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Can you have a hairline fracture in your hand and still have movement?

Can you have a hairline fracture in your hand and still have movement?

Yes: A hairline fracture is usually very stable, so hand movement will be possible. Most hand fractures are treated with casting or splinting for several weeks, followed by a brief course of hand therapy. ...Read more

Dr. Milton Alvis, jr
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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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Hairline fracture on elbow? What can doctors do two weeks after been in a sling, still very sore no movement??? Help please!

Hairline fracture on elbow? What can doctors do two weeks after been in a sling, still very sore no movement??? Help please!

Radial head fracture: Is a commonly injured bone in the elbow that gets hairline or marginal (nondisplaced) fractures associated with elbow pain and swelling and are treated in a sling and then rapidly mobilized to avoid stiffness as long as there are no igmament injuries. Speak a treating physician about exercise, therapy and weaning from the sling as long as there is an OK, MOTION IMPORTANT despite soreness lingering ...Read more

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What are symptoms of a hairline fracture in your hand?

What are symptoms of a hairline fracture in your hand?

Pain, swelling...: ... Decreased painful range of motion, strength deficits, night pain, persistent symptoms more than three or four days. If you have point tenderness, this too is a suggestive sign that may require a visit to your primary care doc, sports doc or orthopedist. You may need an xray and/or immobilization, sometimes even surgery. It's best to diagnose fractures early, so you can best heal in alignment. ...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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I have a hairline fracture in the side of my hand. Will I need to get a cast or a surgery?

I have a hairline fracture in the side of my hand. Will I need to get a cast or a surgery?

A cast will be fine: If you have a "hairline, " or nondisplaced fracture in your hand, then in most circumstances a cast or brace will allow the fracture to heal properly. ...Read more

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I recently got injured in a fight in where I was jumped. Everything has healed fine except my hand how long will a hairline fracture take to heal if I?

6weeks: The fastest that a mild fracture takes to heal is about six weeks with proper immobilization and protection. ...Read more

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Can a hairline fracture in the hand get worse if left untreated?

Yes but: It really depends a lot on location

ie a scaphoid fracture that leads to avascular necrosis or nonunion is not good but a matacarpal fracture may just hurt until teated, then get better quickly. ...Read more

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While at work I noticed my right middle knuckle was sore especially with any pussure against my hand. Could this be a hairline fracture?

Depends: Did you hit it on something? Then yes. If not then an inflammatory issue is more likely. An xray would be helpful... ...Read more

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I got hairline fracture in 5th metacarpal bone in hand 15days back im using splint, how much time I would continue splint?

I got hairline fracture in 5th metacarpal bone in hand 15days back im using splint, how much time I would continue splint?

Follow dr.'s advice: 5th metacarpal fx. S are common. They can occur at the neck of the metacarpal ('boxers' fx.)or in the shaft. Commonly treated in splint (ulnar gutter) for 4-6 wks. Some take a full 8 weeks to heal. See your ors for folow-up and recccommendations! ...Read more

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How mighti know if I have a hairline fracture in my wrist?

How mighti know if I have a hairline fracture in my wrist?

Repeat Xray or MRI: Initial xray may not show, but should in about 2 wks or so. An MRI is a much better test for for small fracture. A bone scan can also show this. If you did not have trauma, fracture is not likely. Use of antiinflammatory med such as aleve/motrin for pain, and a wrist splint may help quite a bit. Rest, but should have some gentle range of motion to avoid stiffness. Consult doc. Good luck. ...Read more

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How do I know if I have a hairline fracture in my pinky toe bone?

X-ray: Xray is the best way to evaluate for a fracture. Dr l. ...Read more

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I have a hairline fracture in index finger. So why there is swelling in thumb?

I have a hairline fracture in index finger. So why there is swelling in thumb?

Fx index, swell D1?: No ides. Best to seek in person opinions and examinations. I know of no relationship in fx index to swelling in thumb, except is to tight a dressing or cast on distal hand. ...Read more

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If I have a hairline fracture in my thumb. How long will it take to recover?

