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Is there a way to tell if I have fractured a bone in my hand

A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Eon Shin
Dr. Eon Shinanswered
Hand Surgery 20 years experience
Yes: Seek your physician and obtain x-rays of your hand. If you have pain, swelling, bruising, and deformity in your hand, these are all indications that y... Read More
Dr. Bradley Butkovich
Orthopedic Surgery 27 years experience
Fractures: typically are associated with significant pain, swelling, bruising, loss of function, deformity and possibly instability of the involved limb or joint... Read More

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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Peter Kurzweil
Internal Medicine 50 years experience
Exam and X-ray: Any significant hand trauma should be seen urgently. Till then clean skin, and apply ice. An x-ray will generally find fracture, but often when first... Read More
Dr. Mark Rekant
Orthopedic Surgery 27 years experience
Xray: Pretty much the only test available.
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bruce Prager
Sports Medicine 42 years experience
Hand fracture: If the fracture is subtle then there may just be little or no swelling. The more severe the fracture the more swelling you will see. There also may be... Read More
Dr. Randy Hauck
Hand Surgery 39 years experience
Pain and swelling: Most fractures cause pain and tenderness at the site. Bruising is often present and if the bones are displaced or moved, there will be a deformity.
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Peter Kurzweil
Internal Medicine 50 years experience
A hand orthopedist.: Any significant hand trauma should be seen urgently. Till then clean skin, and apply ice. An x-ray will generally find fracture, but often when first... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Wint
Hand Surgery 35 years experience
Hand fractures can: Take 6-8 weeks to heal for simple long bone ( finger and metacarpal) injuries. Wrist bones, open injuries, injury with significant soft tissue damage ... Read More
A 36-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
Depends: The stress of the pain & healing process might be responsible for a low grade (<100.5) fever at her age but otherwise i can't relate it to the brea... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ronald Krauser
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An x ray: An x ray is the only certain way to know.
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Tariq Niazi
Orthopedic Surgery 43 years experience
Depends: If no pains: Or deformity or any complaints, we can leave it be, and maybe get some pt; if there is deformity we assess how does it affect the function of the hand... Read More
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Wint
Hand Surgery 35 years experience
Typically : An adult takes 6-8 weeks for a bone to heal. Often for a nondisplaced finger fracture after three weeks one can begin range of motion if pain is minim... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Craig Miller
Orthopedic Surgery 25 years experience
4-6 weeks: 4-6 weeks until use for activities of daily living without cast or brace. Up to 12 weeks until contact sports or heavy weight bearing or labor allowed... Read More

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