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Medical Bone fraying

  1. Aug 16, 2011 #1
    Hello, I just got back from the orthopedic and he said the MRI results on my shoulder say I have a little fraying on the bone in my shoulder. He acted like that's not a big deal, at least not worthy of having surgery for and that it isn't the reason for my shoulder problem. But that had me worried that it could get worse. He made it sound like the fraying happens over time due to use.

    Anyone ever heard of bone fraying? He made it sound like it's just a rough spot or something on the bone.
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  3. Aug 16, 2011 #2


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    I've never heard the term, what's interesting is that googling "bone fraying" has this thread as first hit suggesting it's not a common or standard condition. It could be that the collagen fibrils are "fraying" but I'm not sure.
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  5. Aug 17, 2011 #4
    I don't think it's arthritis, I'm only 27. The orthopedic doctor really made it sound like it wasn't a big deal, he just mentioned it sort of as an afterthought, and said it's nothing that would warrant surgery.

    I originally went to the doctor because I had discomfort in my shoulder after I hurt it punching my punching bag while my muscles were sore from working out the day before. I just dealt with it for about two years until I decided to get it checked out. The X-ray showed nothing on my first visit, so the doctor suggested an MRI. I get that and he still finds nothing wrong with my shoulder that would cause the discomfort. And then mentioned the bone fraying since it's the only thing that showed up on the MRI.
    I think he said the MRI showed some inflammation, which is why he gave me the cortisone shot. I'm going back in two months.

    He made it sound like the use of my shoulder over the years is what causes the fraying. He just had me worried that the fraying could get worse or cause me pain later on. Having a rough part of your bone under your skin doesn't sound comfortable.
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    I've never heard the term "fraying" used regarding bones before either, but maybe he was just trying to explain something else in laymen's terms. Maybe he's trying to describe some minor stress fractures, or some wear near a joint.
  7. Aug 20, 2011 #6
    it doesn't have to be arthritis for a rotator cuff injury. the joint is not very stable because of its high range of motion and tears are common. people also get impingement injuries, so he might have meant something like that, also.
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