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Hand Fracture (Overview)

A fracture (break) of one of the bones in the hand. Most commonly a metacarpal or phalangeal fracture.


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How long does a hand fracture take to heal after intitial treatment?

How long does a hand fracture take to heal after intitial treatment?

Depends: Depends on many factors how bad is the fracture and how good is the vitamin d level and of course all smokers heal slower
all fractures take about 2 years to go on to full healing and remodeling but most should be pretty darn solid by 10-12 weeks
with hands stiffness is a major issue post injury so early gentle range of motion is important. ...Read more

Hand Fracture (Overview)

A fracture (break) of one of the bones in the hand. Most commonly a metacarpal or phalangeal fracture.


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What tests are necessary to diagnose a hand fracture?

What tests are necessary to diagnose a hand fracture?

X-ray: X-rays are still considered the standard for diagnosing fractures of the hand. ...Read more

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Treating a Spinal Fracture (Checklist)

Rest
Once
Use NSAIDs to decrease inflammation
Daily
Use pain medications on an as-needed basis
Daily
Consider an MRI to evaluate fracture
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Do symptoms of a fractured hand involve swelling?

Do symptoms of a fractured hand involve swelling?

Yes: Hand fractures are associated with pain, bruising, swelling and if displaced may exhibit rotation or other finger deformities. ...Read more

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What are signs of a hand fracture?

What are signs of a hand fracture?

Pain: There are several signs. The most obvious one is a deformity. Without a deformity, then in the setting of recent trauma you would be looking for moderate to severe pain and swelling. There is usually a limited range of motion of the affected area. Sometimes you can feel a clicking or stepoff at the area of the fracture. Some fractures can cause a rotational deformity of the finger ...Read more

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What are the tests for hand bone fracture?

What are the tests for hand bone fracture?

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 occurs, may miss a hairline fracture, or one in the many bones of the hand. If clinically suspect even after 'normal' x-ray, may need ct scan, mri, bone scan. A fracture may show up with regular x-ray a bit later, when calcium there. C a hand ortho. ...Read more

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What can cause a hand fracture?

What can cause a hand fracture?

Almost anything...: The hands are very often injured because they are our connection to the outside world. Symptoms and signs of hand fractures include pain, deformity, point tenderness, swelling. They can be caused by direct blows to the hand, twisting injuries, and crush injuries. ...Read more

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What does it meant to have a common hand fracture?

What does it meant to have a common hand fracture?

Depends...: I don't know where you were given the descriptor 'common'. This is not a medical term for a particular pattern of hand fracture but likely refers to a fracture seen commonly either in the hand or in that particular fracture you sustained. ...Read more

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How to treat a spiral hand fracture?

How to treat a spiral hand fracture?

Splint and boddy: Tapping of the two finger together, surgery may be needed if you can not control rotation. ...Read more

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Possible hand fracture. What can I do to treat the fracture?

Possible hand fracture. What can I do to treat the fracture?

Splint and body tape: If you think you have fracture the best thing to do to splint for week or two and if it is the finger do body tapping. Of course you are going to see your doctor soon. ...Read more

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How is a hand fracture typically treated?

How is a hand fracture typically treated?

Immobilization: Any fracture will need to be immobilized. In the case of a hand fracture, the hand would be placed in a cast for approximately 4-6 weeks. ...Read more

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What is the treatment for hand bone fracture?

What is the treatment for hand bone fracture?

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 occurs, may miss a hairline fracture, or one in the many bones of the hand. If clinically suspect even after 'normal' x-ray, may need ct scan, mri, bone scan. A fracture may show up with regular x-ray a bit later, when calcium there. C a hand ortho. ...Read more

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What can cause a hand fracture?

Almost anything...: The hands are very often injured because they are our connection to the outside world. Symptoms and signs of hand fractures include pain, deformity, point tenderness, swelling. They can be caused by direct blows to the hand, twisting injuries, and crush injuries. ...Read more

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What are signs of a hand fracture?

Pain: There are several signs. The most obvious one is a deformity. Without a deformity, then in the setting of recent trauma you would be looking for moderate to severe pain and swelling. There is usually a limited range of motion of the affected area. Sometimes you can feel a clicking or stepoff at the area of the fracture. Some fractures can cause a rotational deformity of the finger ...Read more

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How long before a hand fracture heals?

How long before a hand fracture heals?

