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Doctor insights on: Hairline Fracture Wrist Symptoms

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How do I know that I have a hairline fracture on my wrist?

How do I know that I have a hairline fracture on my wrist?

Fracture: A hairline fracture is a descriptive word for a very faint line seen on an x-ray associated with a fracture. So if pain and swelling is persistent after trauma an x-ray can reveal a hairline fracture. It may not be present in all the views thus is why often 2 or 3 views are taken as the x-ray beam must line up and often the fracture is hidden, think if a tea cup or glass with an unnoticed crack. ...Read more

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Dr. Sewa Legha
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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 mighti know if I have a hairline fracture in my wrist?

How mighti know if I have a hairline fracture in my wrist?

Repeat Xray or MRI: Initial xray may not show, but should in about 2 wks or so. An MRI is a much better test for for small fracture. A bone scan can also show this. If you did not have trauma, fracture is not likely. Use of antiinflammatory med such as aleve/motrin for pain, and a wrist splint may help quite a bit. Rest, but should have some gentle range of motion to avoid stiffness. Consult doc. Good luck. ...Read more

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How long does a hairline fracture to the wrist take to heal?

How long does a hairline fracture to the wrist take to heal?

Depends: Bones take atleast 6 weeks to heal and the joint a few weeks to regain its flexibility and function. ...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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Hairline fracture on the wrist stll not healed, how to treat it?

Immobilize: Most hairline fractures heal within 4-6 weeks except for scaphoid fractures. If it has not healed then you need to see a specialist to see why you have not healed. ...Read more

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Do I need surgery on hairline fracture? What effec on wrist if goes untreated?

Do I need surgery on hairline fracture? What effec on wrist if goes untreated?

NO: A hairline fracture rarely requires surgery but likely requires a cast. If untreated it may do ok. However, if it shifts out of position because it was not properly protected then that may have serious consequences. ...Read more

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I got an hairline fracture on my right wrist. Will I have decreased function when it heals?

I got an hairline fracture on my right wrist. Will I have decreased function when it heals?

Probably not: A nondisplaced wrist fracture that is appropriately treated will, in most cases, not cause any permanent functional impairment. ...Read more

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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