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A female asked:

Is it normal for your fingers to swell when you have a fractured wrist? my fingers don't move well, and are swollen and hot...

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Dr. Mark Galland
Orthopedic Surgery 32 years experience
Yes: This is common. Remove any jewelry you may be wearing on your fingers/ wrist. Use ice, compression, & elevation to decrease swelling. Elevating your hand will cause gravity to pull it towards the elbow, but ideally you should elevate above your heart whenever possible. Also, depending on the type of fracture finger motion may be an acceptable way to try & move some of the swelling.
Dr. Jason Rudolph
Orthopedic Surgery 28 years experience
Yes: Very normal for your fingers to swell for the first week. Constant elevation, and even some ice on your hand should help.
Dr. Kenneth Merriman
Orthopedic Surgery 47 years experience
Yes yes: Move those fingers a lot and keep it up also elevate the hand as much as possible and more of course call and talk wit your doctor about this.

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Last updated Dec 9, 2013

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