Understanding X-Rays and a Minor Fracture

However minor a fracture is, there is always a chance that its treatment fails to gauge the full extent of the damage caused. X-Rays come in handy even when the diagnosis is complete, simply because they are best form of imaging that allows for the emergence of a primary yet comprehensive understanding of the injury.

What a Minor Fracture Might Consist Of

Bones break, but they don't always break cleanly. Around the fracture, there can be much damage caused to the structure itself or surrounding tissues. This subterranean damage may not be immediately perceivable or felt by the affected person. This is why sometimes people who may have suffered a mild fracture in a foot during a sports-related activity go on walking on it for at least for a week thereby making the pain worse. This, however, is not a good practice especially as older you get, since a broken bones, no matter how minor, can be difficult to heal.

X-Rays Give You The Right Picture

Doctors require an X-Ray for the simple reason that there is much more to know about a fracture than the simple fact there is a bone broken somewhere. Bones are liable to break into pieces or move out of their naturally set configurations. Moreover, tendons, muscles or ligament-like entities surrounding or supporting the bone could be torn as a result of a broken bone and this is difficult to detect without an X-Ray.

Lastly, there are certain kinds of fractures such as fractured ribs, where no matter how minor the break is, it is essential to understand the severity of the injury as part of the diagnosis.

Narrow Down Curative Procedures With X-Rays

A primary procedure that might follow the X-Ray diagnosis is that the doctor, having understood the extent of the damage will know if the bone has broken the skin. If that is the case, he would have to open up the injured portion and remove the minutely fractured pieces and only then can the bone be returned to its normal alignment. This also requires cleaning of the affected area to prevent infection.

Following this, the decision of whether to fix a cast on the injured area is taken. The cast itself could take different forms. And in some cases, the nature of the fracture as determined by the X-Ray will prompt whether the cast has to be applied in conventional ways or whether, as in the case of ribs, some light fixing by tape has to be used.

No matter how minor an injury seems, getting an X-Ray is important in order to determine if there is a fracture and the full extent of the fracture. You can get an X-Ray done any time of the day or night at Owl Now Urgent Care. Also check out our new page on X-Rays and Minor Fractures.


Most of us are told, time and again, that we have to avoid certain foods if we want to keep our teeth nice and healthy. Which means that not a lot of people will be surprised if they were told that they should stay away from sugary, sticky snacks and beverages.

But is there a more positive angle to take on this? Why focus so much on what you shouldn't do when you can instead look at the things you can do to improve your dental health?

Many of us understand that we need certain foods to maintain our overall health, but there are also many foods that can have a direct impact on our dental health, too. These foods include, but are not limited to:

Leafy Greens

Greens are filled with folic acid, which promotes a healthy mouth structure and cell growth, which means they can contribute to stronger tooth enamel. There is also a lot of vitamin B, which reduces irritations and inflammations.

Celery

Celery features vitamins A and C, which contribute to overall health of your gums. As a side benefit, chewing celery is like brushing your teeth without actually brushing your teeth because it can help clean some of the food particles from your teeth. (Note that this does not replace your regular teeth brushing.)

Firm Fruits

There is a lot of goodness in most of the fruit available at your local grocery store, but it's usually best to stick with firmer varieties, like apples, that have a high water and fiber content. This is because despite the number of vitamins and nutrients, fruits also have a lot of sugar, and soft fruits that stick to your teeth can be as bad as any other sugary snack.

Coconut Oil

This is one of the richest sources of saturated fat in the world which means it is composed of triglycerides and lauric acid. This element breaks down into monolaurin, which helps to kill harmful bacteria and viruses that are setting up shop in your mouth.

Nuts

Most nuts - but almonds in particular - can be really good for your teeth. They are a major source of protein and calcium without any unnecessary sugars.

Cheese

Some studies suggest that cheese may actually have enough calcium in it that it can protect your teeth from the acids in other foods. Also, like many other foods on this list, as you chew these firm foods, it helps produce extra saliva, which can lower the risk of tooth decay.

Yogurt

Like many other dairy products, yogurt packs a lot of calcium and protein. This helps strengthen your teeth, but the real benefit is in the probiotics, which have a positive impact on your gums and push out some of the other bacteria that could cause cavities. (Just make sure you're not getting a brand/flavor of yogurt that has a high sugar content.)

Strawberries

This is a difficult one. Strawberries contain malic acid, which is used by the body to convert carbohydrates into energy. However, it can break down tooth enamel. On the other hand, that same malic acid can act as a natural teeth whitener (if you smash a couple up with some baking soda). The solution, then, is to always rinse or brush your teeth after any strawberry application.

