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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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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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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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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.

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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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