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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. Donald Alves
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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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Managing Tennis Elbow (Checklist)

Remember to rest your elbow and arm
Daily
Take anti-inflammatories to address pain
Daily
Try physical therapy to help recovery
1 Hrs, Weekly for 14 days
Take breaks when using your elbow during activities
Daily
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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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Managing Tennis Elbow (Checklist)

Use a Tennis Elbow strap
Daily
Take NSAIDS (e.g. Aleve)
2x day
Perform stretching exercises
10 Min, 4x day for 3 Weeks
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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 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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Managing Tennis Elbow (Checklist)

Rest and avoid playing tennis until problem resolves
once
Take NSAID medication to reduce pain and swelling
Daily
Consider wearing a brace to alleviate the pain
Once
Do physical therapy to strengthen muscle of forearm
3x week
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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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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)

Hand swelling is also known as Swollen hands. 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

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