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Is it possible for a hairline fracture in 5th metacarpal to not show up in two xrays? One xray 2days after, second 10days after injury.

Is it possible for a hairline fracture in 5th metacarpal to not show up in two xrays? One xray 2days after, second 10days after injury.

Yes: Broken bones go thru many stages. A fracture that is "hairline" (non-displaced and not evident on plain X-rays (usually because of technique or angulation) will be come more evident as it heals. The body starts resorbing the bone along the fracture line to make way for the new bone making a hairline fracture more evident followed by fracture callus increased calcification at 2-4 weeks ...Read more

Dr. Suzanne Galli
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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 got hairline fracture in 5th metacarpal bone in hand 15days back im using splint, how much time I would continue splint?

I got hairline fracture in 5th metacarpal bone in hand 15days back im using splint, how much time I would continue splint?

Follow dr.'s advice: 5th metacarpal fx. S are common. They can occur at the neck of the metacarpal ('boxers' fx.)or in the shaft. Commonly treated in splint (ulnar gutter) for 4-6 wks. Some take a full 8 weeks to heal. See your ors for folow-up and recccommendations! ...Read more

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I got a hairline fracture in my 2nd metacarpal 2 days ago, but I have badminton tournament 10 days. What can I do?

I got a hairline fracture in my 2nd metacarpal 2 days ago, but I have badminton tournament 10 days. What can I do?

Don't play: Unless you want to risk fracture displacement and possible longterm deformity, I would advise you not to play. Although a cast could be applied I don't think that you would be able to play and splints would not apply sufficient immobilization. ...Read more

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Do u need surgery if one of your metacarpals doesn't heal from a hairline fracture or sprain after 1 1/2 months if it still is not getting better?

Do u need surgery if one of your metacarpals doesn't heal from a hairline fracture or sprain after 1 1/2 months if it still is not getting better?

Surgery not likely: Pain due to trauma may be due to fracture, sprains, arthritis, muscle, nerve or tendon injuries. Have it valuated so that you may get her the appropriate care. ...Read more

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What are some signs and symptoms of a metacrapal hairline fracture or just regular fracture?

What are some signs and symptoms of a metacrapal hairline fracture or just regular fracture?

Pain: An unstable fracture will have deformity but a stress fracture could displace if ignored. Generally they have focal pain over the bone. X-rays are the way to know forvsure. ...Read more

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What is a hairline fracture?

What is a hairline fracture?

Capillary fracture: A minor fracture that appears on x-ray film as a thin line between two segments of a bone. The segments remain in alignment and the fracture may not extend completely through the bone. ...Read more

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How to care for a hairline fracture?

How to care for a hairline fracture?

Depends on age: Infants need a couple weeks of protection 4 none wt bearing boxes. The wt bearing need a cast or brace 4 protection. The older kids become the more protection the4need & 4 a little longer. ...Read more

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What does a hairline fracture feel like?

What does a hairline fracture feel like?

Pain, with: Certain specific motions, minimal swelling, xrays that may only show the fracture in certain views are characteristic of hairline fracture (line on x-ray is the width of a hair). ...Read more

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If you had a hairline fracture, how severe would be the pain?

If you had a hairline fracture, how severe would be the pain?

Varies: Depending onperson's threshold for pain as well as exposure to pressure/stress on area such as weightbearing or motion affecting area. ...Read more

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What is the cure for a hairline fracture?

What is the cure for a hairline fracture?

Stress relief: Relieve the srtess on the bone and give it time to heal. For most hairline/stress fractures 3 weeks does it. ...Read more

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What medication for hairline fracture in rib?

What medication for hairline fracture in rib?

NSAID: A non steroidal anti-inflammatory medication can help with pain. An over the counter med should work fine. ...Read more

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How can I heal a tibia injury (hairline fracture)?

How can I heal a tibia injury (hairline fracture)?

U can't make it heal: The body is programed 2 due this all by itself. If healthy, proper diet NO SMOKING! !! & adequate calcium intake U will heal. Fractures of the junction of the middle & distal tibia have lower blood supply, so follow the advice of Ur ortho 2 a T. Don't push it. Fractures with a larger surface area involved heal better than a hairline Fx, , which has a very small surface area & heal slowly. ...Read more

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How do you care for an 11 month old with a hairline fracture?

