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I fractured my elbow. I have a cast, but now my hand is swelling. Is my hand fractured too?

I fractured my elbow. I have a cast, but now my hand is swelling. Is my hand fractured too?

Probably not: If there was no injury to the hand and it is not painful then it is probably not fractured. Swelling in the hand after an elbow injury especially in a cast is common. The swelling must be controlled with ice, elevation and most importantly keeping the fingers moving. If it becomes severe it can lead to permanent stiffness of the fingers. A good therapist can help controll the swelling. ...Read more

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Dr. Neigatha Graney
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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 fractured my elbow and now hand is swelling as well. Is this normal?

I fractured my elbow and now hand is swelling as well. Is this normal?

Depends : Sometimes swelling in am elbow injury can track down the arm and cause swelling in the hand. An incorrectly applied splint or cast for an elbow fracture can also cause hand swelling. Finally, the same injury in which you hurt your elbow, you may have hurt your hand as well. Make sure your doctor is aware. ...Read more

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What should I expect for a fractured elbow cast being removed after three weeks?

What should I expect for a fractured elbow cast being removed after three weeks?

Elbow fracture: You will likely be very stiff after cast is removed. Elbow range-of-motion exercises with a trained physical therapist is probably appropriate. Make sure you are compliant with your treating doctor's recommendations as he/she will customize your treatment based on the fracture pattern and healing. ...Read more

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Where can I get a cast for a fractured elbow?

See your doctor: This is a problem that necessitates a face-to-face meeting with your doctor. This will allow him/her to examine you, ask specific questions. And possibly order tests to find out what's wrong and what to do to help you. ...Read more

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I have a fractured elbow, in a splint. Is it okay to request a cast?

I have a fractured elbow, in a splint. Is it okay to request a cast?

Sure: A splint is usually a temporary form of immobilization and is a good thing to use during the acute phase of an injury. After swelling has peaked, a cast can be placed to further immobilize the fracture. Just remember that a cast can not be removed like a splint can and has to be kept clean and dry. ...Read more

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I bruised my elbow in bike accident.The X-ray shows no fracture, but the is swelling from the elbow to the wrist. I have fever too? Why fever & sweling

I bruised my elbow in bike accident.The X-ray shows no fracture, but the is swelling from the elbow to the wrist. I have fever too? Why fever & sweling

Get checked out: While you may have something as simple as a bad bruise you may have the beginning of cellulitis which can be a serious infection get an exam and possible blood test to evaluate your swelling and fever. ...Read more

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Wrist range, elbow range problem after 10 weeks in cast after surgery w/ internal fixation of plates w/ scews for raduis and ulnar fracture?

Wrist range, elbow range problem after 10 weeks in cast after surgery w/ internal fixation of plates w/ scews for raduis and ulnar fracture?

Stiffness is expectd: after 10 weeks in a cast for anything. Dedicated hand therapy from a CHT or certified hand therapist can be a very efficient way to address stiffness, strength and other associated issues. Speak to your surgeon about this. After internal fixation the time frame is several months , at least , before one may notice a more "normal" feeling. But it could take 1-2 years! ...Read more

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My 9 year-old has a wrist buckle fracture. The dr. Put her in a cast 5" past the elbow. Is that a bit much? Can we put her in a wrist splint?

My 9 year-old has a wrist buckle fracture. The dr. Put her in a cast  5" past  the elbow.  Is that a bit much? Can we put her in a wrist splint?

Buckle fracture: Yes. A buckle fracture is a very stable fracture and can be treated either way - a splint or cast. It comes down to 2 issues. Personal preference and if you can trust the child to keep it on at all times but washing. The only downside to splinting is it may take a little more time to completely heal but that is a small trade off compared to no washing with a cast and possible cast complicatons. ...Read more

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I fractured my wrist 6 weeks ago (fracture right distal radius). I had a below-the-elbow cast which came off yesterday. I am wearing a splint Would you advice to play soccer on Saturday? What can I wear to protect my wrist further?

Ask your orthopedist: In a young healthy person, at 6 weeks, a fracture is usually healed. However, I do not know the details or severity of your injury. It is easily possible to fall playing soccer and reinjure it, which would be horrible. You need to follow the advice of the person who knows the details of your injury - your orthopedic doctor. ...Read more

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How can I get rid of swelling in my hand due to a broken elbow and broken ulna? The swelling is pretty bad.

