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How can you tell if my thumb is fractured or broken?

How can you tell if my thumb is fractured or broken?

X-Ray, scan, or MRI: Usually a simple x-ray will give you the answer. Sometimes, especially soon after the injury, the x-ray will initially appear to be normal even though there is a fracture. Your physician if still suspecting a fracture may recommend an mri, or bone scan. Suspicion of fracture goes up with amount of pain and soft tissue bleeding, site of maximum pain, and findings of indirect pain on examination. ...Read more

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Dr. Mark Ingerman
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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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Could my thumb be fractured? How can I tell?

Could my thumb be fractured? How can I tell?

Exam: You should see your doctor for an exam to see what type of injury/condition exists. ...Read more

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How long do broken sprained fractured thumb take to heal?

How long do broken sprained fractured thumb take to heal?

Broken thumb: Thumb fracture usually takes about 6-8 weeks to heal. A thumb sprain can take twice as long, depending on the ligament that has been sprained. ...Read more

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My thumb is a little swollen. I can't bend it all the way and can't grasp anything. I am in pain. Do you think it's broken or fractured?

My thumb is a little swollen. I can't bend it all the way and can't grasp anything. I am in pain. Do you think it's broken or fractured?

Needs to be checked: We can not tell you if it is broken or fractured without knowing more like if you had an injury and how long it has been swollen and without examining it and without Xrays It needs to be checked by your Doctor and if fracture is suspected will be only confirmed by xrays Other causes can be inflammation like tendinitis or an infection ...Read more

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Please advise what is the difference between a broken thumb, fractured thumb, and dislocated thumb?

Please advise what is the difference between a broken thumb, fractured thumb, and dislocated thumb?

Fracture=break: Fracture is another name for a broken bone, no difference. Dislocation refers to a joint being displaced out of position so it is not properly aligned. This requires closed or open reduction to realign the bones on either side of the joint. ...Read more

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Is there a way you couldfigure out if you have a broken or fractured bone in the thumb?

Is there a way you couldfigure out if you have a broken or fractured bone in the thumb?

Yes: Thumb fractures are common hand injuries which can present with acute pain and swelling, and deformity and bruising (ecchymosis) if severe. Radiological workup, with x ray films dedicated to the hand and thumb, is recommended if a fracture is suspected. A diagnosis of a thumb fracture should warrant temporary immobolization in a splint and a timely evaluation by a hand doctor. ...Read more

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I have a lot of pain on my left thumb and it hurts to move. It's not broken or fractured. Also my left palm is really itchy. How can should I treat it?

I have a lot of pain on my left thumb and it hurts to move. It's not broken or fractured. Also my left palm is really itchy. How can should I treat it?

Consider: And evaluation by your medical doctor/rehab doctor/neurologist for an emg/ncs (test to look at your nerves in your hand). Wouldn't be surprised if you have carpal tunnel syndrome. Changing diapers is dangerous... Make your husband do it. He is suppose to protect you, or you can tell him its' doctors orders. ...Read more