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Old 17th April 2005, 04:35 PM
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My son broke a finger bone playing soccer. He chipped off the edge of the first thumb digit at the joint between it and the second digit. This happened three days ago and we discovered it on X-ray yesterday. Arnica helped and Ledum has helped the bruising. He can use it. He has not seen an orthopedic doctor yet. Are there any remedies that might help reabsorb this fragment or will the body take care of it? I am hesitating to give him Symphytum yet since the fragment is unattached.

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Laura Peterson
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Old 18th April 2005, 05:25 AM
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Some time ago I remembering hearing about someone who jumped off a wall and landed on his heel, shattering it. The heel was re-shaped, symphytum given, and it healed. From which I *think* it could indeed be the indicated one for your son's chipped bone? Maybe bandage it to try to hold the chip steady? (Only my thought... ) Is the chip expected to reattach on its own? If not, it would seem you have nothing to lose by trying, and probably sooner is better...

Shannon
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Old 18th April 2005, 10:25 AM
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Personally, although it is a chip, I would hesitate to give Symphytum or calc Phos until I was sure that the chip was in the right place. I treated my mother with alternating symph and calc Phos after a car accident, her bones healed quickly, but the toe bone had not been set in the right place and she suffered a lot for 2 years until the problem was diagnosed.

I was always concerned that the remedies had speeded healing too rapidly and too well (she has osteoporosis), hence the pain from a bone that had not been set in the right place.

Just a thought!

Caroline
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Old 18th April 2005, 09:25 PM
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Thanks to Shannon and Caroline for thoughts on this. He won't see the orthopedic doctor until Wednesday mostly because he doesn't want to miss certain classes and he has practice or a game after school. His dad has a friend who does x-ray and he thought the doctor would want to pin the fragment. It seems awfully tiny to me to do that. I do not know the negative consequences of not pining it. My son would prefer to ignore it and hope it goes away - hence the request for possibly helpful remedies. I am wondering if it would heal with Symphytum since the fragment is close to where it should be, but I just don't know.

Laura
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Old 18th April 2005, 09:45 PM
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I'd be curious to hear what the doctor says about pros and cons of pinning, and what will happen if it's not pinned. Here's my "chipped bone" story. :-) Several decades ago, in high school, I took a fall onto the corner of my kneecap, and months later realized it had chipped. I still to this day have that little flat chip, "floating" on the corner of my kneecap. It's never caused any problems, except that if I bump that particular spot it hurts far worse than otherwise would (and kind of a creepy, yukky feeling, sort of feeling the bone get banged from two sides at once...), and also a slight bit of numbness on the skin, which is only noticeable if I actually look for it.

Which leads me to suspect that, if left alone, the chip probably won't fuse, but probably won't cause (much?) problem, either. And whether symphytum will make it fuse, I just don't know. But I'd be very interested in hearing the dr's thoughts about it!

Shannon
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Old 21st April 2005, 03:25 AM
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He saw the doctor today and the thumb is in a cast.. Symphytum for a bedtime snack!

The problem with the bone fragment is that it has a tendon attached to it. Unless the fragment reattaches, he will have a permanently weak thumb. Surgery is not necessary yet. However, being the father of a high school football player, the doctor consented to put him in a soft cast for the Friday night soccer game. Hard casts are not allowed as they can be used a weapons against other players! I had thought that the rule against hard casts had to do with the injury suffered by the player - silly me.

Laura
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