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Broke lower tibia, no surgery as no dislocation but hear sounds on movement. Will X-ray help?

Hi, I am 29 years old and I broke the lower part of my tibia 42 days ago. I have been in a long leg last since then. No surgery was done because my doctor said that the bones are not dislocated and they look very stable. However, when I move my body, sometimes I hear a weird sound like rubbing coming from either my up leg or my broken bones. I am not 100% sure. I am wondering if it is normal to hear rubbing sounds after 7 weeks from the broken part. It makes me feel like I am not healing at all. My second question is, am I going to see any advancement in the xray after 47 day?
Asked On : Sun, 24 Feb 2013
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Orthopaedic Surgeon, Joint Replacement 's  Response
Jul 2013
Hi, thanks for writing to HCM.

Strictly speaking, there should not be any movement occuring at the fracture site after a cast application.

It is possible to feel or hear a grating sensation from the fracture site when the fractured ends move over one other due to minimal movement. This minimal movement may occur if the cast becomes loose after the swelling at the fracture site settles down after some time.

An xray of the injured part clearly shows the formation of new bone (callus) at the fracture site after 6 weeks. So serial xrays taken over monthly intervals will show up whether the fracture is uniting or not.

Hope this information is helpful. Good day
Answered: Tue, 6 Aug 2013
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Urologist Dr. P. T. Patil's  Response
Jul 2016
Thanks for your qury.
You have sustainedinjury to your Tibia 45 das back .Ideally you should have confirmed whether you have sustaine fracture of the Tibia on the day of accident itself.

You are now listening rubbing sound at the site of injury,

Please get x ray of the leg done to confirm fracture and status of healing like non union or delayed union of fractured bone.
Answered: Tue, 6 Aug 2013
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