Water

Yes, technically this is a drink and not a food, but it is a critical part of a tooth-healthy diet. Water helps wash sugars and acid off your teeth. If you are living in an area with fluoridated water, studies have shown that this also helps reduce the risk of cavities.

Maintaining healthy teeth and gums doesn't have to be difficult, and it doesn't have to mean giving up a lot of delicious foods. There are plenty of great things you can eat that actually have a beneficial impact on the state of your teeth. Keep these things in mind on your next trip to the grocery store.


Here are three reasons why you might be feeling that way and you may want to look into changing it if you want better habits! Stay healthy with good sleep and feel energized.

Too Much Sleep
What am I talking about that if you sleep more you feel more exhausted?! That sounds ridiculous and I know that no one wants to hear it but that is true. Scientists call oversleeping drunkenness because it feels sort of like a hangover. When you sleep too much, you're throwing off that biological clock, and it starts telling the cells a different story than what they're actually experiencing, inducing a sense of fatigue. You might be crawling out of bed at 11am, but your cells started using their energy cycle at seven. This is all very similar to jet lag, if you have ever experienced it. But oversleep isn't just going to ruin your day. If you're oversleeping on the regular, you could be putting yourself at risk for diabetes, heart disease, and obesity.

Devices
The infamous put your phone down or laptop away before you lay down for bed. OH NO! You can't miss out on your nightly scroll through Facebook to see what everyone is up to or to just laugh at stupid memes all night. Well here is the problem, you start to scroll and then after two hours you don't realize how long it has been and now you cut your 8 hours of sleep into 5 1/2 hours which isn't sufficient enough and you will be more exhausted in the morning! It's not only bad for your sleep schedule to just lay in the dark and scroll through social media but it is also terrible for your eyes. You are constantly putting strain on your eyes when you are in a dark room with a bright light close to your eyes. This is not only bad for your sleeping schedule and can decrease your chance of getting a full night of sleep but it is also bad for your eyes and can cause severe headaches. PUT YOUR PHONE DOWN!

Alcohol
Yes, I know sadly alcohol can create more bad than good. We know that you get hangovers already, that wear you out and make you more lethargic. Well folks that can create more exhaustion and feelings of not wanting to get out of bed or plain out not doing anything all day but eat and lay around. The day after drinking copious amounts of alcohol and barley any water is going to dehydrate your body like crazy and make you feel like garbage. If your end game is to get back on a good schedule and stop feeling so tired and worn out, so that you can enjoy life, then you need to cut down the alcohol in your life and learn a healthy happy balance.


Going back and forth with where to start on your new healthy adventure can be very frustrating and confusing to the point where a lot of people give up after a week of trying new and different things. My best advice while starting this new adventure is to get in the mind set that everything works differently for everyone! Not every diet will work the same for each person. For example my best friend can only have half the carbohydrates a day than I can because my body can process them faster and distribute it evenly throughout my body. So don't get frustrated from the beginning because everyone starts out in the same place you are now.

Here I have listed a checklist of things you should consider while starting off on your new adventure of being fit healthy and happy!

Throw out more than half of the junk food in your house, if not all of it.
They are only temptations that we don't need. Yes you can eat them occasionally but having them linger around gives us more incentive to give into the temptations.

Write a list of your fitness goals.
Start off with writing down your morning weight and date it. Then write down where you want to see yourselves and the time frame you are giving yourself.

Start thinking about meal prep.
Meal prep is all about making meals for your week to get you started on a healthy week because the moment you open that fridge you can grab anything but if you know you already have meals that you prepared you are more willing to go for those and that is always the healthier option.

Go shopping for healthy food options.
You can check out anywhere on the internet for recipes and grocery lists for healthy food options.

Get a gym membership
I know not all of us have a lot of money to spend on expensive over the top gym memberships but there are some gyms like XSport or Planet Fitness that offer $10 memberships and the moment you know you are paying for something you will tend to use it way more often. If this really isn't a viable option then do at home workouts, take daily walks, start up running or biking riding as a new hobby. It is all about starting off with small changes.

Drink more water.
Your daily water intake should be at least 8 glasses of water a day. This will help with your skin, hair, and overall hunger that we tend to get when we start a diet.

Think of this as a lifestyle change for the better.
The moment we stop calling it a diet is the moment we keep trying for this end goal and we keep up with what we started off doing in the first place.

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