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Is it okay for my fingernails to grow more slowly on my broken hand?

Is it okay for my fingernails to grow more slowly on my broken hand?

Yes: Change in nutional status]blood flow can change growth rate and injury can do this but usually it is temporary with fractures. ...Read more

Fingernails (Definition)

Fingernails are the hard coverings at the end of fingertips. Nails are made out of a protein called keratin. They function to protect the fingertip and to increase sensitivity of touch. Good hand hygiene and nail care is important to prevent bacterial ...Read more


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What to do about a broken hand?

What to do about a broken hand?

Broken hand: First get a specific diagnosis, i.e. Fracture of the ___________. Then find out how it needs to be treated, ioe a cast, splint, surgery, pins, plates scows, or can it just be observed? X-rays help woth diagnosis and to make treatment decisions. Don't wait as often what happens in the first few weeks make s a huge diffenrece in how long it takes to feel better and what the options are for treating. ...Read more

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How can you treat a broken hand?

How can you treat a broken hand?

Depends on fracture: Depends on fracture. Treatment can be anywhere from taping; to closed reduction and putting in a splint; to surgery with internal fixation. The treatment options should be discussed with your surgeon. And fyi, there are orthopedic surgeons who just do hand surgery if you are looking for an appropriate physician for consultation and treatment. ...Read more

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What would a broken hand look like?

What would a broken hand look like?

Movies are wrong: Hands can not stand up to punching things, unprotected!
pain, swelling, bruising, new angles. Get to your doc. These are your most valuable tools in your tool box. Waiting worsens outcome. ...Read more

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How to exercise with a broken hand?

How to exercise with a broken hand?

Difficult question: To answer without knowing more about your fracture, as in how old, in a cast, exactly what type/severity of fracture. In general, you should be able to utilize an exercise/stationary bicycle (more so a recumbent rather than an upright). If you are looking for input about how much upper extremity function you have, review this with the surgeon. ...Read more

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How do I know if I have a broken hand?

How do I know if I have a broken hand?

Xray: A history, physical exam, and xray could help determine if you have a broken hand. Typically after an injury you may experience significant pain to the broken region, swelling, and inability to move that part of the body. Xray's have been the best diagnostic tool to confirm a fracture (usually 2-3 views), however there are other modalities. ...Read more

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How is child with broken hand treated?

How is child with broken hand treated?

Depends: Thorough exam to make sure no nerves/arteries are involved. Pain medications. Clean up and suture if necessary, any open lacerations. Splint the acute injury. See orthopedic surgeon for definitive eval and cast if necessary. ...Read more

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What should I do to address a broken hand?

What should I do to address a broken hand?

See a hand surgeon.: Assuming you have already had an x-ray of your hand, the next step is to see an orthopaedic hand surgeon for further evaluation. Non-displaced fractures usually need immobilization, where as displaced fractures may need surgery. Hand fractures usually take about 6 weeks to heal. Therapy is often needed to improve range of motion and strength after treatment. ...Read more

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What are some of the symptoms of broken hand?

What are some of the symptoms of broken hand?

Many: Pain, swelling, burising, or limited range of motion may be signs of a broken bone. ...Read more

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What are some of the symptoms of a broken hand?

What are some of the symptoms of a broken hand?

Pain and deformity: Usually there is pain, swelling and some deformity - crepitus or the sound of bone ends rubbing can also be present. ...Read more

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How can you check for a broken hand?

How can you check for a broken hand?

X-ray: Taking an x-ray is the only way to be sure that you have a fracture. ...Read more

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How do you splint a broken hand?

How do you splint a broken hand?

It depends: Splinting of the hand is a lot more complex than you might imagine. Different fractures require different types of splinting. Some fractures require surgery. If you splint a particular fracture in the wrong manner it can actually make the deformity worse. It is best to see a hand surgeon to determine the best type of splinting necessary. ...Read more

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Would my broken hand heal in a splint?

Would my broken hand heal in a splint?

Treatments are: Variable depending on the type of fracture. Please follow your orthopedic surgeon/ hand surgeon's advice. ...Read more

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Could you move your fingers with a broken hand?

Could you move your fingers with a broken hand?

Yes: Yes, usually you could still move your fingers. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of broken hand near thumb?

Swelling: Swelling, pain, inability to move, sometimes numbness. Diagnosis confirmed by x-ray ...Read more

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Why am I so tired while my broken hand is healing?

Why am I so tired while my broken hand is healing?

Not too abnormal: The body reacts to injury in a limited number of ways. It is common to be easily fatigued after injury (including surgery.) this is your body telling you to slow down to promote uncomplicated healing. If soon after the injury, I would listen to your body! ...Read more

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How long will you need painkillers for a broken hand?