Rather quickly...: Compared to other bones. Hand fractures are often healed in 3-4 weeks. At that point they will often not appear to be healed on xrays but these lag behind the actual healing. Because stiffness in the hand is much more common than poor fracture healing, immobilization of hand fractures needs to be for as short a time as possible. ...Read more

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How to tell if I have a hand fracture?

How to tell if I have a hand fracture?

Multiple signs: - Swelling
- Deformity of the wrist/ hand
- Significant pain
- Inability to move your wrist
- Unable to move your fingers
- Tingling in the fingers and hand when moving wrist
- Change in color of the hand ...Read more

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How is a hand fracture typically treated?

Immobilization: Any fracture will need to be immobilized. In the case of a hand fracture, the hand would be placed in a cast for approximately 4-6 weeks. ...Read more

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What can I do to relieve a hand fracture?

Hand fracture: Initial management includes continuous elevation above heart level of the injured hand, as well as continuous ice. Immobilization with a splint is helpful. Correct treatment requires correct diagnosis, so have an x-ray and see a hand specialist. ...Read more

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How is a hand fracture typically diagnosed?

X-Rays: The most commonly used diagnostic tool for broken bones is an x-ray. ...Read more

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What could I do to help my hand fracture heal?

What could I do to help my hand fracture heal?

Help heal fracture: Protect your hand from further trauma. Live a healthy life style and eat a healthy diet. Excercise moderately with using the injured hand. Do not smoke. Take a multi-vitamin and mineral daily (can ones made from food). ...Read more

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What does it meant to have a common hand fracture?

Depends...: I don't know where you were given the descriptor 'common'. This is not a medical term for a particular pattern of hand fracture but likely refers to a fracture seen commonly either in the hand or in that particular fracture you sustained. ...Read more

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What tests are necessary to diagnose a hand fracture?

X-ray: X-rays are still considered the standard for diagnosing fractures of the hand. ...Read more

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What is the best way to take care of a hand fracture?

What is the best way to take care of a hand fracture?

See a hand doctor: There are surgeons that deal just with hand problems. Look one up at www. Assh. Org and do what he/she recommends. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: hand fracture?

What is the definition or description of: hand fracture?

Fracture: A fracture (break) of one of the bones in the hand. Most commonly a metacarpal or phalangeal fracture. ...Read more

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Possible hand fracture. What can I do to treat the fracture?

Splint and body tape: If you think you have fracture the best thing to do to splint for week or two and if it is the finger do body tapping. Of course you are going to see your doctor soon. ...Read more

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What to do if you leave a small hand fracture untreated and it got worse?

What to do if you leave a small hand fracture untreated and it got worse?

Could be a number of: Things. Often trauma such as frxs in the hand can lead to arthritis in the joint and cause pain later on. If it has not healed and the fracture remains open or getting worse, you will need either longer immobilization or possibly surgery, depending on where and how bad the break is. ...Read more

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How long approximately does it take to fully recover from a hand fracture?

How long approximately does it take to fully recover from a hand fracture?

6 weeks: Fractures usually take 6-8 weeks to heal, although proper immobilization, genetics, use of tobacco, nutritional status and environmental factors can change this timeline. ...Read more

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How long does it take for a child's hand fracture to regain full strength?

How long does it take for a child's hand fracture to regain full strength?

6-12 weeks: Fractures usually take about six weeks to heal. Even after the fracture is healed, patients - kids included - tend to favor the injured extremity for a while. That time varies from person to person and also depends to some degree on the severity of the injury. 6-12 weeks from the day of injury is a good estimate. ...Read more

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How long will it take for a hand fracture to heal? When can I return to work? I'm cabin crew

How long will it take for a hand fracture to heal? When can I return to work? I'm cabin crew

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 can take longer. Airline employee rules for return to work are often complex so make sure you talk to your employer and treating md to find out whether you can return in a splint or not. Its often not a straightforward answer. ...Read more

Dr. Linda Callaghan
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Fracture (Definition)

A fracture is a broken bone. As there is cartilage at the end of many bones at the joint, a fracture may also include a break in the cartilage. Fractures and broken bones are the same thing. It seems that many believe that a "fracture" is a lesser injury or an incomplete break in the bone, but this is not correct. Fractures may be displaced or ...Read more


Dr. Jeffrey Wint
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Broken Bone (Definition)

Is it broken or fractured is a question I am often asked. The answer is basically that a broken or fractured bone is the same thing. A fracture means a break in the cortex or the strong layer of outer bone cells. In an adult the average time for that to heal varies greatly but is often considered to ...Read more