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Found fracture when had my hand X-ray done. Is it possible for me to grow?

Found fracture when had my hand X-ray done. Is it possible for me to grow?

Yes: If the growth plate is involved with the fracture, there could be a problem with growth. ...Read more

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

Happen frequently: Frequently a hairline fracture will not show until the body has had a chance to react by absorbing dead bone along the fracture or forming new bone outside of the usual cortex causing the line to widen on x-ray or new bone to show. ...Read more

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I fell and hurt my hand. I had an x-ray, which showed no fracture. But I still have a terrible pain. What can I do?

I fell and hurt my hand. I had an x-ray, which showed no fracture. But I still have a terrible pain. What can I do?

Repeat X-ray: On occasion, hairline fractures may not be initially visible on the first set of films but may take more time to become apparent on a second set of xrays obtained a week later. Otherwise rest, ice, compression, elevation and nsaids may be your best friends if recommended and not contra-indicated. ...Read more

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About 1 month ago i hit my right hand to a wall i didn't get fracture according to X-ray but still i feels pain whenever i try to lift any objects?

About 1 month ago i hit my right hand to a wall  i didn't get fracture according to X-ray but still i feels pain whenever i try to lift any objects?

Tricky: without an exam, I can only give general information, AND often small fractures are missed. Also, tears of tendons (sprains, even severe sprains) do not show on x-rays. ...Read more

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Dislocated finger 4 days ago pain down hand to wrist pt is 60y could fracture been missed on X-ray if so how long before follow up?

Soon: If you haven't already, i would seek the advise of a good hand surgeon (plastics or ortho) who can advise you on the care and treatment as well as what to expect while your finger heals. Sometimes dislocations do not go back into place without surgical intervention. ...Read more

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I fell down from bike and left hand is effected with whole body weight there is sweeling on my hand and pain in hand joint.No fracture in X-ray com.

? Fracture/ligament: Pain in hand can be due to ligament injury or due to fracture of the scaphoid bone ;sometimes this does not show up on x-ray till 10-12 days later but as these fractures may not heal well, most hand surgeons will treat a patient as if they have the fracture by placing them in a cast from the start.If repeat x-rays confirm diagnosis then the cast is kept for 8 weeks. Ligament tears need splinting. ...Read more

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Squeezed nerve in shoulder which inflamed in arm/hand or carpel tunnel. How do you know the difference? X-Ray no swelling,no fracture.Pain not leaving

Squeezed nerve in shoulder which inflamed in arm/hand or carpel tunnel. How do you know the difference? X-Ray no swelling,no fracture.Pain not leaving

Needs examination : If I understand it right, you would like to know the difference between pain radiating from spine in the neck towards the arm and localized pain in the hand from carpal tunnel syndrome. A thorough evaluation is the first step followed by imaging of the spine and/ or provocation test at the wrist level. ...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