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How could I know if I have a hairline fracture in my hand?

How could I know if I have a hairline fracture in my hand?

Imaging test: No way to tell for sure it's fractured without an xray. See a doctor. ...Read more

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Dr. Ira Katz
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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 have a hairline fracture in the side of my hand. Will I need to get a cast or a surgery?

I have a hairline fracture in the side of my hand. Will I need to get a cast or a surgery?

A cast will be fine : If you have a "hairline, " or nondisplaced fracture in your hand, then in most circumstances a cast or brace will allow the fracture to heal properly. ...Read more

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Can you have a hairline fracture in your hand and still have movement?

Yes: A hairline fracture is usually very stable, so hand movement will be possible. Most hand fractures are treated with casting or splinting for several weeks, followed by a brief course of hand therapy. ...Read more

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Can a hairline fracture in the hand get worse if left untreated?

Yes but : It really depends a lot on location ie a scaphoid fracture that leads to avascular necrosis or nonunion is not good but a matacarpal fracture may just hurt until teated, then get better quickly. ...Read more

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While at work i noticed my right middle knuckle was sore especially with any pussure against my hand. Could this be a hairline fracture?

Depends: Did you hit it on something? Then yes. If not then an inflammatory issue is more likely. An xray would be helpful... ...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

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