How can I get rid of swelling in my hand due to a broken elbow and broken ulna? The swelling is pretty bad.

Elevate/evaluation: If the swelling is painful, or if your hand is cold, pale, or numb, you need to be evaluated promptly. If your arm is in a cast, it's possible the cast was placed too tightly and is cutting off venous blood flow. If there is no pain, pallor, or numbness, then keeping your hand elevated above the level of your heart will help reduce the swelling. ...Read more

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When I wake up, I have a body part swollen: hand, wrist, and bum chick, elbow. It looks as if I got stung but the swelling feels like an allergy.

When I wake up, I have a body part swollen: hand, wrist, and bum chick, elbow. It looks as if I got stung but the swelling feels like an allergy.

Consult doctor: The description of swelling of hands ,wrist,and bump chick could be due to allergy . as you do not have any other symptoms as breathing problem ,kidney problem .But it is better you consult your doctor and get examined ,so you can get the right treatment at the earliest . ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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I have a fractured hand, and it's very swollen. Will I have to wait swelling to subside before I get a cast?

I have a fractured hand, and it's very swollen. Will I have to wait swelling to subside before I get a cast?

Splint first: With marked swelling you will probably be given a splint to use until the swelling subsides, at which time you will be changed to a cast--but a lot depend on the location of the fracture and whether you need an operation. ...Read more

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Is it normal for the wrist to be swollen one month after removing a cast (after a fracture)? How long before the swelling and pain subside?

Is it normal for the wrist to be swollen one month after removing a cast (after a fracture)? How long before the swelling and pain subside?

Gradually subside: If you have been immobilized in a cast for awhile for a fracture, you will potentially need some therapy to return to normal. You may need to get treatment to regain your normal motion, strength, and yes to decrease some of the residual swelling. Typically 4-6 weeks would be an estimate, but heat, humidity, activity and other medical problems would be factors. ...Read more

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Aching and tingling in right shoulder, down arm into hand, wrist and hand swelling female age 47

Aching and tingling in right shoulder, down arm into hand, wrist and hand swelling female age 47

Numbness : Numbness and tingling of the extremities are typically seen in peripheral neuropathies. Swelling is a typical symptoms of inflammation. Any history of trauma or rheumatic disease? For a better orientation you need to provide more details! i think the best option at this point is to go talk to your pcp or your family physician. ...Read more

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Squeezed nerve in shoulder which inflamed in arm/hand or carpel tunnel. How do you know the difference? X-Ray no swelling,no fracture.Pain not leaving

Squeezed nerve in shoulder which inflamed in arm/hand or carpel tunnel. How do you know the difference? X-Ray no swelling,no fracture.Pain not leaving

Needs examination : If I understand it right, you would like to know the difference between pain radiating from spine in the neck towards the arm and localized pain in the hand from carpal tunnel syndrome. A thorough evaluation is the first step followed by imaging of the spine and/ or provocation test at the wrist level. ...Read more

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Is a splint better then a cast for a 5th Metacalful boxers fracture my hole hand 4 fingers and arm in half cast and want to use index and middle finga?

Varies: If you have a distal 5th metacarpal fracture, then some variant of a "clam digger" splint or cast is applied. This involves immobilizing the 4th and 5th finger, and flexing them down an bout 70-99 degrees. There is no benefit or need to immobilize the thumb, index, or middle finger. ...Read more

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I think i fractured my elbow. How long should it take swelling on my forearm to go down?

I think i fractured my elbow. How long should it take swelling on my forearm to go down?

Technically 1 year: One if you have a fracture you need to get an xray. 85% of swelling will be better by 8 weeks. The 15% occurs over the year and after a facture that elbow may be slightly more swollen permanently. ...Read more

Dr. David Schleimer
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Swelling (Definition)

Swelling is the enlargement of organs, skin, or other body parts. It is caused by a buildup of fluid in the tissues. The extra fluid can lead to a rapid increase in weight over a short period of time (days to weeks). Swelling can occur all over the body (generalized) or only in one part ...Read more


Hand Swelling (Definition)

What you injured depends on where you stabbed your finger. Regardless, you should apply pressure to the finger to stop the bleeding, but avoid strangulating the finger. Best to seek immediate medical attention to determine ...Read more