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Broken Finger Cast Or Splint
Either one ma y be: Used. If the fracture is felt to be potentially unstable a cast may be more likley selected if it is felt that the full time presence of that cast vs. The tendency to remove a splint make a difference . The issue with spiral fractures is to check rotation by genty making a fist to make sure the finger is not rotated and needing of a reduction or surgery ( internal fixation ). ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Splinting or casting: In the proper position is the single most important ting to treat a hand fracture. Finger and hand joints get stiff quiclky if poorly positioned. The immobilzation must offer a secure afe position that allows healing to ccur without prolonging recovery. Typically this is for a nondisplaced or displaced fracture that can be held stable. For unfixable or unstalbe fractures internal fixaiton is adde. ...Read more
Buddy Tape: It depends on where the finger is broken. If there is a fracture of the small finger bones (phalanges) treatment is often as simple as taping the finger to the ring finger. If there is any rotational deformity or articular involvement this must be corrected and occasionally warrants surgical intervention. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Fractures in fingers: May need additional wrsit support to fully immobilize that fracture. The tendons that move the finger originate in the forearm, above the wrist toward the elbow. Wrist motion can cause tendon motion and in turn finger motion. Much depends on the type, location, pattern, stability, direction of the fracture. It may seem like too much but there is often a good reason. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
3 weeks ago,diagnosed with a avulsion fracture, middle finger. plaster tape splint and fracture appointment, should I be getting a proper splint?
Avulsion fractures: in the finger can be minor with a small fragment but accompanied by a large soft tissue injury to ligaments and tendons, or can have a large fracture that compromises the stability of the joint, Often treatment, the of splint, splint position, length of spinning depends upon many factors. Best to follow up with a hand surgeon. A splint from the ER may be fine at first but can lead to issues ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
In thumb spica splint for suspected scaphoid fracture. Pain in entire thumb area while in splint normal?
Yes and no: If the thumb is swollen then the cast may become too tight, yes, if there is no swelling have the cast rechecked, it may need to be redone. In the meantime elevate your hand above your heart for 15-20 minutes to see if that reduces the pain/swelling and call your dr. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Depends...: A fracture on the end of the finger can be splinted easier than those close to the hand. The closer you get to the hand the higher your chances for a cast. There are various types of fracutres that can occur with a dislocation and some are more severe than others. Some may require simple splinting, and others may require surgery. Can you provide more specifics about your individual situation? ...Read more
Had boxers fracture in splint for 14 days. Can i take off splint and buddy splint and wrap my metacarpal bones 2-5 in self adherent wrap?
Depends on healing: I do allow buddy taping of the 5th and 4th fingers for a 5th metacarpal fracture once the fracture has stabilized. Fracture stability is indicated by lack of new displacement and angulation plus the presence of new bone on the x-rays, indicating healing. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Follow up: While an avulsion fracture usually heals well on its own with time, if you are still having stiffness two months out, you need to follow up with a hand specialist or orthopedic surgeon for evaluation. Waiting too much longer may prevent anything more from being done to increase your motion. ...Read more
Certainly could be: Depending on the nature and location of the fracture or sprain, either one or both could be present and treated without a cast. For example, fractures of the metacarpal bones can be treated with screws; this allows return of motion without splinting in as little as 48 hours. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Can chip frcture on anterior margin of scaphoid bone heal itself by using metal brace splint on wrist. Ortho surgeon has recommended to use splnt?
Yes: Occasionally that bone does not heal, so pay attention to your doctor's-:advice-even with adequate immobilation that bone may not heal and ultimately need surgery ...Read more
Need X-ray: You need to get your foot/ankle checked and x-rays taken in order to determine if a fracture is present. If this is a recent injury, the tightness can be from swelling from both conditions. However, it is important to diagnose the correct condition so proper treatment can be rendered. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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