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Fractured left pinky says distal phalanx how long do I have to wait to not be on a splint anymore its the top of the pinky & any long term consequence?

Fractured left pinky says distal phalanx how long do I have to wait to not be on a splint anymore its the top of the pinky & any long term consequence?

Would have to see: The xray to comment. Is it non displaced or non displaced? Is it comminuted or not? These are things one must know to answer your question... ...Read more

Dr. Cornelius O'leary 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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I have a undisplaced fracture of the distal phalanx of the right hand how long will it take to heal. My doctor has now referred me to fractureclinic?

I have a undisplaced fracture of the distal phalanx of the right hand how long will it take to heal. My doctor has now referred me to fractureclinic?

Non displaced distal: Phalnx fractures with no significnat soft tissue disruption typically heal in 6-8 weeks but acute intnese pain lessens sooner and mild sensitivity may persist for a few months, part time splint for protection of the distal segment suffices unless the fracture involves a tendon attachment. ...Read more

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I have fractured my pinky finger. There is 20deg displacement of the bone above the joint. Joint is in place no dislocation there? What treatment?

I have fractured my pinky finger. There is 20deg displacement of the bone above the joint. Joint is in place no dislocation there? What treatment?

Varies: It varies based in part on the stability of the fracture. Some fractures can be reduced and held well in a cast or splint or even just buddy taped to the other finger. Others are unstable and are not held in place with a splint and so often require a pun to hold reduction. I would discuss directly with your orthopedic surgeon. ...Read more

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Index finger sweeling problem several days ago, my right hand index finger swelled up in the area of distal phalanx. Swelling occurred in soft tissue above distal phalanx on the palm side, closer to joint between distal and middle phalanxes than to the tu

Index finger sweeling problem several days ago, my right hand index finger swelled up in the area of distal phalanx. Swelling occurred in soft tissue above distal phalanx on the palm side, closer to joint between distal and middle phalanxes than to the tu

I: I wonder if you had bleeding from a small blood vessel. If a small blood vessel tore, it would cause bleeding and discoloration. It sounds like there was no injury that you recall, which makes it very unusual to have the swelling or the tear in the blood vessel.

If you have this happen again or see bruising or discoloration, you should be seen and evaluated, or of course if you had any signs of infection in your hand. ...Read more

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What are some treatment options for great toe fracture at the base of the distal phalanx?

What are some treatment options for great toe fracture at the base of the distal phalanx?

Immobilizatioin: Toe strapping and rigid surgical shoe. On occasion if displaced, it may require surgical reduction. ...Read more

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Don't have insurance fractured my left distal phalanx non displaced supposed to go to a followup would I be ok just leaving it on the splint heal alone?

Don't have insurance fractured my left distal phalanx non displaced supposed to go to a followup would I be ok just leaving it on the splint heal alone?

Probably: Get that obamacare thing going and then after the high $ deductable you will have some health care of sorts

really though it will probably heal but protect it / you can get a splint at the drug store or surgical supply store
do not smoke and take vit d ~ 5000 iu/day and best of luck. ...Read more

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Fractured left distal phalanx 3 weeks after accident in splint still bruied swollen ok to move from time to time with splint off

Fractured left distal phalanx 3 weeks after accident in splint still bruied swollen ok to move from time to time with splint off

Ask the question of: Your treating surgeon, as he has seen the xray. We will not be able to advise anything without seeing the position of the fragments of the fx.
Do yourself a favor by checking with her/him.
Good luck. ...Read more

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Non displaced transverse fracture involving proximal diaphysis of the fifth proxmial phalanx what is non displaced transverse fracture involving proximal diaphysis of the fifth proxmial phalanx and what will happen woith treatment

There: There are three bones in the little ("pinky") toe (some folks only have two), and they are called phalanges (the pleural of "phalanx"). The one closest to the foot is the proximal phalanx, the one closest to the end of the toe is the distal phalanx, and the one in the middle is called.... Well, it's the middle phalanx.

The diaphysis of a long bone (these are all considered "long" bones even though they're not really all that long) is the middle section of the bone.

Transverse means sideways, and fracture means break.

So to translate med-speak to english (google should think of doing something like this), you have a sideways fracture in the bone closest to the foot in your pinky toe in the middle of the bone. Non-displaced means the pieces are lined-up nicely, and there is no need to "reduce" it (put the pieces back in alignment).

So this is really good news for you.... You don't need to have the thing put back in place, and the fracture is in the middle of the bone, so it doesn't cross or involve a joint, which means you're not gonna get arthritis in the toe later on (at least not from this fracture).

Bone takes 6-8 weeks to heal, and since the 5th toe has it's own motion during the gait cycle, you really can't tape a 5th toe to a 4th toe. And there is no need to put a cast on for a toe fracture.

So just keep your walking to a minimum for the next 2 months or so. Now's not the best time to do your christmas shopping... In case you have that planned for this weekend like I do... And you'll probably be more comfortable in a shoe with a stiff sole, because bending the toe with every step is going to cause that little piggy to go wee-wee-wee all the way home.

How'd I do? ...Read more

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My son has a chip fracture on his right little finger proximal phalanx. Do it take time to heal? What are the treatment methods?

My son has a chip fracture on his right little finger proximal phalanx. Do it take time to heal? What are the treatment methods?

