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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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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