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Dr. Jan Lei Iwata
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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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How to tell if I fractured a bone in my hand?

How to tell if I fractured a bone in my hand?

Pain swelling: Pain swelling discoloration, deformity are all signs that a fracture may be present. X-rays are a generally accepted way of confirmation. ...Read more

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In what way can you tell if you fractured a bone in your hand?

In what way can you tell if you fractured a bone in your hand?

Fractures: Typically are associated with significant pain, swelling, bruising, loss of function, deformity and possibly instability of the involved limb or joint. IF you think you have a fracture seek help as immediately as possible and evaluation by Xray and an orthopedic specialist. ...Read more

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Can someone tell me how long will a fractured bone on the hand take to heal?

Can someone tell me how long will a fractured bone on the hand take to heal?

Typically: An adult takes 6-8 weeks for a bone to heal. Often for a nondisplaced finger fracture after three weeks one can begin range of motion if pain is minimal even tho it is not fully healed. Wrist fractures take longer generally. These are just loose recommendations as treatment needs to be monitored and supervised. ...Read more

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Can you tell me what is done for a broken bone in hand that has healed?

Can you tell me what is done for a broken bone in hand that has healed?

Depends: If no pains: Or deformity or any complaints, we can leave it be, and maybe get some pt;
if there is deformity we assess how does it affect the function of the hand? Then there is a possibility that in surgery we break the bone and realign it, then fix it. ...Read more

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I have fracture in my left wrist 4 years ago and I feel that my bone grow what should I do and please tell is there any medicine to cure or to stop it?

Wrist fx: 15 year old with wrist fx, totally heals within 4-6 months. So any ongoing discomfort is not related to any ongoing bone growing. You need to be seen by an orthopedic dr for an evaluation ...Read more

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I fractured a bone in my hand. What are some exercises I can do to make it stronger faster?

I fractured a bone in my hand. What are some exercises I can do to make it stronger faster?

None: Exercises are for muscles. Normal, unbroken bones benefit from exercise in that stressing the bone forces it to constantly remodel itself, thus keeping itself strong. But you have a broken bone, and it needs to heal. That doesn't mean you can't exercise; a physical therapist can give you gentle exercises for the surrounding muscles that will keep them strong while allowing the bone to heal. ...Read more

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What to do if I think I broke, fractured, or dislocated a bone in my hand.?

What to do if I think I broke, fractured, or dislocated a bone in my hand.?

See hand specialist: See a hand surgeon. You can start with your primary doctor or urgent care, but a hand specialist is probably your best choice. ...Read more

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Hi, I think I may have fractured my 5th metacarpal bone in my hand. Need help! Not sure if it is or not?

Hi, I think I may have fractured my 5th metacarpal bone in my hand. Need help! Not sure if it is or not?

Get x ray: Its important you find out since metacarpal bones need to heal correctly. I advise you see your Primary Care Provider or go to an URGENT care clinic for an xray and possible casting/splinting!! ...Read more

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

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

Broken hand bones: For simple uncomplicated fractures in fingers or the metacarpals (long bones) take 6-8 weeks to heal, however some wrist bones such as the scaphoid and others may take longer as the blood supply in these is not as straightforward. Open fractures and higher energy injuries may take longer. The quality of the soft tisse and nerve supply and circulation in an injury zone may lengthen healing times. ...Read more

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Can a bone not heal right, if it did fracture (a bone in my hand)?

Can a bone not heal right, if it did fracture (a bone in my hand)?

Yes: Small bones of wrist (carpal bones) will not heal as the blood supply to distal part is cut of, see hand surgeon, or ortho surgeon who treat hand injuries. ...Read more

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How long does a fractured bone on the hand take to heal?

How long does a fractured bone on the hand take to heal?

Depends: Hand fractures can take anywhere from two to eight weeks to heal. This depends on your age (we heal faster when we are young), and the location and severity of the fracture. ...Read more

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How long is it supposed to it take for a broken bone in your hand to recover?

How long is it supposed to it take for a broken bone in your hand to recover?

A fracture in adults: Varies in what one would consider recovery based upon location, mechanism of injury, the nature of the fracture, soft tissue, associated injury, general health, associated conditions and many many factors. Average time for a nondisplaced fracture in a healthy adult is 6-8 weeks but full bone strength will be longer. There are times fractures r moved when stable even if not healed fully. ...Read more

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I fractured 9 bones in my hand due to a high energy trauma but felt no pain. How come such an injury was painless?

