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Is it a good idea to get surgery to heal my broken left hand?

Is it a good idea to get surgery to heal my broken left hand?

YES if open/unstable: It depends on the stability of the fracture. A splint or cast or specialized traction device may be all that is needed. Surgery is reserved for open or unstable fractures. ...Read more

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Is it a good idea to get surgery on my hand or let it heal by itself?

Is it a good idea to get surgery on my hand or let it heal by itself?

Let it heal: Without knowing what thew problem is, it is always better to see if your body can heal itself rather than jump to surgery for most overuse problems. ...Read more

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I fractured my hand two days ago. Is it a good idea to keep writing to make it heal faster?

I fractured my hand two days ago. Is it a good idea to keep writing to make it heal faster?

No.: Most non-displaced fractures of the hand bones take 3-4 weeks to heal depending on age and location. The only type of fracture where I have a hand therapist move the hand early is when a joint is involved in the fracture. ...Read more

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X-Ray revealed I fractured a big toe. Do I need to go back to PCP for a splint/other procedure? Is it safe to deal with it on my own, or is that bad

X-Ray revealed I fractured a big toe.  Do I need to go back to PCP for a splint/other procedure?  Is it safe to deal with it on my own, or is that bad

Toe: It all depends on how bad the fracture is and what part of the toe it involves. If you get poor healing from not receiving the right treatment, then you will be stuck with a permanent poor outcome. I would recommend that you get in to your physician and make sure your treatment is the right for your situation. Good luck. ...Read more

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What's a good way to check if my hand is broken?

What's a good way to check if my hand is broken?

Pain and swelling: A bad sprain can hurt as much as a fracture. A bruised or jammed ; joint can hurt a lot if there is a lot of swelling. An x-ray will help. Swelling deformity are exam findings but many sprains can look like a fracture and the reverse so a proper exam and the right x-rays based upon the exam will be the best way. ...Read more

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Broke my ring and pinky finger and time to time it hurts really bad as if i reinjured it i had to do surgery for them to repair it with a metal plate

Broke  my ring and pinky finger and time to time it hurts really bad as if i reinjured it i had to do surgery for them to repair it with a metal plate

Post surgical finger: Probably best to see your surgeon if for nothing than reassurance but also to ensure some metal parts are not acting up: moving about , et assuming they were not removed. ...Read more

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I am recovering from an open fracture in my elbow. Is it normal for my fingers to be numb? How long will it take to recover?

I am recovering from an open fracture in my elbow. Is it normal for my fingers to be numb? How long will it take to recover?

Elbow fracture: Numbness implies injury or irritation to the median, ulnar, or radial nerves or their branches. An open fracture usually implies more soft tissue injury and damage than a closed fracture. It may take 3 months or longer. It depends whether the nerve, the nerve sheath, or continuity of the nerve is involved. ...Read more

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I had a minor fracture on the bone connecting my hand to my elbow. How long will it take to heal?

I had a minor fracture on the bone connecting my hand to my elbow. How long will it take to heal?

About 6 weeks: It may take about 6-8 weeks but certain limited activities may be permitted under the supervision of your surgeon and therapist may be permitted. However certain bones, namely the scaphoid, are notorious for their unusual blood supply and do not always heal predictably. Therefore close follow up by your physician is essential. ...Read more

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If i damaged a ligament can it heal it self or do I have to get a surgery. I can't bend my leg all the way it hurts on the right side of my knee.

If i damaged a ligament can it heal it self or do I have to get a surgery. I can't bend my leg all the way it hurts on the right side of my knee.

It is a possibility: That it will heal by itself. Ligaments are in every joint and their function to create an orthopedic stability. They are relatively elastic and can lengthen under stress and then return to their original shape. Good rest, moist heat, otc anti-inflammatory and passive physical stretching will be helpful. If the condition is not improved in one week, see your health care provider. ...Read more

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I work with my hands but my wrist is swollen and shore what is the best way to protect it while it heals?

I work with my hands but my wrist is swollen and shore what is the best way to protect it while it heals?

UseBrace/get checked: You can use a brace but since your wrist is swollen it should be checked by your doctor to find the cause of the swelling Is it swollen because of an injury or due to some other condition.Do get it checked but using a wrist brace will not hurt ...Read more

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Is it possible to tell if I have a broken bone in my foot?

Is it possible to tell if I have a broken bone in my foot?

X-ray: X-ray is the way to best tell this. Pretty hard to do based on physical exam alone. Ct, MRI may also diagnose, though x-ray is first-line. ...Read more

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Will i be able to use a bow this hunting season I am going to have shoulder surgery on my right shoulder to fix a torn muscle. They will have to place a screw in it to hold it.

Will i be able to use a bow this hunting season I am going to have shoulder surgery on my right shoulder to fix a torn muscle. They will have to place a screw in it to hold it.

