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5th Metacarpal Sprain Treatment
What treatments can you do for a sprained metacarpal finger up to your wrist? Besides rice because that hasn't helped........
Need to see Ortho: If common treatments have not helped, I would recommend seeing an orthpoedist so they can take proper x-rays to make sure there is no fracture. ...Read more
-R used interchangeably. They refer 2 injuries 2 mucles & ligaments. 3 degrees: 1=tweaked or hurts but no harm no foul, 2=damage 2 the structure with some bleeding & prolonged pain, but with ice, time, rest, & activity modification they heal over a few weeks, 3=a complete disruption such as an ACL tear. If this happens in a muscle body, there's no repair available, painful, ...Read more
R - rest by limiting walking for the first few days
I - ice, apply crushed ice wrapped in cloth (e.g. a tea towel) for 20mins at a time every 2 hours for the first 2-3 days. This will help to reduce swelling.
C - compression bandaging, helps to support your ankle while walking but probably doesn't hasten recovery
E - elevate your leg on a chair/couch for as much of the day as possible ...Read more
I have broken 2nd and 3rd metacarpal. How long is the recovery after treatment with plates and screws?
Depends: We really have to see the x-ray to see if it is a stable fixation to begin early movement which will return you to normal activities sooner. Ballpark woud be 6-12 wks. ...Read more
See below: The best way to stretching is not pulling from your neck, it's levering your shoulders with the end of a bed (or bench) and trying to put the mandibleat 90 degrees. ...Read more
What can I expect if I go to the emergency room for treatment of a sprain? Evaluation by orthopod?
Ed staff: A minor sprain or strain will likely not be staffed by an orthopedic surgeon as ed staff are more than qualified to triage and provide acute treatment for these injuries. If the injury is more severe the ed provider may consult an orthopedic surgeon. The emergency room will recommend appropriate follow up based on the nature of the injury. ...Read more
Toe injury: Treatment of both are essentially the same. You may "buddy" tape your small toe with the adjacent toe which will act as a splint. Also, it would be beneficial to wear a stiff/supportive-soled shoe to protect from too much motion while walking. Fractures will heal within 3-4 weeks generally and most likely sooner for a sprain. ...Read more
My pinky has been sprained for six weeks now.....does this indicate a more serious sprain or a lack of treatment?
Possibly both: You may want to see your health provider for another exam and possibly an X-ray to check for a fracture. ...Read more
What kind of treatment is done for MCL sprain? Does a hinge brace help with the sprain? How long does it take to heal? Can a sprain turn into a tear?
Brace, weeks to heal: Most MCL sprains often heal on their own with relative rest, and a hinged brace can help relieve pain and stabilize the knee. There are 3 grades, with Grade 1 representing microtearing. Grade 2 is a partial tear and Grade 3 is a full tear. Grade 3s sometimes require surgery. Healing is typically 1-3 weeks for Grade 1, 3-6 weeks for Grade 2 and the longest for Grade 3. ...Read more
How should I feel after 6 weeks of treatment for an ankle sprain and osteoarthritis in the joint?
DEPENDS: It all depends on the severity of both the ankle sprain, and the degeneration of the joint. Inflammation will go down (especially with anti-inflammatory treatment), but the arthritis will still be present. Long-term protection of the joint is also needed. I would recommend a minimum of a good compression ankle brace. ...Read more
Treatment:: Ice for 20 minutes, three to four times per day. You could wear a hinged knee brace for support. Only use crutches if you really need to. Take an over the counter anti-inflammatory if you can. ...Read more
I ended up having a grade 3 high ankle sprain, and is unstable. What is the usual treatment? And how long is the recovery usually?
Inflammation: IN the situations you mentioned, the common reason for pain is inflammation which is treated with steroid injections many times, so the same medication can be used to treat all these conditions, however, the dose may be different and excessive doses may lead to irreversible complications. ...Read more
Yesterday afternoon I missed a step and fell. I twisted my ankle and heard a pop. I did the rice treatment all evening. Sprain vs break?
X-ray: Rice treatment was excellent. Hearing 'pops' and having signifigant ankle pain, swelling, bruising are all consistent with ankle sprains and ankle fractures. Some people are even able to bear weight on a broken ankle. Good quality x-says will differentiate between the two.! see your pcp or orthopedic surgeon. Best of luck! ...Read more
What cud be the possible sickness if I hav reoccurring shoulder sprain. What treatment can be done. Physiotherapy was done for 2cycle bt NT effective?
I've got severe ankle sprain from about 2 months, I had 2 torn lig. But I just wrapped it with some NSAID, is there any effective treatment now?
Ankle sprain 2 weeks ago. Now still pain when walk down stairs, squat down, walk slopes. Will recover on its own with time? What treatment needed?
4-6 weeks: Usually 4-6 weeks with splintingGet a more detailed answer ›
See below: If you are having severe pain it is probably too soon for you to be walking on your foot. Talk to the doctor treating you. ...Read more
How long does it take for a hairline fracture at the base of the 5th metacarpal to heal and what is the treatment?
A sprain is a medical term that describes an injury to soft tissue structures in the area. Common examples are a lumbar sprain, in which you might injure muscles in your back; or an ankle sprain in which you could injure ligaments about the ankle. Sprains can be from mild to severe, and so ...Read more