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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

Dr. Jeffrey Stevens
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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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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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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?

I can be: After a wrist fracture it is normal to have pain and swelling for many months sometimes as long a 6 months to a year. Therapy can help reduce the swelling and improve your motion. See your doctor to make sure nothing else is going on and that this is normal soreness after a fracture. ...Read more

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Do symptoms of a fractured hand involve swelling?

Do symptoms of a fractured hand involve swelling?

Yes: Hand fractures are associated with pain, bruising, swelling and if displaced may exhibit rotation or other finger deformities. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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Why do I wake up every day with my hand swollen. I had surgery due to car accident broken bone and damaged nerves in that hand.

Why do I wake up every day with my hand swollen. I had surgery due to car accident broken bone and damaged nerves in that hand.

Venous issue?: May have also injured veins in hand and arm which may cause tendency to swell. Try sleeping with hand elevated on pillow and the more regularly you exercise hand and arm the tendecy should gradually go away. If elevation does not reduce swells ng may need evaluation for clot in veins ...Read more

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Punched a person & car window about two weeks ago. X-rays show no fracture. There's a lump on the backside of my hand. Painful to move hand& swollen.

Pretty Handy.: More than likely, your hand has suffered some soft tissue damage. If the x-rays were taken immediately after the altercation, a stress fracture may has been unable to detect at that time. This could contribute to the swelling you are having now. It may be to late for the therapeutic effects of RICE now. (Rest, ice, elevation and compression.) You can try moist heat. See a doctor if no improvement. ...Read more

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Why do muscles swell after a minor or a major hand fracture?

Why do muscles swell after a minor or a major hand fracture?

Bleeding: Bone actually bleed when injured! So bleeding will cause swelling. Also, injured parts leak water. That's called "edema". ...Read more

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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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What are some probable causes of swollen ankles and slight hand swelling with a tingling sensation?

What are some probable causes of swollen ankles and slight hand swelling with a tingling sensation?

Circulation?: If your blood circulation is compromised that would cause swelling in the extremities (feet more so due to gravity). Allergic reaction of some sort? Continuation of symptoms warrants a check-up with your md. Good luck! ...Read more

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Hand swollen/painful 4 wks in between thumb and finger. No injury. Swelling and pain are spreading and increasing. What could it be?

Hand swollen/painful 4 wks in between thumb and finger. No injury. Swelling and pain are spreading and increasing. What could it be?

Swelling causality: The symptoms you describe in the face of no known injury best describe an infectious or autoimmune process. With the acceleration you describe, you should see your doctor as soon as possible as a firm diagnosis and start of treatment as quickly as possible is very important. ...Read more

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Broken wrist, wrist swelling gone, hand swollen, what should I do?

Broken wrist, wrist swelling gone, hand swollen, what should I do?

Have you been seen: Without seeing your xray hard to say but you should probably get seen by an orthopaedic surgeon. Treatment will depend on how bad of a break: whether there is substantial displacement and thus need for a reduction (realignment of the broken bones) either closed or possibly surgery. ...Read more

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Slight right hand swelling, is this normal or something to be concerned about? No injury, no pain, no discomfort, only in hand, just slightly swollen.

Slight right hand swelling, is this normal or something to be concerned about? No injury, no pain, no discomfort, only in hand, just slightly swollen.

Swollen right hand: It may not be anything, but it's not clear since you did not mention how long this has going on. Vascular or lymphatic issues or something else might cause the swelling. Get it evaluated. ...Read more

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I am six weeks with cast for my wrist fracture just the past few days my fingers are swollen should I be concerned?

I am six weeks with cast for my wrist fracture just the past few days my fingers are swollen should I be concerned?

Your cast may be: Too tight and therefore constricting blood flow in and out of your hand. I would call your orthopedic or emergency room doctor and have them revise the cast ASAP. You do not want to wait until the hand has gone numb, purple, or lose circulation. At least they should take a look at it. Thanks for trusting in HealthTap. ...Read more

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I got a distal radial fracture ~6 weeks ago. Dr took my cast off last week. Is it normal for thumb to still hurt & wrist to still be visibly swollen?

I got a distal radial fracture ~6 weeks ago. Dr took my cast off last week. Is it normal for thumb to still hurt & wrist to still be visibly swollen?

Wrist fracture: Yes this is totally normal and will go away with time once the swelling goes away completely and your Range of Motion improves. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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Will a fractured hand ever be the same again?

Will a fractured hand ever be the same again?

Yes: A fractured hand that is set properly and monitored closely should heal well after 6 weeks. More severe fractures may cause some limitations in strength and motion, depending on how they are treated and where exactly the fracture is located. ...Read more

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How can I get pain relief for a fractured hand?

How can I get pain relief for a fractured hand?

Treatment involves: Detailed diagnosis, splinting, casting or surgery to fix or hold the fracture. This is the best way to control pain, trat it appropriately. Within that ice, elevation, motion when permitted and nsaids or pain meds if needed. ...Read more

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Is it a good idea to get help for a fractured hand?

Is it a good idea to get help for a fractured hand?

Yes: If your hand is fractured or even if you just think your hand might be fractured, I would suggest seeing an orthopaedic surgeon for an exam and x-rays to make sure that your hand injury is treated appropriately. ...Read more

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How does alcohol affect healing of a fractured hand?

How does alcohol affect healing of a fractured hand?

Alcohol weakens bone: Alcohol weakens bones and interferes with fracture healing. Chronic or excessive use has this effect as seen in : how binge drinking impairs healing of broken bones http://besoci. Al/pdogcg

sent from bone feed (http://besoci. Al/gqtckx). ...Read more

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What can cause a hand fracture?

Almost anything...: The hands are very often injured because they are our connection to the outside world. Symptoms and signs of hand fractures include pain, deformity, point tenderness, swelling. They can be caused by direct blows to the hand, twisting injuries, and crush injuries. ...Read more

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What are signs of a hand fracture?

What are signs of a hand fracture?

Pain: There are several signs. The most obvious one is a deformity. Without a deformity, then in the setting of recent trauma you would be looking for moderate to severe pain and swelling. There is usually a limited range of motion of the affected area. Sometimes you can feel a clicking or stepoff at the area of the fracture. Some fractures can cause a rotational deformity of the finger ...Read more

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How long before a hand fracture heals?

How long before a hand fracture heals?

Rather quickly...: Compared to other bones. Hand fractures are often healed in 3-4 weeks. At that point they will often not appear to be healed on xrays but these lag behind the actual healing. Because stiffness in the hand is much more common than poor fracture healing, immobilization of hand fractures needs to be for as short a time as possible. ...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