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Cast (Definition)

Children's bones will usually heal and remodel themselves, if they are kept in the correct position. Immobilization casts are one effective way to do this, while also protecting ...Read more


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I broke my hand and got a cast. It's still swollen and I think it's squeezed too tightly. What can I do?

I broke my hand and got a cast. It's still swollen and I think it's squeezed too tightly. What can I do?

See your doctor: You should elevate the hand/arm above the heart as much as possible. This will help with swelling. You should have your doctor check the cast to see if it is too tight. ...Read more

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Broke my hand 2 months ago. Had a cast on for 6 weeks. And hand is still painful and constantly swollen. Is this normal?

Depends: It depends somewhat on the nature of the fracture and if there were other associated injuries. It is not terribly abnormal, particularly if you are getting better. Don't hesitate to discuss this with your doctor or even seek a second opinion if you don't feel comfortable with the answers you are getting. ...Read more

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Do you get a cast for hand fracture?

Do you get a cast for hand fracture?

Depends: Depending on the severity and location of the fracture, you would be placed either in a cast or a splint. If the fracture involves multiple fragments of bone or extends into a joint or the fragments have separated significantly, you need surgery to fix the bones with screws and plates. ...Read more

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How long should I expect swelling after removing cast off hand (fracture, cast lasted 4 weeks)?

How long should I expect swelling after removing cast off hand (fracture, cast lasted 4 weeks)?

Long Time: It is normal for you to have sorness, swelling and stiffness in your hand for many months. Occupational therapy can help get this worked out faster. ...Read more

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How much does a broken hand cast weigh?

How much does a broken hand cast weigh?

Suprisingly a cast: Is often lighter than you think, less than a pound often. But it is inconvenient at times, weight that you may not be sued to holding all the time and often the part that the cast is on is not being utilized normally. Gentle elevation while sleeping woth apilow on the chest often hels swelling which can also make th hand feel "heavy"
slings are ok but be careful that a sling is not overused. ...Read more

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Can you tell me how to know if I broke my hand?

Can you tell me how to know if I broke my hand?

Get to a doctor: Or ER. Stabilization is key for fractures as it will help with pain and prevent any further damage. The hand can be stabilized by a splint or Cast initially. An X-ray can confirm if there is a fracture and permanent treatment can be either casting, splinting or surgery depending on the fracture. ...Read more

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I broke my hand last year and now I get sharp pains whenever I try to write. Is there a brace for that?

I broke my hand last year and now I get sharp pains whenever I try to write. Is there a brace for that?

MAYBE: A brace may help, but the question must be asked-
why do you still have pain? One possibility: the bones did not heal properly (called a non-union). A simple xray may help sort out the diagnosis. ...Read more

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I broke my hand and had to have pins put in during surgery. What is a reasonable recovery time? The pins came out a week ago and I am in pt.

I broke my hand and had to have pins put in during surgery. What is a reasonable recovery time? The pins came out a week ago and I am in pt.

2-3 months: While of course it is hard to say exactly without knowing full details I typically say it is a 2-3 month process. Fro m surgery to being finished. However some things don't get better fully till a few months later than that. ...Read more

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I broke my hand 2 years ago. What can I do to prevent another injury?

I broke my hand 2 years ago. What can I do to prevent another injury?

Alkaline PH: If you are worried about stress fracture - this is due to vitamin d deficiency and if you take vitamin d and maintain alkaline pH to prevent osteoporosis. You also want to make sure you with the help of your doctor how your bone scan is whether you have lost bone density which increases your chance of fracture. If you just need cushion then you can use dermasaver products which provides padding. ...Read more

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Broke my hand and the 5th metacarpal rotated 40 degrees 3 manipulations, still hurts and a problem what do I do?

Broke my hand and the 5th metacarpal rotated 40 degrees 3 manipulations, still hurts and a problem what do I do?