I fractured 9 bones in my hand due to a high energy trauma but felt no pain. How come such an injury was painless?

Why you are worrying: If you should have or you should not have pain? If it is broken needs to be fixed. See a doctor to have it fixed. ...Read more

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What happens after you get your cast off of the broken bone in your hand?

What happens after you get your cast off of the broken bone in your hand?

Exercise: It will take some time and exercise to regain strength and motion in after a hand fracture. Most of the time the exercises can be done at home but if the hand is very stiff working with a physical or occupational therapist may be of benefit. ...Read more

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I fell and landed on my right hand. Went to the hospital and no broken bones. My hand and rist is hurts real bad and I hurt it again. What's wrong?

Likely a sprain: Soft tissue injury to the wrist (sprain) can cause localized pain, swelling, and decreased ability to use the wrist normally. X-rays are taken to rule out fracture, and/or a less obvious subluxation or dislocation of juxtaposed bones of the hand and wrist. Sprain-related pain subside rapidly with limitations of use and perhaps immobilization. Persistent pain mandates orthopaedic evaluation. ...Read more

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What are some symptoms of a broken hand compared to a sprain without a broken bone?

What are some symptoms of a broken hand compared to a sprain without a broken bone?

Often the same: Symptoms of hand fracture and sprain include pain, swelling and decreased motion. Hand fractures and sprains can occur from similar mechanisms of injury. Moreover, what looks like a simple sprain can be a complex fracture that requires treatment (immobilization or surgery). Therefore, it is important to be evaluated if symptoms from hand/finger injuries don't improve after a few days. ...Read more

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My hand was fractured in 2004 and still I feel muscle weakness along wiyh the bones. What should I do for its recovery?

My hand was fractured in 2004 and still I feel muscle weakness along wiyh the bones. What should I do for its recovery?

Little: 9 years later the nerve that supplied those muscles is definitely permanently damaged. A course of hand therapy would probably do little unless there was evidence that decompressing the nerve would somehow restore nerve function and muscle strength in the muscles supplied by that nerve; e.g. A car with a clogged gas filter will have no power no matter how hard you step on the accelerator. ...Read more

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Can a ligament tear in my hand heal by itself. I have a broken bone a partial tear of one ligament and a complete tear of another?

Potentially: Yes, there are certainly cases where ligament injuries can completely heal non surgically, and others not. It really depends more on the specific injury. I would not hesitate to discuss directly with a hand specialist. ...Read more

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The hand specialists said it isn't a fracture it is normal to have some bone pulled away is this true or should I get another opinion?

Hard to say: It is hard to say with out more specific information about what you are referring to. I sure would not hesitate to get a second opinion if there is any question. ...Read more

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What are the tests for hand bone fracture?

What are the tests for hand bone fracture?

Exam and X-ray: Any significant hand trauma should be seen urgently. Till then clean skin, and apply ice. An x-ray will generally find fracture, but often when first occurs, may miss a hairline fracture, or one in the many bones of the hand. If clinically suspect even after 'normal' x-ray, may need ct scan, mri, bone scan. A fracture may show up with regular x-ray a bit later, when calcium there. C a hand ortho. ...Read more

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I'm concerned. What symptoms go with hand bone fracture?

Tenderness deformity: Usually tenderness, bruising (bleeding from the fracture) and if displaced at times deformity. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: Hand bone fracture?

What is the definition or description of: Hand bone fracture?

Quite simple, it-: -is a fracture of any bone in the hand, of which there R many, & if U include the wrist, add 6 more. The # in the hand is about 19. ...Read more

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What are the common presenting symptoms of hand bone fracture?

What are the common presenting symptoms of hand bone fracture?

Hand fracture: If the fracture is subtle then there may just be little or no swelling. The more severe the fracture the more swelling you will see. There also may be a gross deformity present if the fracture is displaced. ...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

Bone (Definition)

Bone is a living growing tissue made mostly of collagen (protein that provides soft framework) & the mineral calcium phosphate that adds strength & hardens the framework. Two types of bone are found in the body; cortical (dense compact outer layer) & trabecular (makes up inner layer, ...Read more