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How long does it take for broken hand bones to heal?

How long does it take for broken hand bones to heal?

Broken hand bones: For simple uncomplicated fractures in fingers or the metacarpals (long bones) take 6-8 weeks to heal, however some wrist bones such as the scaphoid and others may take longer as the blood supply in these is not as straightforward. Open fractures and higher energy injuries may take longer. The quality of the soft tisse and nerve supply and circulation in an injury zone may lengthen healing times. ...Read more

Bone (Definition)

Bone is a living growing tissue made mostly of collagen (protein that provides soft framework) & the mineral calcium phosphate that adds strength & hardens the framework. Two types of bone are found in the body; cortical (dense compact outer layer) & trabecular (makes up inner layer, ...Read more


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How long does it take a broken hand bone to heal? Do you think 6 weeks is a good estimate?

How long does it take a broken hand bone to heal? Do you think 6 weeks is a good estimate?

4-6 weeks: Most fractures heal within 4-6 weeks. Some are healed enough to start gentle motion exercises within 3 weeks or so. Ask your orthopedic surgeon who can guide you through the healing process and make recommendations regarding safe level of activity. ...Read more

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Can you get bone spurs with a broken hand?

Can you get bone spurs with a broken hand?

Yes in jointfracture: Bone spurs usually arise in responses to wear and tear over time and is a hallmark of arthritis. Patients with fractures involving the articular surfaces are more prone to develop arthritis at an earlier age in those joints than in a non-injured joint. Bone spurs can also develop at tendon and ligament insertions into bones. See a hand surgeon. ...Read more

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Broken hand at 16, now 23, 2 pins and a cast used, removed pins and cast when "healing" was finished. Bones shift on a daily basis, advice plz?

Broken hand at 16, now 23, 2 pins and a cast used, removed pins and cast when "healing" was finished. Bones shift on a daily basis, advice plz?

Perhaps you are: Referring to a joint that is subluxing and slding in and out of place. A commin scenario could involve the cmc joints where the metacarpals meet the wrist but it is very hard to honein on a problem with nonspecific inforamtion. Perhaps an evaluation by a hand surgeon for a problem such as this is indicated as surgery and injury is part of the past history. ...Read more

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Hello! I have a broken hand, the two bones between my hand and elbow are both broken, I have wrapped it but somei feel like the bones are moving.?

Hello! I have a broken hand, the two bones between my hand and elbow are both broken, I have wrapped it but somei feel like the bones are moving.?

Fractures: This is a dangerous situation. You need to get to a doctor to take an X Ray and put the bones back together and put a cast on your arm. It sounds like you will probably need surgery with metal plates and screws to maintain the reduction of your BBFF both bones forearm fracture and hand fractures eval and treated similarly open vs closed reduction and fixation. If open need tetanus and IV abx ASAP ...Read more

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Hello! I have a broken hand, the two bones between my hand and elbow are both broken, I have wrapped it but somei feel like the bones are moving. The?

Hello! I have a broken hand, the two bones between my hand and elbow are both broken, I have wrapped it but somei feel like the bones are moving. The?

This needs more-: -than that as treatment. If you are able seek medical help. An orthopedic surgeon would be great, but I don't know what access you have to such care. ...Read more

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What are some symptoms of a broken hand compared to a sprain without a broken bone?

What are some symptoms of a broken hand compared to a sprain without a broken bone?

Often the same: Symptoms of hand fracture and sprain include pain, swelling and decreased motion. Hand fractures and sprains can occur from similar mechanisms of injury. Moreover, what looks like a simple sprain can be a complex fracture that requires treatment (immobilization or surgery). Therefore, it is important to be evaluated if symptoms from hand/finger injuries don't improve after a few days. ...Read more

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Hi, I injured my hand in a contact sport. Wanted to check if it’s just a muscle injury from contact or could be broken hand bones, which would need an X-ray?

Hi, I injured my hand in a contact sport. Wanted to check if it’s just a muscle injury from contact or could be broken hand bones, which would need an X-ray?

If any doubt...: ...go get checked, and get the x-ray. Sorry, but we can't examine you from here. Nor are the absences of bruising, diminished range of motion, or severe pain definitive for a non-fracture. ...Read more

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

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

4-6 weeks: Bones in the hand and fingers usually heal enough to resume motion and strengthening in 4-6 weeks. The bone will continue to heal and strengthen for a year. ...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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How long should it take a broken hand to heal?

It depends.: Most fractures take between 6 to 8 weeks to heal. They may be healed enough to allow for movement much sooner, however, and may continue to remodel for months after healing has occurred. Other factors may include the type of fracture, the form of treatment chosen, and patient factors such as age. ...Read more

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How long will it take a broken hand to heal?

