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How painful is a broken arm usually?

How painful is a broken arm usually?

Painful: Broken bones don't say i think i'm broke, they say i'm broke. Most people feel silly when they say i think i broke a bone when they finally break a bone, as the difference is significant. Pain interpretation is very individualized though. Some have high pain thresholds and some have very low thresholds. ...Read more

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Dr. Rahul Banerjee
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Arm Fracture (Definition)

An arm fracture typically refers to a fracture of the bone in the upper arm, the humerus or of the bones in the forearm, the radius and/or the ulna. Fractures in the hand and wrist are usually not called "arm fractures". While many of these fractures are treated non-surgically in children, many of these fractures, particularly those in the forearm, ...Read more


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How painful is it to get a broken forearm?

How painful is it to get a broken forearm?

Very: Breaking your arm particularly if displaced with the ends moving is very painful until set or operated on. ...Read more

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How painful is it to break an arm or leg?

How painful is it to break an arm or leg?

It depends : All breaks are different and peoples response to pain is different. Bottom line, it usually hurts and how much, depends on location and type of break. One cannot say hat if i can walk, it is not broken. ...Read more

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How painful can a fractured arm be?

See below: Pain is percieved differently by different people. I'd wager all would agree that a fractured arm would be painful. ...Read more

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Is it normal for a large lump to form after a hand fracture?

Is it normal for a large lump to form after a hand fracture?

A Callus: Yes.Healing bones form a callus or "lump" at the fracture site, which usually mo;ds back to normal form over time. ...Read more

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I have a proximal humerus fracture of the right arm. It is a month old in a clam shell split is it normal for the elbow to be painful and swollen?

I have a proximal humerus fracture of the right arm. It is a month old in a clam shell split is it normal for the elbow to be painful and swollen?

Maybe...: Depending on the mechanism of injury (i.e. What led to the fracture and how hard the injury was), there is the possibility that you might have a hairline fracture in your elbow. I would recommend that x-rays are taken of your elbow, if they have not been done in the past. The other option (more likely) is that the elbow is stiff from not being used. ...Read more

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How painful is it to have a scaphoid fracture?

How painful is it to have a scaphoid fracture?

Scaphoid Fracture: Scaphoid fractures are often not too painful and thus are often missed as the patient never seeks medical attention. If the fracture is displaced then usually there is significant pain that will cause the patient to come to the er or orthopedic office. ...Read more

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How painful is a fracture or a break in the forearm? How to tell if I have one?

X-ray: A fracture is usually quite painful initially. But, the only way to determine if you have a fracture is through a medical evaluation with an x-ray. ...Read more

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How painful is surgery to fix a broken arm?

Variable: What type of fracture? Does it need surgery? Although our surgical interventions have progressed significantly surgery is still surgery... That being said pain control after arm/upperextremity surgery tends not to be horrible. Most of my patients have pain for 3-4 days and then are off narcotics. ...Read more

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What constitutes a broken wrist and how is it treated?

What constitutes a broken wrist and how is it treated?

Wrist fracture: It constitutes a whole continuum from bone bruise, growth plate injury, greenstick fracture, nondisplaced/displaced/cominuted/intraarticular/closed, all the way to open fracture. Location and severity determine the treatment: splint or casting, up to surgical intervention of ex fix, orif, pins, plates and screws, etc. ...Read more

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Is a broken ankle very painful? Or can it be only mildly painful and fool you into thinking it was a sprain?

Is a broken ankle very painful?  Or can it be only mildly painful and fool you into thinking it was a sprain?

It can fool you: Amont of pain can't be used to distinquish thextwo or amount of swelling xray only reliable way of differentiating. ...Read more

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Is a hand cast supposed to be painful?

No: Casts are designed to immobilize fractures and thereby lessen the pain. You will continue to have some pain at the fracture site but pain elsewhere or increasing pain should be brought to the attention of the surgeon. One common resaon for increasing pain is swelling because the hand is not elevated enough. ...Read more

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What is a frozen shoulder and is it painful?

What is a frozen shoulder and is it painful?

Adhesive capsulitis: Yes it is very painful! http://www.Ncbi.Nlm.Nih.Gov/pubmedhealth/pmh0001490/.

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How painful is a broken bone injury or dislocation?

How painful is a broken bone injury or dislocation?

Bone injury: Depends on the location, the extent & whether it is closed or compound. ...Read more

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How long could my broken arm be in a cast?

How long could my broken arm be in a cast?

Usually 4-6 weeks: Arm fractures usually heal in 4-6 weeks depending on the extent of fracture, type of fractuere and which arm bone or bones are affected. All things equal you should expect 4-6 weeks but your orthopedist may think differently based on follow up exam, x-rays and your individual case study. Follow up and keep open dialog with your doctor. ...Read more

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