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 splinting depends upon many factors. Best to follow up with a hand surgeon. A splint from the ER should not be final rx! ...Read more

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My son has a chip fracture on the right little finger proximal phalanx. How long do it take to heal and what are the treatment modalities?

My son has a chip fracture on the right little finger proximal phalanx. How long do it take to heal and what are the treatment modalities?

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 splinting depends upon many factors. Best to follow up with a hand surgeon. A splint from the ER may be fine at first but have issues (see more) ...Read more

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Hurt dipj/phalanx of index finger playing bball. 5 weeks & still swollen, pain. Dr thinks fracture & says let heal. Concerned with no pinch strength & intense pressure in joint when tip pressed. Help.

Hurt dipj/phalanx of index finger playing bball. 5 weeks & still swollen, pain. Dr thinks fracture & says let heal. Concerned with no pinch strength & intense pressure in joint when tip pressed. Help.

??: "he thinks fracture" would be better if he knew one way or another
? Did they do xrays
that being said it takes quite a while fro fractures to heal and even nonbroken fingers can hurt for a good long time smokers heal slower and so do people with low vitd levels
discuss all of theis with your treating doctor. ...Read more

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How would an oblique fractured lateral malleolus with extension into the tibiofibular joint minimally displaced be described and most likely treatment?

How would an oblique fractured lateral malleolus with extension into the tibiofibular joint minimally displaced be described and most likely treatment?

Have it evaluated.: There are conservative and surgical options depending on the type and severity of the injury. Have it evaluated and get the appropriate treatment. ...Read more

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Sudden onset pain MTP joint. Xray showed bipartite sesamoid, no fracture. MRI identified only reactive marrow oedema, what are my treatment options?

Sudden onset pain MTP joint. Xray showed bipartite sesamoid, no fracture. MRI identified only reactive marrow oedema, what are my treatment options?

This is a difficult: Thing to treat. You can try custom orthotics with a built in dancers pad. If you work out or excercise you will have to stop for an extended time period. The sesamoid bone is small and the blood supply very tenuous so you need to be very cautious. Other options include crutch walking for a couple or weeks or wearing a stiff sole shoe so you don't propulse at the mpj allowing rest of the joint. ...Read more

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How long can a fractured pinky finger knuckle/joint take to heal?

How long can a fractured pinky finger knuckle/joint take to heal?

About 6 wks: A fractured finger usually takes about 6 wks for the bone to heal. If the fracture involves the knuckle or joint, pain can persist because the joint has been injured. See an orthopedist for evaluation. ...Read more

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I have a boxer's fracture in my right hand. What are my treatment options?

I have a boxer's fracture in my right hand. What are my treatment options?

Boxers fracture: Treatment depends on the nature of the fracture and the stability. In instances of stable fractures, a minimum of a splint is generally recommended for at least 3 weeks and more commonly 6 weeks. For unstable fractures with shortening, rotation, mal-alignment, displacement, etc, reduction (alignment) and fixation (pins, wires, screws, plates, etc) with casting may be required. ...Read more

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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

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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 could have ocurred if the physiotherapy treatment for a fracture is over but now healed hand is delayed.?

What could have ocurred if the physiotherapy treatment for a fracture is over but now healed hand is delayed.?

Hand physio: If it's your dominant hand, you could be unhappy and faced with long term or progressive restricted hand and finger movement, strength, and coordination. ...Read more

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There's pain in lower joint of my thumb (the part connecting it to the hand. Could this be a fracture?

It could be.: If you had an injury to the thumb recently, it certainly can be a fracture. If there was no injury, then it may be arthritis of that joint. ...Read more

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Which kind of muscle/joint therapy for a grossly displace clavicle fracture?

Which kind of muscle/joint therapy for a grossly displace clavicle fracture?

It should be fixed -: With surgery using plate/screws to realign the grossly displaced fragments. Doing this, the muscles also realign ; heal better, resulting in a better function of the shoulder. This would be the quickest way to return to pre-injury level of function (or as near to it, as you possibly can).
Good luck. ...Read more

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What are the types of muscle/joint therapy for a grossly displace clavicle fracture?

What are the types of muscle/joint therapy for a grossly displace clavicle fracture?

Clavicle fracture: A grossly displaced clavicle requires medical care and no muscle or joint therapy. This requires physician care. ...Read more

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Please help! I have hand bone fracture in the joint?

Please help! I have hand bone fracture in the joint?

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. Joint fractures if displaced often need more than just splints or casts if the fragments are not lined up. Sometimes splinting by a hand therapist or use of a dynamic set up is needed to allow the joint to move. Surgery can be needed. ...Read more

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I fell down from bike and left hand is effected with whole body weight there is sweeling on my hand and pain in hand joint. No fracture in X-ray com.

I fell down from bike and left hand is effected with whole body weight there is sweeling on my hand and pain in hand joint. No fracture in X-ray com.

? Fracture/ligament: Pain in hand can be due to ligament injury or due to fracture of the scaphoid bone ;sometimes this does not show up on x-ray till 10-12 days later but as these fractures may not heal well, most hand surgeons will treat a patient as if they have the fracture by placing them in a cast from the start. If repeat x-rays confirm diagnosis then the cast is kept for 8 weeks. Ligament tears need splinting. ...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


Dr. Stratos Christianakis
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Joints (Definition)

Joints are parts of the body, formed by the cartilage-covered ends of bones plus the strong, flexible ligaments that attach the bones to one another. Movements at the joints in the body allow the different parts of the body to move in ...Read more