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I broke my fifth metacarpal and my ulna. Can doctors fix both at the same time?

I broke my fifth metacarpal and my ulna. Can doctors fix both at the same time?

Ulna and fifth mc fx: can certainly be fixed at the same time if indicated. Fixation of bone is used to improve and hold position, allow early mobilization and stabilize bones that are not stable enough with casting or pinning closed. ...Read more

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Hey doc I broke my ulna and radius in my left bone . And the doc put me a cast and i have too keep it and i want to know the chances if a surgery .

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I broke my ulna and radius in my left bone . And the doc put me a cast and i have too keep it and i want to know the chances if a surgery .

No need: majority of simple fractured will be healed with cast,specially if they are not displaced if the fractured badly displaced,and could not be set under anesthesia properly then open reduction and internal fixation will be needed,but you still end up in a cast anyway,so surgery does not replace cast,it is only for difficult fracture, ...Read more

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Hi doc I broke my ulna and radius and no skin affected. I put a cast until i know if i need a surgery . Do you think i need ?

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I broke my ulna and radius and no skin affected. I put a cast until i know if i need a surgery . Do you think i need ?

Ulnar/radius: The needs for surgery really depends on whether the alignment can be re-established. So you will need to have an -xRay to check on this. At the most you may need just a closed reduction. ...Read more

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Daughter broke ulna and radius. Cast for 4 wks, brace for 2 wks. Doc said to get back to normal. When at sports complaint pain. She complained about some pain. Shal she wait a little more to come back to normal practice? Her range of movement is perfect.

Daughter broke ulna and radius. Cast for 4 wks, brace for 2 wks. Doc said to get back to normal. When at sports complaint pain. She complained about some pain. Shal she wait a little more to come back to normal practice? Her range of movement is perfect.

I : I agree with dr. Weinzapfel. Still, one thing to remember is that while you saw the fracture on the x-rays and that is dramatic, it is the entire forearm that was injured. Muscles, fascia, blood vessels, nerves that are all within that area sustained trauma. While you see the healing of the bones on the follow-up xrays, it may take longer, even in a child for the muscles and other soft tissues to recover. Additionally, xrays are typically two spot shots of the area and the fracture may not be exactly in the plane of the xrays taken. While she is likely well on her way to healing, she is likely still remodelling her bone and strenghtening it. It is not surprising that she is having some pain with activity. ...Read more

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I broke my fifth metacarpal. What is that?

I broke my fifth metacarpal. What is that?

That is : The long bone between your wrist and your fifth finger. ...Read more

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Broke 4th metacarpal, and it will be 3 1/2 weeks before i can see the orthopedic. Got x-rayed, and it's angled up. What will the doc do to fix this?

Broke 4th metacarpal, and it will be 3 1/2 weeks before i can see the orthopedic. Got x-rayed, and it's angled up. What will the doc do to fix this?

Depends: If your fracture is only angulated a small amount the orthopedic doctor may only recommend a splint or cast for several more weeks. If it is very angulated or causes your fingers to cross over when you bend them surgery may be recommended to realign the bone. ...Read more

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Broke 4th metacarpal 5 days ago. Doc scheduled me to see orthopedic in 3 weeks. Is that too long to wait to get it fixed, will they have to rebreak ?

Broke 4th metacarpal 5 days ago. Doc scheduled me to see orthopedic in 3 weeks. Is that too long to wait to get it fixed, will they have to rebreak ?

Depends on break: If it is non-displaced and just sending you to ortho to make sure it is healing right, then this time is correct. If it is displaced and your doc is considering surgery, then it is too long. Just double check with your physician what the plan is. ...Read more

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I hit, I think my ulna nerve and there's a huge bump and hurts even applying slight pressure. Should I go to the doctors?

I hit, I think my ulna nerve and there's a huge bump and hurts even applying slight pressure. Should I go to the doctors?

Likely bursitis.: A large bump on the back of the elbow is usually an olecranon bursitis. Try ice, anti-inflammatories and avoidance of pressure on the bump. If it doesn't show improvement in a few days, see a board certified orthopaedic surgeon for evaluation and treatment. ...Read more

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Hi doc, I have been experiencing pain on the back of my left wrist just above the protruding section of the ulna. The pain worsens when supinated.

Hi doc, I have been experiencing pain on the back of my left wrist just above the protruding section of the ulna. The pain worsens when supinated.

Time to see your Dr.: and see what's going on? An xray may be revealing if the physical exam of your wrist doesn't show anything. Review any trauma or inflammation or cyst developing in the area that may have caused it. Good luck! ...Read more

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Fractured my radius and ulna bones playing soccer. The doctor said no work or soccer for 6 weeks but 4 weeks on i don't feel any pain and the arm feels normal so could i play again?

Fractured my radius and ulna bones playing soccer. The doctor said no work or soccer for 6 weeks but 4 weeks on i don't feel any pain and the arm feels normal so could i play again?

No: I'm assuming your fractures occurred distally( toward the wrist)...If they occurred mid shaft they would require orif ( plating).Irregardless, your fractures should be fully healed before resuming soccer(8 wks) unless your are protected in a 'focus rigidity' or similar splint.Even so, you are taking a definite chance of re- fracturing if you return @ 4 weeks. Good luck! ...Read more

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Is it normal for doc 2 say its ok 2 not wear a cast when forearm is still broken?Complete fractures of radius/ulna have only little healing, no surgery

Is it normal for doc 2 say its ok 2 not wear a cast when forearm is still broken?Complete fractures of radius/ulna have only little healing, no surgery

Pretty early: 6-8 wks.4 a good start on healing depending on the location of the fracture. With no callus formation i would seek another opinion.B very careful in the meantime. ...Read more

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If there is a suspected hairline fracture to the proximal end of the ulna but does not come up on X-rays what will a doctor do?

Treat and repeat. : Frequently a non-displaced fracture is questioned on x-rays. Typically the site, elbow in your case, is treated as if the fracture is there and then we re-X-ray the spot after 7-10 days to look for signs of healing. ...Read more

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What doc can I see about broken pinky finger metacarpal(boxers fracture)?

What doc can I see about broken pinky finger metacarpal(boxers fracture)?

Hand/wrist MD: Please see an orthopedic hand/wrist surgeon, who can evaluate you , and provide the proper treatment. ...Read more

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Is it reasonable to leave fractured 5th metacarpals at joint with phalanges untreated. Happened 15 Nov. Doc failed nonsurgical procedure with splint.

Probably okay: Sure, if the finger isn't terribly out of place or angulated. Google images for angulated finger, compare it to the other hand, if not severe then you might be okay. ...Read more

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I have a fracture of the first metacarpal. I have 2 pins. The break hasn't bonded, yet the doctor wants to remove my pins. Should I tell him not to?

I have a fracture of the first metacarpal. I have 2 pins. The break hasn't bonded, yet the doctor wants to remove my pins. Should I tell him not to?

Hand fractures: Radiographic signs of hand/finger fracture healing often lags behind actual healing. While your x-rays might not show complete new bone formation, it is typically advised to remove pins after 4-6 weeks to prevent infection and allow you to start range of motion exercises to prevent stiffness. Some type of removable splinting is still recommended to protect the hand as it continues to heal ...Read more