How long will it take a broken hand to heal?

6 wks w/ proper care: Most fractures take approximately 6 weeks to heal assuming proper care. Hand fractures can lead to deformity and pain; be sure to get it properly evaluated and treated. See your doctor (family doctor, internist or orthopedic surgeon) for best results. ...Read more

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How long does it usually take a broken hand to heal?

How long does it usually take a broken hand to heal?

Depends: If you can tell us what you broke that will help us give you an estimate as to the time healing would take. ...Read more

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How long would it take an old woman to heal from a broken hand?

How long would it take an old woman to heal from a broken hand?

An older person: Who is otherwise healthy heals fine. Average bone healing time is 6-8 weeks but a nondisplaced fracture may be allowed to move at a few weeks while a comminyed fracture may need longer. ...Read more

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How long will it take for a hand fracture to heal? When can I return to work? I'm cabin crew

How long will it take for a hand fracture to heal? When can I return to work? I'm cabin crew

Hand fractures can: Take 6-8 weeks to heal for simple long bone (finger and metacarpal) injuries. Wrist bones, open injuries, injury with significant soft tissue damage can take longer. Airline employee rules for return to work are often complex so make sure you talk to your employer and treating md to find out whether you can return in a splint or not. Its often not a straightforward answer. ...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 long does it take for a broken hand to recover?

How long does it take for a broken hand to recover?

It varies...: Recovery from a broken hand depends on many factors: severity and location of the fracture, compliance with the prescribed form of immobilization (cast, splint), age of the patient and other negative healing factors such as the presence of diabetes or smoking. Metacarpal fractures are the most common type of hand fracture, and most heal in about 6 weeks. ...Read more

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How long does it take for a child's hand fracture to regain full strength?

How long does it take for a child's hand fracture to regain full strength?

6-12 weeks: Fractures usually take about six weeks to heal. Even after the fracture is healed, patients - kids included - tend to favor the injured extremity for a while. That time varies from person to person and also depends to some degree on the severity of the injury. 6-12 weeks from the day of injury is a good estimate. ...Read more

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How long did it take you to recover after broken hand?

How long did it take you to recover after broken hand?

6-8 weeks: Is a typical bone healing time but for fractures that need reduction and or surgery while the bone is mechanically healed after 6-8 weeks I always tell patients that it is several month process and months later before the wrist and hand begin to feel more " normal". Much also depends on the severity if fracture as a simple nondisplaced hairline fracture is very different from one needing operative. ...Read more

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Why has my broken hand not healed yet? How long is it supposed to take?

Depends: It depends on which bone is fractured and how bad the injury was. Healing time for the hand and wrist can range from 5-16 weeks. ...Read more

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How long before a hand fracture heals?

How long before a hand fracture heals?

Rather quickly...: Compared to other bones. Hand fractures are often healed in 3-4 weeks. At that point they will often not appear to be healed on xrays but these lag behind the actual healing. Because stiffness in the hand is much more common than poor fracture healing, immobilization of hand fractures needs to be for as short a time as possible. ...Read more

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How long approximately does it take to fully recover from a hand fracture?

How long approximately does it take to fully recover from a hand fracture?

6 weeks: Fractures usually take 6-8 weeks to heal, although proper immobilization, genetics, use of tobacco, nutritional status and environmental factors can change this timeline. ...Read more

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What can I do to heal broken hand faster? Should I take extra vitamin d and calcium tablets?

What can I do to heal broken hand faster? Should I take extra vitamin d and calcium tablets?

Takes 6 weeks: Fractures will heal within 6 weeks for most fractures, hand fractures my heal slightly sooner. As long as you maintain a healthy diet, you will heal up without issue. Calcium, vit d, and protein will help with bone healing. Everyone heals at their own pace. ...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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How long will the broken hand last?

How long will the broken hand last?

6 wks w/ proper care: Most fractures take approximately 6 weeks to heal assuming proper care. Hand fractures can lead to deformity and pain; be sure to get it properly evaluated and treated. See your doctor (family doctor, internist or orthopedic surgeon) for best results. ...Read more

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What happens if you wait too long to get a broken hand looked at?

What happens if you wait too long to get a broken hand looked at?

Possible malunion: Malunion is when a broken bones heals in the wrong position and can lead to difficult problems. Please go get an x-ray. ...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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If I have a broken hand, am I allowed to take off the cast, or would it be much too painful?

If I have a broken hand, am I allowed to take off the cast, or would it be much too painful?

Do not remove: The cast is stabilizing the fracture to prevent it from shifting and to allow it to heal in an anatomic position. Do not remove the cast as fracture may not teal or heal in an abnormal pattern. Pain is not the issue. ...Read more

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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

Hand Fracture (Definition)

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