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How do you splint a broken hand?

How do you splint a broken hand?

It depends: Splinting of the hand is a lot more complex than you might imagine. Different fractures require different types of splinting. Some fractures require surgery. If you splint a particular fracture in the wrong manner it can actually make the deformity worse. It is best to see a hand surgeon to determine the best type of splinting necessary. ...Read more

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Dr. Mark Galland
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Splint (Definition)

A splint can be any type of external protection device designed to shield a bone or joint from injury. It may be used prophylactically to prevent injury or protect an injured bone or ...Read more


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Would my broken hand heal in a splint?

Would my broken hand heal in a splint?

Treatments are: Variable depending on the type of fracture. Please follow your orthopedic surgeon/ hand surgeon's advice. ...Read more

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I have had a broken hand taken out of a cast and put in a splint how long till I can do heavy lifting again?

I have had a broken hand taken out of a cast and put in a splint how long till I can do heavy lifting again?

It depends: This is highly dependent on the type of fracture you had, location of the fracture and how long it had been in a cast. Most fractures are healed in 6-8 weeks, but the final decision should be made by the person most familiar with your particular situation. ...Read more

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How long it will take to remove hand fracture splint ?

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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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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What could cause broken hand?

What could cause broken hand?

Usually trauma: Traumatic fracture is most common (due to striking the hand on something or an accident). Less common are stress fractures (due to repetitive small traumas or overuse) and pathological fractures (due to underlying medical conditions or metastatic processes). Tall to your doc about what might be the cause of your fracture. Usually a physical exam and x-ray are the first steps. ...Read more

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What is causing pain in a previously broken hand?

What is causing pain in a previously broken hand?

Hand fractures : Can heal often if treated but there are many structures in the hand that combine to give function. Adjacent joints may be slightly arthritiic and be inflamed, tendons and ligaments can be stiff or tight, skin can stay swollen, joints can be inflamed.Muscles can be weak from injury or disuse.Pain in some degree can be from even a slight subtle change in mechanics.Handtherapy can help at times. ...Read more

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Is a broken hand always casted?

Is a broken  hand always casted?

No: No, it depends on the specific type of break; but they are not always casted. ...Read more

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What is the downtime for a broken hand that requires surgery?

What is the downtime for a broken hand that requires surgery?

Depends: Depends on exactly what the surgery or bone is. Metacarpal fractures and surgeries seem to heal very quickly -- 4 weeks even. It also depends on what you're planning to do with your hand. Using a computer or driving is relatively quick to get back to doing. Swinging a sledge hammer, of course, will require more time. ...Read more

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Why am i so tired while my broken hand is healing?

Why am i so tired while my broken hand is healing?

Not too abnormal: The body reacts to injury in a limited number of ways. It is common to be easily fatigued after injury (including surgery.) this is your body telling you to slow down to promote uncomplicated healing. If soon after the injury, i would listen to your body! ...Read more

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How long will you need painkillers for a broken hand?

How long will you need painkillers for a broken hand?

Variable: Depends on how bad things are and how you yourself seem to take pain. Some patients barely use any pain killers. Some use unreasonable amounts. Typical is about 3-6 weeks. ...Read more

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How long does it take for a broken hand to heal in cast?

How long does it take for a broken hand to heal in cast?

Fracture: Varies depending on severity of fracture, displacement, age of patient, smoking status, etc. In general, most fractures that are minimally displaced will heal in 6-8 wks. Most displaced fractures can take longer and may not heal at all. Surgery may be needed to approximate the ends of the bone if widely separated. ...Read more

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If I have a possible broken hand, do I go to the ER to get checked?

If I have a possible broken hand, do I go to the ER to get checked?

Yes: Only definitive way to determine the extent and location of a fracture would be an x-ray which you would have done at the er. ...Read more

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Is it okay for my fingernails to grow more slowly on my broken hand?

Is it okay for my fingernails to grow more slowly on my broken hand?

Yes: Change in nutional status]blood flow can change growth rate and injury can do this but usually it is temporary with fractures. ...Read more

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What can you use to stabilize your broken hand when you take your cast off?

A splint: Typically a thermoplastic splint which can be intermittently removed will be fashioned with gentle range of motion exercise instituted under supervision. ...Read more

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What can I do to heal my broken hand faster? Should I stretch each of the fingers every day?

What can I do to heal my broken hand faster? Should I stretch each of the fingers every day?

Don't Disturb it: Moving your fingers, as it becomes indicated, will help to decrease stiffness, but the healing process continues unabated in a healthy patient. It is very difficult to enhance, but easily slowed down if not careful. ...Read more

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Hand Fracture (Definition)

A fracture (break) of one of the bones in the hand. Most commonly a ...Read more