3-6 weeks: A hairline fracture is a non- displaced injury of the bone and should heal completely within 3-6 weeks. The thumb will likely need to be immobilized in a splint. ...Read more

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I was told I have a hairline fracture in periosteum of pinky toe. What does that mean? I thought the periosteum was just a fibrous membrane?

You are right: You are right in saying that is not perfect terminology. The doctor may be implying that either you sustained a small occult fracture or that you injured the periosteum which can occur in a bone contusion. Either way, sound like a minor injury which should do well quickly. ...Read more

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Hairline fracture on the wrist stll not healed, how to treat it?

Hairline fracture on the wrist stll not healed, how to treat it?

Immobilize: Most hairline fractures heal within 4-6 weeks except for scaphoid fractures. If it has not healed then you need to see a specialist to see why you have not healed. ...Read more

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Will a a clicking sound in thumb due to ligaments go? (after hairline fracture in thumb)

Perhaps: E if the ligament was torn during the fracture it might take awhile for it to go away or you may always have it. Usually when the swelling goes down and it heals the clicking will usually decrease. Sometimes if the fracture causes increase bone formation the ligament clicks over the bone area and again sometimes it will resolve or might always have a click See your provider for some advice ...Read more

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Do I need surgery on hairline fracture? What effec on wrist if goes untreated?

Do I need surgery on hairline fracture? What effec on wrist if goes untreated?

NO: A hairline fracture rarely requires surgery but likely requires a cast. If untreated it may do ok. However, if it shifts out of position because it was not properly protected then that may have serious consequences. ...Read more

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Identifying a hairline fracture in the wrist in the flied I am an nremt and was curious as too make a positive diagnoses?

CT, MR or bone scan: Ct is reat for bone detalail & u can reformat into 2-d, also good to show healing. An mr will show edema and bleeding in the area of even a hairline fracrure, d not great for bone detail or 4 showing healing. Bone scan is very sensative for bone activity in the area of a suspected fx but is not specific $ fracture, only activity : infection, tumor etc

i would go ct-mr if important.$$$$$$
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Could a hairline fracture in the radius cause stiffness and make my thumb pop when moved?

One associated: Issue that arises occasionally with a fracture of the radius (and for some reason nondisplaced fractures) is irritation of the extensor tendon that elevates the thumb tip or the EPL tendon. Another cause of "popping" can be a separate issue in the thumb itself such as a trigger thumb with irritation from the injury or swelling due to it. These issues should be discussed and examined. ...Read more

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My pinky finger has been swelling for over 4 weeks now. Constant pain in the middle of my pinky. Could it be a hairline fracture?

My pinky finger has been swelling for over 4 weeks now. Constant pain in the middle of my pinky. Could it be a hairline fracture?

IT MAY BE H/O TRAUMA: It may be if there is history of trauma you can recallbut it can be due to other causes like infection, cellulitis, allergic reaction to insect bite, arthritis.Get it checked and only way you can know if it is hairline fracture is by doing an xray after exam. ...Read more

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If there was a hairline fracture in wrist. Would I get a cast a splint or nothing. It's on the side of my pinky?

If there was a hairline fracture in wrist. Would I get a cast a splint or nothing. It's on the side of my pinky?

Will get right one: First you need to see your MD get X-ray If nothing you get nothing, if there is a fracture depending what type it is, some times a small fragment is in the joint you may need even open reduction to prevent future arthritis of joint, let orthopedist decide, seek medical help, it is free in UK you are lucky. ...Read more

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Pinky side wrist, is it possible to feel a hairline fracture I'm my wrist but not show up on xray? Doc said to come back in 2 weeks for more xrays...

Pinky side wrist, is it possible to feel a hairline fracture I'm my wrist but not show up on xray? Doc said to come back in 2 weeks for more xrays...

U would feel pain--: --but may not show up on images. If I suspected a fracture I would splint it 2 protect it 4 the 2 wks. Part of the fracture healing is that the body absorbs bone @ the fracture site and then becomes visible on images. That's why the wait. ...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