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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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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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