How long will you need painkillers for a broken hand?

Variable: Depends on how bad things are and how you yourself seem to take pain. Some patients barely use any pain killers. Some use unreasonable amounts. Typical is about 3-6 weeks. ...Read more

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I have a broken hand. Why is my fingers turning black?

I have a broken hand. Why is my fingers turning black?

GET CARE RIGHT NOW!: IMMEDIATELY contact the doctor (or emergency department) where your fracture was diagnosed. If that's not possible or you haven't yet seen a doctor, GET CARE RIGHT NOW, even if it means a middle of the night visit to an emergency department. Maybe it's just bruising from the injury, but if the skin truly is turning black, this could be very dangerous, with risk of losing your fingers. ...Read more

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How long does it take for a broken hand to heal in cast?

How long does it take for a broken hand to heal in cast?

Fracture: Varies depending on severity of fracture, displacement, age of patient, smoking status, etc. In general, most fractures that are minimally displaced will heal in 6-8 wks. Most displaced fractures can take longer and may not heal at all. Surgery may be needed to approximate the ends of the bone if widely separated. ...Read more

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If I have a possible broken hand, do I go to the ER to get checked?

If I have a possible broken hand, do I go to the ER to get checked?

Yes: Only definitive way to determine the extent and location of a fracture would be an x-ray which you would have done at the er. ...Read more

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What can you use to stabilize your broken hand when you take your cast off?

What can you use to stabilize your broken hand when you take your cast off?

A splint: Typically a thermoplastic splint which can be intermittently removed will be fashioned with gentle range of motion exercise instituted under supervision. ...Read more

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What can I do to heal my broken hand faster? Should I stretch each of the fingers every day?

What can I do to heal my broken hand faster? Should I stretch each of the fingers every day?

Don't Disturb it: Moving your fingers, as it becomes indicated, will help to decrease stiffness, but the healing process continues unabated in a healthy patient. It is very difficult to enhance, but easily slowed down if not careful. ...Read more

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If I have a broken hand, am I allowed to take off the cast, or would it be much too painful?

If I have a broken hand, am I allowed to take off the cast, or would it be much too painful?

Do not remove: The cast is stabilizing the fracture to prevent it from shifting and to allow it to heal in an anatomic position. Do not remove the cast as fracture may not teal or heal in an abnormal pattern. Pain is not the issue. ...Read more

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What are signs of a hand fracture?

What are signs of a hand fracture?

Pain: There are several signs. The most obvious one is a deformity. Without a deformity, then in the setting of recent trauma you would be looking for moderate to severe pain and swelling. There is usually a limited range of motion of the affected area. Sometimes you can feel a clicking or stepoff at the area of the fracture. Some fractures can cause a rotational deformity of the finger ...Read more

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What could cause broken hand?

What could cause broken hand?

Usually trauma: Traumatic fracture is most common (due to striking the hand on something or an accident). Less common are stress fractures (due to repetitive small traumas or overuse) and pathological fractures (due to underlying medical conditions or metastatic processes). Tall to your doc about what might be the cause of your fracture. Usually a physical exam and x-ray are the first steps. ...Read more

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Can you suggest exercises for my broken hand?

Can you suggest exercises for my broken hand?

Heal first: You need to be treated - splint or cast- to heal the bone first. Once cleared by your doc, then specific exercises would be shown to you to regain your strength. ...Read more

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What is causing pain in a previously broken hand?

Hand fractures: Can heal often if treated but there are many structures in the hand that combine to give function. Adjacent joints may be slightly arthritiic and be inflamed, tendons and ligaments can be stiff or tight, skin can stay swollen, joints can be inflamed. Muscles can be weak from injury or disuse. Pain in some degree can be from even a slight subtle change in mechanics. Handtherapy can help at times. ...Read more

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What are common deformities due to a broken hand?

What are common deformities due to a broken hand?

Swelling, rotation: Or angualr deviation, stiffness, contacture, tightness, thickeing over a joint, are some deformities. By saying they are common deformities it doesn not mean they commonly occur but it says if there is deformity then these are some common types of that deformity. ...Read more

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I've had a broken hand for 4 months can they still fix it?

Fracture: Healing is ususally complete within the first 2 months, but not always. And occasionally bones heal but in the wrong position. So, the first question is whether it's in fact healed. Next, if it's healed but in an abnormal position, is it bothering you? And then, if it's bothering you can it be improved functionally without surgery. Good luck. ...Read more

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Is a broken hand always casted?

Is a broken hand always casted?

No: No, it depends on the specific type of break; but they are not always casted. ...Read more

Hand Fracture (Definition)

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