Rotated?: 5th metacarpal neck fractures (boxer fxs.) are very common after closed fist injury. Angulation is very common but malrotation is not. Closed reduction (Jahss) is a common treatment followed by splinting. Angulation is well tolerated by the 5th metacarpal and 30 degrees or less is acceptable. Metacarpal shaft fractures that are malrotated require surgery. Best of Luck! ...Read more

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I think I broke my hand playing football about a month ago. What should I do?

I think I broke my hand playing football about a month ago. What should I do?

See your doctor: Problems like these can only be correctly handled by your doctor in person. He/she needs to listen to you, perform an examination and possibly run labs or other tests. That's the only way he/she can find out what's going on and what to do about it. ...Read more

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I broke my hand and my doctor said there is a bonine tumor in my hand. What is that?

I broke my hand and my doctor said there is a bonine tumor in my hand. What is that?

Enchondroma: "benign", pronounced bee-nine, means it's not cancer. It is a growth, though. Enchondroma (en-kon-dro-mah) is a very common type of benign bone growth in the hand bones. It's a type of cartilage growing where bone should be. This makes the bone slightly weaker. Sometimes you can get a break through that area. You should have the area "cleaned" out of cartilage and bone put in. ...Read more

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What should I do if I broke my hand?

What should I do if I broke my hand?

Seek immediate care: See an er or better a hand surgeon immediately. A fractured hand requires urgent treatment and may require surgery. ...Read more

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I broke my hand last friday, is there anything they can do for it now? It's pretty bad.

Hand fracture: The sooner the better with respect to treatment of fractures (whether splint/cast/surgical treatment. You still have time to get it evaluated and treated appropriately. ...Read more

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Broke my hand a few years ago. Lately when I make a fist it cramps and "sticks" in the fist position. What could be causing this all of a sudden?

Broke my hand a few years ago. Lately when I make a fist it cramps and "sticks" in the fist position. What could be causing this all of a sudden?

Trigger Finger: If you have a catching sensation in your palm with 1 or 2 fingers it may be trigger finger. This is often improved with a corticosteroid injection. Arthritis is another posibility with your history of trauma to the area. ...Read more

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Dr took me off Effexor (venlafaxine) three weeks ago now im more angry and sad I lashed out in anger and broke my hand hitting a wall. This never happens the emotio?

Dr took me off Effexor (venlafaxine) three weeks ago now im more angry and sad I lashed out in anger and broke my hand hitting a wall. This never happens the emotio?

Stopping Effexor (venlafaxine): Hi jodi, I'm sorry that you're not feeling well. Your question is difficult to answer without more information such as why the Effexor (venlafaxine) was stopped? Why was it prescribed originally and how long you were on it, and at what dose? What other medications has your doctor tried and what other medications are prescribed currently? If you are more volatile after discontinuing a medication, call your md. ...Read more

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Broke my hand last week, getting sudden numbness in fingers. Is this normal or a nerve is damaged?

Get checked: It'simpossible to tell, without examining your hand. Sounds like you need to get that checked asap. Get to your pmd, an orthopedic clinic, an ed, or an urgent care clinic. Make sure you describe the numbness and any weakness. ...Read more

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I broke my hand and had surgery to replace my bone with a metal plate. What are the long-term side effects?

I broke my hand and had surgery to replace my bone with a metal plate. What are the long-term side effects?

Replace?: Usually a metal plate is used to hold the bone while it heals. The bone will eventually be strong without limitations. The plate is not removed unless it causes problems. If the plate was used to replace the bone (unlikely) then this is temporary and you will need more surgery. ...Read more

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Broke my hand! Are there exercises that can be done to maintain my upper body muscle mass?

Broke my hand! Are there exercises that can be done to maintain my upper body muscle mass?

Broken hand: Obviously you aren't going to be able to do any exercises that require being able to grip something. Try doing exercises that use a strap that can be put around your wrist or elbow to be able to exercise above the elbow. Until you can grip again, your forearm muscles will suffer ...Read more

Hand Fracture (Definition)

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