible
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and avoid stress on the affected part
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Need not be fully immobile
User :   ok....
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Is there anything else I can help you with?
User :   yes sure ....for myself
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Ok
User :   I am suffering from cervical spondylosis
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Ok
User :   I am 29 yrs of age....it gives me pain in my head(above the ears,backhead) and neck alongwith dizziness
Doctor :  
Ok
Doctor :   What is the treatment you have been put on?
User :   I tried some exercises but left them for pain...now I used to maintain good postures while working and in leisure time also...i am not using cushions
User :   or pillows in bed
Doctor :  
Ok
Doctor :   You will need to sleep straight
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on your back
Doctor :   that would minimize the strain on neck while asleep
User :   I do that
Doctor :  
Have you been told about cervical collar?
User :   no i am not
Doctor :  
Ok
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I would ask you to talk about it with your orthopedician
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in your next visit
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it is used to minimize neck movements and thereby improve symptoms
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Are you getting it?
User :   yes
Doctor :  
That will help you more
User :   do i need to use collar always??
Doctor :   Most of the time
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while you are awake
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and take it off during sleep
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that is the ideal strategy
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For a few months initially atleast
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and later you can decrease the usage
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as per comfort levels
User :   Ok...isn't cervcal collar a kind of traction?
Doctor :  
No
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It is a device which fits between your chin
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and the neck is supported
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You would have noticed it in your surroundings or elsewhere
User :   ok...but i thought it would give the effect of traction therapy
Doctor :  
the prinicple is same
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but it is a milder one
User :   Is it curable....i mean CS?
User :   I am quite anxious about it
Doctor :   Supportive management is quite sufficient
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Anxiety worsens the symptoms
User :   I did not get you
Doctor :  
so keep a check on that
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treating the symptoms is the meaning
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of supportive managment
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like the one I mentioned just now, cervical collar, pain killers if required, physiotherapy
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these are the modules of treatment
User :   ok
User :   ok sir thank you very much
Doctor :  
Do want any other info?
User :   I am really greatful for you
Doctor :   Thank you it is my pleasure to hel
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help you
Doctor :   Bye for now
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