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Can I have a fracture in my hand and not realize it is actually a fracture?

Can I have a fracture in my hand and not realize it is actually a fracture?

Yes possible: Yes some times regular x-rays will not show , especially corpal bones ( small bones of wrist ) see a hand surgeon. ...Read more

Dr. James Dukelow
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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


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Is it possible to tell if I have a broken bone in my foot?

Is it possible to tell if I have a broken bone in my foot?

X-ray: X-ray is the way to best tell this. Pretty hard to do based on physical exam alone. Ct, MRI may also diagnose, though x-ray is first-line. ...Read more

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I have a broken ankle which is in a cast. It likes to fall asleep a lot. Is there anything i can do to prevent that?

I have a broken ankle which is in a cast. It likes to fall asleep a lot. Is there anything i can do to prevent that?

Yes: You need to see your orthopod, as the cast might need to be split open to relieve swelling that is probably cause of your numbness. Do you have increasing pain or discoloration of your toes? ...Read more

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I think there may be a fragment of glass in my finger but can't see it is it harmful?

I think there may be a fragment of glass in my finger but can't see it is it harmful?

Depends entirely: on size of glass fragment and how deeply it is imbedded. If you cannot see it, it is either too small or too deep. It is best to show it to a doctor, especially if you have any pain or redness surrounding the area. ...Read more

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Is it possible to have a fracture above the knee because of hitting it and still being able to walk on it because i'm in a lot of pain?

Is it possible to have a fracture above the knee because of hitting it and still being able to walk on it because i'm in a lot of pain?

Possible fracture: It's not clear what hit above your knee and how long ago this occurred. If it has been 1-2 weeks since the injury, then it should be evaluated and x-rays done. If the symptoms persist beyond 3-4 weeks and x-rays are normal, then you may need to be re-evaluated. A non-displaced fracture might be a possibility, but it may not be the cause. A MRI should be considered at that time to check it out. ...Read more

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I have a dislocation of the sesamoid bones in my big toe. Is that hard to fix is this a common injury? I did dance and do gymnastics for 10yrs.

I have a dislocation of the sesamoid bones in my big toe. Is that hard to fix is this a common injury? I did dance and do gymnastics for 10yrs.

Not rare: 2 types of dislocation of seas, kids: 1. Traumatic: where the sesamoid ligaments are torn +- associated fracture of sesamoids sometimes requiring surgery to relocate after the dislocation. 2. Associated with hallux valgus (bunion) deformity. Sesamiods are sublimed laterally as metatarsal head moves medially . Corrected by fixing the bunion ee orthopedic doc or podiatrist. ...Read more

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I have a sudden pain in the middle of my chest. I'm not sure how I may have injured it. Is it possible its a torn muscle or is it something else?

Could be: If pain is reproduced with deep palpation or stretching most likley muscular if not furthar testing is needed. ...Read more

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I work as a carer in a rest home and I've notice that my elbow has restricted strength in it I can't remember hurting it but I know it is painful?

Tendonitis: It may be due to overuse, but it should be looked at by orthopedic surgeon or your family doctor. Find out the cause and then the appropriate treatment can be prescribed. For now ice it. ...Read more

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I have a T9 pressure fracture that is not healing. I hurt it in July of 2013 and now it is May. It is a lot better than it was but I still can't twist?

Pain may persist: Pain after a compression fracture can persists for a very long time, even years. More important is why the fracture occurred. If a person experiences vertebral fracture with trivial or no trauma, she should be checked for osteoporosis. Treatment of osteoporosis can reduce the risk of future fractures. ...Read more

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How long will a broken bone hurt? I broke my ulna 2 weeks ago and it still hurts. It is a clean break that did not need to be set but is in a cast.

How long will a broken bone hurt?  I broke my ulna 2 weeks ago and it still hurts.   It is a clean break that did not need to be set but is in a cast.

Is cast too tight?: Sometimes, there is swelling after a cast is applied. Such swelling can be serious and cause ongoing pain. Generally, if your broken bone is casted correctly, there is not much pain on a non-weight bearing area. Are you using your arm too much or putting strain on it? Have you reinjured it? If not, please see your bone doctor in 24-48 hours. Make sure to say you are having pain!!! Good Luck ...Read more

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I fractured a bone in my knuckles 6yrs ago but i wasn't able to have it check to a medical person, is there any chance that it would be back to normal?

I fractured a bone in my knuckles 6yrs ago but i wasn't able to have it check to a medical person, is there any chance that it would be back to normal?

Probably not: After 6 years you hand is probably as good as it is going to be. You can try strengthening it with gently squeezing exercises but in terms of mobility change is unlikely. ...Read more

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I think I have a bunion in my small toe, is it possible that this will heal spontaneously?

I think I have a bunion in my small toe, is it possible that this will heal spontaneously?

Hammertoe: If it is the small toe the bump is the joint protruding, it rubs against shoe and becomes painful.
Try different shoes, if still no relief see a Podiatrist ...Read more

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If i were to fracture a growth plate, it is a broken bone correct? So wouldn't I have a loss of mobility with that limb and pain for weeks?

If i were to fracture a growth plate, it is a broken bone correct? So wouldn't I have a loss of mobility with that limb and pain for weeks?

See below: At age 18 it would be doubtful that you would break a growth plate. By this age all growth plates would be closed. But yes it would be a broken bone but you may not lose mobility depending on which growth plate. ...Read more

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I have a small cyst in the palm of my hand that seems to be starting to make my hand tingle.Its very painful if hit, what is it! i'm afraid its starting to get worse.I am an xray tech, and I have xrayed it.There is nothing that can be seen on the xray.