Ruptured : Ruptured biceps ? Can try a bow after all rehab is complete and well healed. The start slowly, low poun pull and work up to your ability. If hunting season is less than 6 mo away i would guess no. ...Read more

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Is it possible to heal my fractured ankle without seeing a doctor?

Is it possible to heal my fractured ankle without seeing a doctor?

Possible: not wise: If you immobilize it properly, if you are other wise healthy it could heal. However, what if it is out of alignment or heals out of alignment. How will you be able to properly immobilize it and how do you know what steps to take to ensure adequate healing and to deal with any complication. It is extremely foolish to try to handle this yourself. Also depends on type of fracture and severity. ...Read more

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I have a broken pinky finger left hand dr says they have to rebreak in order to fix for me to be able to make a fist is this common practice?

I have a broken pinky finger left hand dr says they have to rebreak in order to  fix for me to be able to make a fist is this common practice?

FInger fracture: If the fracture is older than a week, then partial healing requires "breaking" the finger to re-align or reduce the fracture back to normal. The 5th finger is less critical to hand function, so you'll have to decide how perfect you want to be! ...Read more

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What's a good way to check if my ankle is broken?

What's a good way to check if my ankle is broken?

See the doc: Go to a foot/ankle specialist to get a proper exam. Your doc will physically examine the ankle to check range of motion and localized pain. Xrays will highlight alignment and check for fractures, but if necessary, an MRI would reveal both bone and soft tissue damage. Don't attempt to treat this on your own. ...Read more

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Over a month after my phalanx fracture my toe is still swollen I'm not able to move it nore put pressure on it will I need surgery to fix it see pic.

Over a month after my phalanx  fracture my toe is still swollen I'm not able to move it nore put pressure on it will I need surgery to fix it see pic.

I would advise: Using a surgical shoe to walk with and wrapping he toe to attempt to reduce swelling. Icing is goo as well. Would need copy of xrays to comment further. ...Read more

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Is it a good idea to get surgery to heal my broken left hand?

YES if open/unstable: It depends on the stability of the fracture. A splint or cast or specialized traction device may be all that is needed. Surgery is reserved for open or unstable fractures. ...Read more

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Is it a good idea to get surgery on my hand or let it heal by itself?

Let it heal: Without knowing what thew problem is, it is always better to see if your body can heal itself rather than jump to surgery for most overuse problems. ...Read more

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Hi, my left hand pinky often starts jumping. I get the same sensation in my right foot. It started a week or so ago. Any ideas or suggestions?

Hi, my left hand pinky often starts jumping. I get the same sensation in my right foot. It started a week or so ago. Any ideas or suggestions?

Jumpy: An electrolyte problem might cause this.. Either potassium, magnesium or caclcium imbalance. Try some magnesium daily to see if helps. Notify provider a test may help. Stimulants can be a factor or perhaps thyroid problem ...Read more

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I'm experiencing acute pain 13 days after carpal tunnel surgery in my left hand. I'm wondering if I should go get it checked? Appearance is normal.

I'm experiencing acute pain 13 days after carpal tunnel surgery in my left hand. I'm wondering if I should go get it checked? Appearance is normal.

Pain hand: Acute pain, yes there can be an infection or another issue, call your doctor. Other things such as arthritis at th base of the thumb, or irritation from prolonged dependency on splints may be suspect as well. By speaking to your surgeon directly they can determine if anything else needs to be done. Often this can simply be a phone call but you must call to start the evaluation process ...Read more

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Breathlessness, nausea, lightheadedness. Breathlessness is worse while laying on left hand side. Ecg's have come out good. Any ideas?

Breathlessness, nausea, lightheadedness. Breathlessness is worse while laying on left hand side. Ecg's have come out good. Any ideas?

Not heart: It doesn't sound like your heart so it's not surprising that your ECG is normal. Have you had a chest x-ray? Oxygen saturation? D-dimer (to rule out blood clot). I would be concerned about fluid in your lung. Do you have fever? Elevated white blood count? Cough? Phlegm? Wheezing? An ECG is not an adequate evaluation of your symptoms. ...Read more

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Is it a good idea to take time off of work after my hand surgery?

Is it a good idea to take time off of work after my hand surgery?

Yes: It is generally a good idea to minimize work with a hand that has been operated on. The amount of time off is highly variable and depends on the procedure being performed and the demands of the job. I would check with your local hand surgeon regarding the specifics of the surgery. ...Read more

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I had surgery on my left hand to repair a broken metacarpal. What happens if I break it again?

I had surgery on my left hand to repair a broken metacarpal. What happens if I break it again?

Nothing new: If it heals well it will be no more susceptible to another injury than if it were uninjured. ...Read more

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Surgery:, what is carpaioltunnel, and what can you do about it?Do i need surgery? My left hand throbs, feels like needles in it all the time, and hurts badley.

