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Broken Bones Santa Monica, CA

Your bones are one of the hardest substances in your body, second only to tooth enamel. Unlike tooth enamel, bones are living tissue, and they can grow and heal when they are damaged. Under certain circumstances, a bone will break or fracture, and may even require urgent care. In many situations, X-rays are used to determine the extent of the damage.

An X-ray shows where the break or fracture is located. A bone break can occur on the shaft or center of the bone, such as in the case of some broken arm or leg injuries. A break can also be located near the end of a bone but not include the joint, or it can include the joint and be located on the tip of the bone. Sometimes these types of breaks also affect the cartilage.

Misalignment of the bone can be observed on an X-ray. Some breaks leave the bone aligned perfectly, while others may cause the bones to shift completely out of place. In many situations, the X-ray is one of the best diagnostic tools for determining how bad the break is and what type of treatment will be needed to provide optimum healing.

Some breaks may require additional imaging tools to adequately determine the damage. This can be the case with wrist fractures. X-rays do not always show hip fractures in older adults. A CT scan may be the imaging of choice in a situation where the skull is fractured.

Pathologic Fractures

Some individuals may have conditions that weaken the bones. This can be due to a disease that disrupts the normal remodeling of a bone, like osteoporosis. Old bone tissue is reabsorbed by the body faster than new bone is generated. This causes the bone to become weak and brittle.

Cysts caused by bone cancer or non-cancerous infections can also cause weak bones. Unspecified abnormalities called lesions also cause weakened bones. Lesions can be the result of bone damage or previous injury to the bone.

If you have been injured and are experiencing pain or swelling, you could have a broken or fractured bone. Contact Dr. Michael and come in for an exam of the injured area. An X-ray may reveal a break or fracture that needs attention.

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Brent J. Michael, MD

4.7 / 5.0

Based on 34 reviews

Tammy Siever

Dr. Michael is the most Caring Dr. I have had the privilege of having taking care of my health needs. His calm and personal demeanor is above and beyond what I have ever experienced. I have never had issues with the the waiting time but, if ever I did I would not complain because he is worth the wait. I get his complete attention the entire visit. When I leave I feel very confident that he has completely covered my heath needs from head to toe. I would recommend him to anyone who wants is concerned or wants a Dr. to be concerned about their health.

Gianpaolo von Nacher

Dr. Michael has been our family doctor for over 10 years. He has always been the main pillar in our family care; specially a few years ago when my father wouldn’t have been able to get through a very difficult period without his care. He always goes the extra mile. His staff is amazing. Anita, his nurse, always efficient, loving and caring. Aileen, in the front desk, always responsive and helpful. I’m very grateful to have them on our side.

Mark B

I could literally write pages about Dr. Michael. I thankfully met him and his staff over 13 years ago after I had been suffering from a serious lung infection for over a month that 2 other doctors had missed.- 1 due to being totally arrogant and thinking I just had a cold. I was burning up and so sick I could barely walk. Dr. Michael took the time and actually listened to me - instead of just saying its probably just the flu (as the other doctors had done) or just a cold and sending me home, he actually did a complete physical on me an then had the intuition to order a chest x ray on me (I was not even coughing at the time) and then really looked at it and discovered that I actually had a really serious lung infection and started me on antibiotics. While this may sound like no big deal - it actually was, as he actually saw that it was not a normal looking lung infection and I later learned he went above and beyond and had a infectious disease specialist look at the x ray just to be safe and as he suspected it was even more serious. Since that day he has always been my main doctor. I would also like to add that I have a serious long term health condition and most doctors would generally attribute many of my current and past health issues to my main condition (it usually is the case) but Dr. Michael always looks at whatever is happening to me at the moment as if I was a new patient. This is probably his biggest talent and gift as a doctor as he has on more than one occasion over the years thought outside the box with me and has figured out quickly why I was sick at the time - sometimes it was minor but more than a few times it was really serious. His quick way of thinking and knowledge and intuition is what kept me from getting sicker and going into the hospital. If you are looking for a doctor that actually treats you like a person and not a number then see this man. I am not a celebrity or a wealthy person - far from it - but he treats me like I am - many Vets like myself go to the VA and its a great blessing but I just do not have the energy to go there as its so big. Dr. Michael is seriously brilliant and really patient and I am truly thankful I found him.

Edward Dragavon

Dr. Michael takes the time to explain the meaning of medical terms and test results in a way that a lay person can understand. He is very thorough and answers any question that you may have. His staff is also very professional and competent at their tasks. Given a choice, I wouldn't go anywhere else.

Tim Whalen

Dr. Michael is an intelligent caring human being who is focused on positive outcomes. He has a great ability to synthesize the details of lab results and other tests into preventive measures. I greatly respect his approach to care.

William Barry

A very smart and caring doctor. Very intuitive and yet he will base his decisions on test data. Patient for over 10 years. 5 stars

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Brent J. Michael, MD

2001 Santa Monica Blvd, Suite 880W
Santa Monica, CA 90404



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