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Dr. Brian Chimenti Dr. Chimenti
Sports Medicine
23 years in practice
Baylor College of Medicine
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How long does it take for a broken hand to heal in cast?

How long does it take for a broken hand to heal in cast?

Fracture: Varies depending on severity of fracture, displacement, age of patient, smoking status, etc. In general, most fractures that are minimally displaced will heal in 6-8 wks. Most displaced fractures can take longer and may not heal at all. Surgery may be needed to approximate the ends of the bone if widely separated.

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Dr. Otto Placik Dr. Placik
Surgery - Plastics
30 years in practice
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
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What can you use to stabilize your broken hand when you take your cast off?

What can you use to stabilize your broken hand when you take your cast off?

A splint: Typically a thermoplastic splint which can be intermittently removed will be fashioned with gentle range of motion exercise instituted under supervision.

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Dr. Steven Brown Dr. Brown
Surgery - Hand Surgery
35 years in practice
University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
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If I have a broken hand, am I allowed to take off the cast, or would it be much too painful?

If I have a broken hand, am I allowed to take off the cast, or would it be much too painful?

Do not remove: The cast is stabilizing the fracture to prevent it from shifting and to allow it to heal in an anatomic position. Do not remove the cast as fracture may not teal or heal in an abnormal pattern. Pain is not the issue.

Dr. Annette Occhialini Dr. Occhialini
Surgery - Plastics
32 years in practice
University of Texas Medical School at San Antonio
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What happens if I don't keep the cast on my broken hand?

What happens if I don't keep the cast on my broken hand?

Not a good idea!: Taking off the cast before the bone heals can lead to non-union (fracture doesn't heal) or mal-union (heals in the wrong position). Either of these can lead to permanent arm disfunction.

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Dr. Gary Pess Dr. Pess
Surgery - Hand Surgery
36 years in practice
State University of New York Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine
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Does a broken hand hurt once cast is removed?

Does a broken hand hurt once cast is removed?

Yes: It usually does. Be careful with it, it takes more time out of the cast to fully heal.

Dr. Jeffrey Wint Dr. Wint
Surgery - Hand Surgery
31 years in practice
Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons
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How much does a broken hand cast weigh?

How much does a broken hand cast weigh?

Suprisingly a cast: Is often lighter than you think, less than a pound often. But it is inconvenient at times, weight that you may not be sued to holding all the time and often the part that the cast is on is not being utilized normally. Gentle elevation while sleeping woth apilow on the chest often hels swelling which can also make th hand feel "heavy" slings are ok but be careful that a sling is not overused.

Dr. Steven Brown Dr. Brown
Surgery - Hand Surgery
35 years in practice
University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
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I have a broken hand, cast is driving me mad, what to do?

I have a broken hand, cast is driving me mad, what to do?

Leave on: Cast is necessary to maintain position of fracture to allow it to heal properly do not remove the cast. Do not stick anything down inside the cast can cause infection, do not spray anything into the cast.

Dr. George Klauber Dr. Klauber
Pediatrics - Urology
years in practice
University of London, Royal Free Hospital School of Medicine
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Dr. Stuart Hilliard Dr. Hilliard
Surgery - Hand Surgery
16 years in practice
Texas Tech University School of Medicine
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I have had a broken hand taken out of a cast and put in a splint how long till I can do heavy lifting again?

It depends: This is highly dependent on the type of fracture you had, location of the fracture and how long it had been in a cast. Most fractures are healed in 6-8 weeks, but the final decision should be made by the person most familiar with your particular situation.

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Dr. Nick Meyer Dr. Meyer
Orthopedic Surgery
20 years in practice
University of Minnesota Medical School
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Supposing you already had a broken hand in a cast & you fell very hard on that hand, could you get a broken wrist too?

Supposing you already had a broken hand in a cast & you fell very hard on that hand, could you get a broken wrist too?

Unlikely to break: It would be highly unlikely (and very unlucky) to break a wrist that is already in a cast. It could happen, but it would be highly unusual.