I have a small cyst in the palm of my hand that seems to be starting to make my hand tingle.Its very painful if hit, what is it! i'm afraid its starting to get worse.I am an xray tech, and I have xrayed it.There is nothing that can be seen on the xray.

A cyst is a fluid : Filled sac and does not show up on xray except for a soft tissue shadow at just the right angle. There are many nerves in the hand and they can get compressed by anything . It is also possibe that these are not related, that 1 you have a cyst and 2 you HAV anther issue such as carpal tunnel or compression in guyons canal ( or the cyst can casue this too) see a hand surgeon. ...Read more

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Hi I have a broken foot and I have a full numb leg. Clothes hurt on it and struggle to walk on it. is it likely to be a tumour?

Hi I have a broken foot and I have a full numb leg. Clothes hurt on it and struggle to walk on it. is it likely to be a tumour?

If your foot is: Broken why walk on it ? How did you injure it? What exactly is broken? When did the leg numbness start? What is being done for it? No , I don't think its a tumor, where did a tumor come in? I would consider a pinched nerve before a tumor.... ...Read more

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Can I have a fracture in my hand and not realize it is actually a fracture?

Yes possible: Yes some times regular x-rays will not show , especially corpal bones ( small bones of wrist ) see a hand surgeon. ...Read more

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Can my hand be fractured without me realising it?

Stress fractures: can present as low grade pain, Not all the time, but an xray may seem negative at first. Some nondislpaced fractures are difficult to visualize with xrays unless the view taken lines up exactly with the fracture line. But if you are talking about having a broken bone with no symptoms at all, the problem is why would one expect or worry about a fracture in someone without any symptoms? ...Read more

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I was playing rugby yesterday and i soon realized that my finger next to the pinky started hurting, is it fractured?

I was playing rugby yesterday and i soon realized that my finger next to the pinky started hurting, is it fractured?

Possibly: Provided you injured it. Suggest you get it seen if pain persists. Broken fingers are very easy to treat. ...Read more

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I have a fracture on my hand but it was treated as a sprain. What should I do?

I have a fracture on my hand but it was treated as a sprain. What should I do?

Depends: On the fracture, displacement, joint involvement and type of union. It would be best to see a hand doctor to determine the best course of treatment. ...Read more

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How could I know if I have a hairline fracture in my hand?

How could I know if I have a hairline fracture in my hand?

Imaging test: No way to tell for sure it's fractured without an xray. See a doctor. ...Read more

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Do I need a cast for a stress fracture in my hand?

Do I need a cast for a stress fracture in my hand?

Maybe: Some stress fractures require rigid support for optional healing. Others do not. Be sure to see a hand surgeon for a complete evaluation and recommendations. ...Read more

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I have a fracture in my right hand. Can I still play golf with my friends?

I have a fracture in my right hand. Can I still play golf with my friends?

When healed: I wouldn't recommend playing while you are in a cast as this may cause problems with the bone healing properly. Not to mention your game will be affect and not for the better. If you must go out with your friends to the golf course just volunteer to drive the cart. ...Read more

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I need some tips on how to tell if my hand is fractured?

I need some tips on how to tell if my hand is fractured?

Fracture hand: If you have swelling, pain, bruising or a noticeable deformity then you may have a fracture. The only way to confirm is with a xray. ...Read more

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I fell last night on my hand and it clicked and it has hurt since could I have fractured it?

Is it swollen?: Tender to the touch? Any change to range of motion? Bruised? This lists you as being 11 years old, if that is accurate then please have your parents review this entry (have to be 16 to use site independently). The only way to know with accuracy is with an x-ray & physical examination. ...Read more

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What should I do if my fractured hand healed wrong?

What should I do if my fractured hand healed wrong?

Depends: It sounds as if you had a hand fracture which did not heal in a perfect position. If it's simply a cosmetic issue, and your hand is completely functional, then really nothing needs to be done unless you are concerned about the appearance. However, if your function is affected, then you may have to consider surgery in which an osteotomy (cutting the bone) is done to re-align it - no guarantees tho. ...Read more

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How do you know if your hairline fractured your hand?

Xrays: The only way to know for sure is with an xray. I would recommend it if you still have pain after a couple days. Even if its a hairline fracture, you would need a splint or cast to allow the fracture to heal or it will take a lot longer to get better. ...Read more

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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 the signs and symptoms of a broken or fractured hand?

What are the signs and symptoms of a broken or fractured hand?

S&S fracture: Pain, swelling, instability, crepitus, rotation, shortening, scissoring of fingers, deformity, etc just to name a few. However, diagnostic imaging is essential. ...Read more

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In what way can you tell if you fractured a bone in your hand?

In what way can you tell if you fractured a bone in your hand?

Fractures: typically are associated with significant pain, swelling, bruising, loss of function, deformity and possibly instability of the involved limb or joint. IF you think you have a fracture seek help as immediately as possible and evaluation by Xray and an orthopedic specialist. ...Read more

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I think i broke/fractured my hand, what kind of doc should I see?

You need to see an -: Orthopedist to have it treated. The pcp or an er doc can also help with the diagnosis. ...Read more

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What to do if i think i broke, fractured, or dislocated a bone in my hand.?

See hand specialist: See a hand surgeon. You can start with your primary doctor or urgent care, but a hand specialist is probably your best choice. ...Read more

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What to do if I have fractured, broken or bruised hand?

Get med eval: It usually requires x-rays (plus medical hx ; physical exam) to correctly diagnose a fracture. An appropriate treatment plan will follow after evaluation. ...Read more

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How can you tell fracture in hand?

How can you tell fracture in hand?

Xray: No way to tell for sure it's fractured without an xray. See a doctor. ...Read more

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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