Carpal : Carpal tunnel syndrome is typically experienced as the hand "falling asleep" with numbness and tingling, mostly involving the thumb, index, and middle fingers. Some people will also have wrist pain with it. Early, mild cases do not require surgery, but more advanced cases will. It is best to see a certified hand surgeon for a full nerve evaluation, as more things than just carpal tunnel syndrome can cause the symptoms. A related condition, cubital tunnel syndrome is also common and involves the small finger (pinky) and often the ring finger. It requires surgery less often. ...Read more

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Will something bad happen because i smoked crystal and im getting surgery on my left hand?

Will something bad happen because i smoked crystal and im getting surgery on my left hand?

Depends on when: Crystal meth will cause alterations in your blood pressure and possibly make you slightly more difficult to sedate. If you smoked it just before your surgery tell the anesthesiologist if not then if at all possible avoid smoking it around the surgery date. Maybe this will be a good opportunity to enter a rehab program. Discuss it with your doctor. ...Read more

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Hello, I have these small bumps on the top of my left hand and they are a bit itchy and appeared overnight. Any idea what this is?

Hello, I have these small bumps on the top of my left hand and they are a bit itchy and appeared overnight. Any idea what this is?

Skin issues: There could be a number of reasons this is happening, from an allergic reaction to something that you were exposed to, to bites from insects etc. If there are other people at home who have similar issues, it could be some insect bite. Have your physician take a look at the actual bumps as it helps us figure out what they are. Hope this helps ...Read more

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I have a pain that disturbs my sleep in my left hand side under my ribs. Feels swollen too any ideas?

I have a pain that disturbs my sleep in my left hand side under my ribs. Feels swollen too any ideas?

May be rib fracture.: Based on your sxs description, it may be rib fracture on the left side, effecting the lower left ribs or the floating ribs. Swelling with pain, specially, when trying to sleep on your left side may be due to rib fracture. Lung does not seem to be effected. Your sxs. Could be due to multiple reasons, although.Should soon consult your pcp, who may refer u to an orthopedics doctor. Cxr will be helpful. ...Read more

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How are you? I'm having pain in the veins on my left hand and hands are very itchy. What could this be coming from? Any ideas at all will be helpful!!

How are you? I'm having pain in the veins on my left hand and hands are very itchy. What could this be coming from? Any ideas at all will be helpful!!

Age?: We need to know your age. Please put it in your public profile. We cannot answer questions from minors. Knowing your country or state helps, too. Age, location, and gender, can affect our answer, since some conditions are more likely in different places or in different age groups. Be honest! You expect if of us, and we expect it of you! ...Read more

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Hi i had surgery 2 weeks in a row and had an iv in my left hand. The vein behind the iv sight is raised and hurts. plz help me?

Hi i had surgery 2 weeks in a row and had an iv in my left hand. The vein behind the iv sight is raised and hurts. plz help me?

Some possibilites: cannot say in your particular case without seeing it AND any cutting will produce scarring. More severe issues include scarring so bad the vein collapses (not as bad as it sounds) and local infection (can be pretty bad). ...Read more

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I'm right handed and while playing badminton, my left hand and arm became very cold for a short time. Any ideas?

I'm right handed and while playing badminton, my left hand and arm became very cold for a short time. Any ideas?

Temperature change: Sound like a cervical radiculopathy left side of your neck. See either an orthopedist that specializes in neck problems, or neurologist to see if you have a cervical nerve compression on your left side. These nerve traumas can get worse over time so don't delay. Good luck ...Read more

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Ive got a very sharp pain on my left hand side below my ribs. Sort of a the bottom of my waist. Basically the middle and left hand side. Any idea?

Severe pain needs 2B: Evaluated by a doctor. The possibilities include anything from a muscle spasm to a problem with your kidney or something else such as pancreatitis. Even if the pain comes and goes, if it's severe you deserve to get it checked. I realize you are in the UK, but the emergency services are working even now. You might be waiting for a bit, but better to err toward caution. ...Read more

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A vein on the back of my left hand hurts whenever I move it a lot (mostly at work. grabbing plates lifting with my wrists) no idea why this happens..

A vein on the back of my left hand hurts whenever I move it a lot  (mostly at work. grabbing plates lifting with my wrists) no idea why this happens..

Inflamed vein.: Sounds like phlebitis. Bumping the back of the hand could be the culprit. Heat application may help speed the healing along as well as some Advil (ibuprofen) or the like. Of course, as always, if there is no improvement, have it examined by a doctor. ...Read more

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What I think is my pisiform bone has moved to the centre of the back of my left hand and is sticking up :( Any idea what this is and what should I do?

What I think is my pisiform bone has moved to the centre of the back of my left hand and is sticking up :( Any idea what this is and what should I do?

Bony lumps: If you are seeing a bony lump in the back of your hand, you may want to have it looked at by an orthopedic surgeon or a hand surgeon. If there is no pain and it is not bothering you, then it may not require any treatment. An Xray of your wrist and hand would likely show the cause of the lump. ...Read more