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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

Dr. Walter Husar
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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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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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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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If I have an acute fracture in my index finger and a broken hand will I have a cast or splint?

If I have an acute fracture in my index finger and a broken hand will I have a cast or splint?

Depends what broken: It depends on what is broken., but you may need a cast from your description. It depends where the break is and what type of break you have ...Read more

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How to tell if I have a hand fracture?

How to tell if I have a hand fracture?

Multiple signs: - Swelling
- Deformity of the wrist/ hand
- Significant pain
- Inability to move your wrist
- Unable to move your fingers
- Tingling in the fingers and hand when moving wrist
- Change in color of the hand ...Read more

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What are the signs of a wrist/hand fracture?

What are the signs of a wrist/hand fracture?

Multiple signs: - Swelling
- Deformity of the wrist/ hand
- Significant pain
- Inability to move your wrist
- Unable to move your fingers
- Tingling in the fingers and hand when moving wrist
- Change in color of the hand ...Read more

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Can a hand fracture make your hand go numb?

Can a hand fracture make your hand go numb?

Possibly: It depends on which bones fractured, and how they broke. Sometimes nerves can be injured also. If you have injured yourself, please see a doctor asap. ...Read more

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What is more pain: a hand fracture or a dislocation?

What is more pain: a hand fracture or a dislocation?

Varies: Both can be quite painful depending on the patients pain threshold, type of dislocation and severity of fracture. Prompt treatment is required and preferred to restore normal alignment and protective spilinting to a fracture or dislocation. ...Read more

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What is the healing time for hairline hand fracture?

What is the healing time for hairline hand fracture?

6 weeks: Most fractures heal in 6 weeks. Diabetics and smokers tend to heal more slowly. It also depends on which bone is fractured. A phalanx or metacarpal fracture should heal in 6 weeks or so, but a scaphoid fracture of the wrist usually takes more on the order of 8-10 weeks to heal. ...Read more

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How long it will take to remove hand fracture splint ?

4-6 weeks: The length of immobilization depends on several factors, including the type of fracture, as well how quickly the fracture is healing. On average, fractures heal in six weeks, and hand fractures usually require 4-6 weeks of immobilization. ...Read more

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What is some home physiotherapy after a hand fracture?

What is some home physiotherapy after a hand fracture?

Several: After your doctor has removed the cast or approved it, you can start your own home physiotherapy by reducing swelling/stiffness. Common methods involve increasing motion often easiest in a hot bath. Use massage with the other hand to push swelling out of the hand (up the arm direction) and actively and passively move the joints of the hand as tolerated. Elevation and compression can help also. ...Read more

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Will I have to do home physiotherapy after a hand fracture?

Possibly: Depending on how bad the fracture is and where it is at. You may have to do physical or some occupational therapy, again depending on the severity. ...Read more

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Is it possible for a hand fracture to be missed on an x-ray?

Is it possible for a hand fracture to be missed on an x-ray?

Sure is: Fractures in the hand can be subtle. Generally 3 views of the hand are needed to accurately assess the presence or absence of a fracture. Some fractures that are not displaced might only become apparent on xray after 7-10 days. Features of hand fractures include swelling, deformity, and point tenderness. If a question exists, see a hand surgeon. ...Read more

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Is it normal for a large lump to form after a hand fracture?

Is it normal for a large lump to form after a hand fracture?

A Callus: Yes.Healing bones form a callus or "lump" at the fracture site, which usually mo;ds back to normal form over time. ...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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How long does a hand fracture take to heal after intitial treatment?

How long does a hand fracture take to heal after intitial treatment?

Depends: Depends on many factors how bad is the fracture and how good is the vitamin d level and of course all smokers heal slower
all fractures take about 2 years to go on to full healing and remodeling but most should be pretty darn solid by 10-12 weeks
with hands stiffness is a major issue post injury so early gentle range of motion is important. ...Read more

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How likely is it to miss a hand fracture on an x-ray? Should you wait and get another x-ray?

It depends: It depends on the type of injury and type of fracture. If the pain persists, especially on the area you touch ( point tenderness) repeat x ray in 7 to 10 days or MRI is recommended. ...Read more

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What can cause a hand fracture?

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 is a hand fracture typically treated?

How is a hand fracture typically treated?

Immobilization: Any fracture will need to be immobilized. In the case of a hand fracture, the hand would be placed in a cast for approximately 4-6 weeks. ...Read more

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What does it meant to have a common hand fracture?

Depends...: I don't know where you were given the descriptor 'common'. This is not a medical term for a particular pattern of hand fracture but likely refers to a fracture seen commonly either in the hand or in that particular fracture you sustained. ...Read more

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What tests are necessary to diagnose a hand fracture?

What tests are necessary to diagnose a hand fracture?

X-ray: X-rays are still considered the standard for diagnosing fractures of the hand. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: hand fracture?

What is the definition or description of: hand fracture?

Fracture: A fracture (break) of one of the bones in the hand. Most commonly a metacarpal or phalangeal fracture. ...Read more

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How to treat a spiral hand fracture?

How to treat a spiral hand fracture?

Splint and boddy : Tapping of the two finger together, surgery may be needed if you can not control rotation. ...Read more

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Why wont my hand fracture heal without surgery?

Why wont my hand fracture heal without surgery?

It can: Typically with hand fractures the question is no will it heal but in what position will it heal in. If the fracture is not in a good position your hand function will be compromised. ...Read more

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I got a hand fracture. I had surgery with metal pins. When will it heal fully?

Not enough info: In general, your surgeon will perform surgery to ensure proper healing in circumstances where treating the fracture in a cast would result in a less favorable outcome. Getting the bone to heal is only one part of getting your hand to heal fully. There are other factors, such as the severity and location of the injury, as well as therapy, when needed that determine your final outcome. ...Read more

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Why does my hand fracture have a pulsating feeling?

Why does my hand fracture have a pulsating feeling?

Not elevated: The blood supply to the hand is so good that any injury will throb for 2-4 days after injury or surgery. Keeping the injured part above the level of the heart will minimize this. Throbbing after this interval may represent a problem that should be evaluated by your treating doctor. ...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


Dr. Raj Singh
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Cast (Definition)

Children's bones will usually heal and remodel themselves, if they are kept in the correct position. Immobilization casts are one effective way to do this, while also protecting ...Read more