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I have a buckle fracture in my right wrist. What are my treatment options?

I have a buckle fracture in my right wrist. What are my treatment options?

Splint or cast: Treatment for a buckle fracture is dependent on age, activity level and comfort level. Younger children tend to be treated in a cast. Older children can be treated in a splint. A true "buckle" fracture should not require manipulation or surgery. ...Read more

Dr. M. Hytham Beck
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Fracture (Definition)

A fracture is a broken bone. As there is cartilage at the end of many bones at the joint, a fracture may also include a break in the cartilage. Fractures and broken bones are the same thing. It seems that many believe that a "fracture" is a lesser injury or an incomplete break in the bone, but this is not correct. Fractures may be displaced or ...Read more


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I have a boxer's fracture in my right hand. What are my treatment options?

I have a boxer's fracture in my right hand. What are my treatment options?

Boxers fracture: Treatment depends on the nature of the fracture and the stability. In instances of stable fractures, a minimum of a splint is generally recommended for at least 3 weeks and more commonly 6 weeks. For unstable fractures with shortening, rotation, mal-alignment, displacement, etc, reduction (alignment) and fixation (pins, wires, screws, plates, etc) with casting may be required. ...Read more

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I have a buckle fracture in my left wrist. Is it necessary to get a cast or could I just leave a splint on it?

I have a buckle fracture in my left wrist. Is it necessary to get a cast or could I just leave a splint on it?

Splint may be fine: A splint may be fine, depending upon time from injury and x-ray status. If you are already more than a couple weeks out from injury, a splint is likely fine, as long as it adequately protects your injured bone from further harm during the full 6 weeks of healing usually required for such a fracture. ...Read more

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My wrist has a buckle fracture and still hurts. How can I treat the pain?

My wrist has a buckle fracture and still hurts. How can I treat the pain?

Buckle fractures: Are not present in adults. Perhaps you are referring to a non-displaced fracture. See a hand surgeon or orthopedic surgeon to clarify and get follow up. In the short term, any well fitting not too tight store bought wrist splint with support in it can help reduce irritation for many issues. ...Read more

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My thirteen year old daughter has a "buckle fracture" on her wrist. Should I be concerned about possible weaknesses that would have caused this?

Not likely: Most often a "buckle fracture" is the result of trauma or injury. If there is a reasonable mechanism of injury (for example a fall) then a reasonable outcome is a buckle type of fracture. In the vast majority of cases, if this is appropriately treated, there are no long term sequelae. ...Read more

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My daughter is 9 and has a buckle fracture on her wrist will she need a cast or a splint?

My daughter is 9 and has a buckle fracture on her wrist will she need a cast or a splint?

Depends: Most do will with a supportive forearm splint x 3 wks but this is something your pcp must decide after a hands on exam. If they find the buckle fracture atypical or have other concerns they may send you to an orthopedist for his/her input on rx. ...Read more

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What is the standard treatment for a toddler with a buckle fracture of the 5th metatarsal? Fracture is on the end closest to the ankle.

What is the standard treatment for a toddler with a buckle fracture of the 5th metatarsal? Fracture is on the end closest to the ankle.

Varies: With the degree of buckling and the proximity to the growth plate. There are two types of buckle fractures, one involved just a single segment of the bony cortex and buckles on one side. Another involves the entire circumference or two sides and buckles in in more than one location. There are differing degrees of risk to the growth plate with each with continued mobility. If there is not obvious compromise of the growth plate, treatment can be a short leg walking cast for 3 weeks. Any complications involving the growth plate may require more aggressive treatment including surgical. ...Read more

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My 9 year-old has a wrist buckle fracture. The dr. Put her in a cast 5" past the elbow. Is that a bit much? Can we put her in a wrist splint?

My 9 year-old has a wrist buckle fracture. The dr. Put her in a cast 5" past the elbow. Is that a bit much? Can we put her in a wrist splint?

Buckle fracture: Yes. A buckle fracture is a very stable fracture and can be treated either way - a splint or cast. It comes down to 2 issues. Personal preference and if you can trust the child to keep it on at all times but washing. The only downside to splinting is it may take a little more time to completely heal but that is a small trade off compared to no washing with a cast and possible cast complicatons. ...Read more

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I have wrist drop due to bone fracture from last four month now I hve to wait or go for the nerve treatment?

I have wrist drop due to bone fracture from last four month now I hve to wait or go for the nerve treatment?

WRIST DROP TX: Wrist drop can be difficult to treat follow up with your doctor and get a neurology consult. Physical therapy all be needed to rehab and get strength back post op. ...Read more

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Best treatment for a wrist fracture?

Best treatment for a wrist fracture?

Caring for a: Broken wrist involves assessing the nature of, location, degree, angulation, displacement, soft tissue. Injury as well as age, general health, bone quality and many other factors a hand surgeon or orthopedic surgeon trains for years and years and continues to read research and articles regarding the methods needed, using all thus they decide splint, cast, surgery etc. ...Read more

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Mri results show three torn ligaments in wrist with possible hamate fracture. Injury was 5 weeks ago, what is the treatment?

Mri results show three torn ligaments in wrist with possible hamate fracture. Injury was 5 weeks ago, what is the treatment?

Depends: Must have been a serious injury to cause that much damage. Not all ligament tears need surgery, but if needed ligament repairs should be done early rather than late. Sounds like you should see a hand surgeon to get things checked out. Maybe even a second opinion. Ligament repair surgery of the wrist is quite involved with a minimum of 3-4 month recovery. ...Read more

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I am having right wrist pain that is different from the normal pain I have. It's like something feels broken or fractured. I can't hold anything?

I am having right wrist pain that is different from the normal pain I have. It's like something feels broken or fractured. I can't hold anything?

See your doc: Sounds like you might need an XR. Pain different from the norm and inability to grasp are both concerning. Get to your local sports med doc or consider urgent care. I wish you the best ...Read more

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70 yr old man had an accident wrist fractured but now its fine but I cant completely close right wrist. What's the reason for this?

Depends: The bones that can fracture in the wrist can change the alignment of the joint forever. Talk to your surgeon about hand therapy or further surgical care, if appropriate. Preventing the next fall is also an important concern - a Rehabilitation referral can help with gait. ...Read more

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I got an hairline fracture on my right wrist. Will I have decreased function when it heals?

I got an hairline fracture on my right wrist. Will I have decreased function when it heals?

Probably not: A nondisplaced wrist fracture that is appropriately treated will, in most cases, not cause any permanent functional impairment. ...Read more

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Pain in the outer portion of my right wrist. I have a history of fractures in both wrists. I play multiple sports making me active should I worry?

Usually not: Anything to worry about. Fractured wrist typically heal to the strength they were prior to fracture. If you had a simple fracture that was essentially just a crack and nondisplaced even less reason to worry. Could be a tendonitis most likely. Treat with ice, nsaids. ...Read more

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I had duel scaphoid, arm and hand fractures in 2003. I had surgery on the right wrist and hand. What kind of long term pain should I expect?

I had duel scaphoid, arm and hand fractures in 2003. I had surgery on the right wrist and hand. What kind of long term pain should I expect?

Depends: It depends if the fractures were displaced, how the fracture healed, and how much of the joint was involved. As your injuries are already 8-9 years old, you should have a good idea depending on your current function. ...Read more

Dr. Jeffrey Wint
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Broken Bone (Definition)

Is it broken or fractured is a question I am often asked. The answer is basically that a broken or fractured bone is the same thing. A fracture means a break in the cortex or the strong layer of outer bone cells. In an adult the average time for that to heal varies greatly but is often considered to ...Read more