Dr. Jeffrey Wint Dr. Wint
Surgery - Hand Surgery
31 years in practice
Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons
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Broken hand at 16, now 23, 2 pins and a cast used, removed pins and cast when "healing" was finished. Bones shift on a daily basis, advice plz?

Broken hand at 16, now 23, 2 pins and a cast used, removed pins and cast when "healing" was finished. Bones shift on a daily basis, advice plz?

Perhaps you are: Referring to a joint that is subluxing and slding in and out of place. A commin scenario could involve the cmc joints where the metacarpals meet the wrist but it is very hard to honein on a problem with nonspecific inforamtion. Perhaps an evaluation by a hand surgeon for a problem such as this is indicated as surgery and injury is part of the past history.

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Dr. Afraz Adam Dr. Adam
Urgent Care
27 years in practice
University of Sydney Faculty of Medicine
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Do you get a cast for hand fracture?

Do you get a cast for hand fracture?

Depends: Depending on the severity and location of the fracture, you would be placed either in a cast or a splint. If the fracture involves multiple fragments of bone or extends into a joint or the fragments have separated significantly, you need surgery to fix the bones with screws and plates.

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Dr. David Tuckman Dr. Tuckman
Surgery - Hand Surgery
19 years in practice
Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University
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How long should I expect swelling after removing cast off hand (fracture, cast lasted 4 weeks)?

How long should I expect swelling after removing cast off hand (fracture, cast lasted 4 weeks)?

Long Time: It is normal for you to have sorness, swelling and stiffness in your hand for many months. Occupational therapy can help get this worked out faster.

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Dr. John Goldman Dr. Goldman
Internal Medicine - Rheumatology
51 years in practice
University of Cincinnati College of Medicine
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If I have an acute fracture in my index finger and a broken hand will I have a cast or splint?

If I have an acute fracture in my index finger and a broken hand will I have a cast or splint?

Depends what broken: It depends on what is broken., but you may need a cast from your description. It depends where the break is and what type of break you have

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Dr. Patrick Connerly Dr. Connerly
Family Medicine
45 years in practice
Indiana University School of Medicine
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Will I need a cast if my 5th middle phalanx of the right hand is chipped?

Will I need a cast if my 5th middle phalanx of the right hand is chipped?

Depends: It depends on the size, placement and displacement of the chip--many times a splint will do--but which one still goes back to those 3 factors

Dr. Raymond Raven Dr. Raven
Surgery - Hand Surgery
20 years in practice
UC San Francisco School of Medicine
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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.

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Dr. Daniel Mass Dr. Mass
Surgery - Hand Surgery
42 years in practice
University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine
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Could a chipped bone in your wrist need a cast?

Could a chipped bone in your wrist need a cast?

Yes: A chipped bone in your wrist can be the sign of a serious wrist injury. This can come grime pulling an important ligament off. This needs to heal.

Dr. LUIS IRIZARRY Dr. IRIZARRY
Family Medicine
24 years in practice
The Ohio State University College of Medicine
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Can you splint your own wrist or do I need a cast?

Can you splint your own wrist or do I need a cast?

Depends: If you know is not broken then you can use ace band, a wrist splint/brace. Cast if for fractures. Should not use cast if you don't have a fracture. Get professional attention if you are having pain, or significant swelling.

Dr. Paul Baez Dr. Baez
Radiology
17 years in practice
New York Medical College
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Do I need a cast for a fractured wrist if so what kind?

Do I need a cast for a fractured wrist if so what kind?

Depends: The type of cast depends on which bone or bones are fractures. An x-ray will best evaluate the fracture and your doctor will determine what type of cast is needed.

Dr. Jeffrey Wint Dr. Wint
Surgery - Hand Surgery
31 years in practice
Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons
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What to do if I have a broken wrist it is swollen when will I know if I need a cast?

What to do if I have a broken wrist it is swollen when will I know if I need a cast?

Fractured wrist: Can be a hairline injury that nay only need a splint to a more complex injury. How do you know. Well short if completing a residency in orthopedic surgery or a fellowship in hand or a related field. ... You won't. ... But swelling is a sign if an injury the presence or absence of it does not affect typical decisions to cast or not unless u are talking about delaying a cast for it.

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