How do you care for an 11 month old with a hairline fracture?

Depending on the bon: Distal radius needs little care, a soft splint 4 a few weeks will suffice. Wt bearing bones need 2 keep kids from standing on them and may need a soft cast 2 keep them from standing on them, this means u have to include the knee 4 a tibial fracture they heal very fast so immobilizing is a short time. ...Read more

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Quickest methods to heal a lateral malleolus hairline fracture? (Medicine, activities, etc.)

Time: Unfortunately, the healing process will go at its own pace, and time/rest is the best treatment. Make sure however that you have seen an orthopedic surgeon specializing on foot and ankle problems for a complete evaluation to be sire. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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What is a hairline fracture? Does it need an operation? Can a person recover fully from it?

What is a hairline fracture? Does it need an operation? Can a person recover fully from it?

Hairline fractures: Hairline fractures are incomplete, small cracks in a bone and rarely require surgery. They are more prone to injury and worsening while they are healing, so any increase in pain or symptoms should prompt a re-evaluation. ...Read more

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How to tell the difference between a complete fracture, hairline fracture, green stick fracture?

How to tell the difference between a complete fracture, hairline fracture, green stick fracture?

See picture here: There are quite a few types of fractures. Complete/compound fractures are worse. Hairline means tiny crack and bone not displaced and thus less complication. Greenstick fractures often occur in young children who tend to heal much quicker/better with proper care. Have fun learning. Knowledge is power. Knowledge is wisdom. Knowledge is priceless. Good luck. ...Read more

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Suffering from hairline fracture from last 4 month not getting relife after casting need advice?

Hairline fracture: For a hairline fracture that has not healed after 4 months, a couple of options include: 1. External bone stimulation, either electrical or ultrasound, or 2. Surgery. ...Read more

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So I am a nremt and I am wandering some further diagnosis on identifying a hairline fracture in the field?

C detailed answer: Ct-mr-bone scan...

C detailed answer posted. @ identify in the field, push on it if sore rx as fx. ...Read more

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Hairline fracture knee?

Hairline fracture knee?

Need to know locaton: Its important to know exactly where the
fracture is located.
If it is truly nondisplaced in your patella
or proximal tibia you may need a knee
immobiizer or just limited activity for about
six weeks
its hard to be more specific without seeing
an xray. ...Read more

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Hairline fracture to wrist feels like?

Fracture: Hairline fracture implies a mild break in the bone without displacement or angulation. While this still hurts the pain is generally not as bad as if there is a more serious injury such as a displaced or crooked fracture. Regardless the pain is generally localized with regional focal tenderness. There's often some degree of pain with range of motion of the wrist as well. ...Read more

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What are the signs of a hairline fracture?

Pain, pain with: Certain specific motions, minimal swelling, xrays that may only show the fracture in certain views are characteristic of hairline fracture (line on x-ray is the width of a hair). ...Read more

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Willvitamins help heal a hairline fracture?

Willvitamins help heal a hairline fracture?

Yes: Vit c, vit d, and calcium are important for bone healing and remodeling. Take a good multivitamin such as those from new chapter, and also citracal + d. ...Read more

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In how many days does hairline fracture heal?

Hairline fracture: The quick answer is 8 weeks. However, it depends on several factors, the most important being what bone is fractured and how long it has been fractured before it was detected. ...Read more

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How long can a hairline fracture take to heal?

It depend what bone: Large bones like femur it take 8-16 weeks, and location of the fracture shaft or end of the bone, the shsft of the bone take longer than the end of the bone. Some bone like navicular bone also take longer time to heal. ...Read more

Dr. Jeffrey Wint
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Broken Bone (Definition)

Is it broken or fractured is a question I am often asked. The answer is basically that a broken or fractured bone is the same thing. A fracture means a break in the cortex or the strong layer of outer bone cells. In an adult the average time for that to heal varies greatly but is often considered to ...Read more