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Metacarpal spiral fracture -- cast or splint?

Metacarpal spiral fracture -- cast or splint?

Either one ma y be: Used. If the fracture is felt to be potentially unstable a cast may be more likley selected if it is felt that the full time presence of that cast vs. The tendency to remove a splint make a difference . The issue with spiral fractures is to check rotation by genty making a fist to make sure the finger is not rotated and needing of a reduction or surgery ( internal fixation ). ...Read more

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Dr. Raj Singh
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Cast (Definition)

Children's bones will usually heal and remodel themselves, if they are kept in the correct position. Immobilization casts are one effective way to do this, while also protecting ...Read more


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Broke 4th metacarpal and cut off my cast. Will I be crippled?

Broke 4th metacarpal and cut off my cast. Will I be crippled?

No, but...: If you don't let a fracture heal properly you run the risk of decreased function in your hand and residual pain. Let your doc know you cut it off - maybe they can work with you to find something better or make it more comfortable! ...Read more

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I broke my 1st metacarpal. Will I need a cast?

I broke my 1st metacarpal. Will I need a cast?

Depends: If the fracture does not involve the joint at the base of the thumb metacarpal (i hope you are talking about the thumb!) you probably just need a cast or splint. If it does involve the joint, you may need an operation, as misalignment of this joint surface will predispose you to early arthritis there. ...Read more

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Hi i have a break in my hand metacarpal bone i have a cast on and last week my cousin kicked a hard oneils ball of it now my hand is painful?

Hi i have a break  in my hand metacarpal bone i have a cast on and last week my cousin kicked a hard oneils ball of  it now my hand is painful?

Be checked: If you have a known fracture, had another injury, and now the hand is hurting more, I would have it checked.the cast needs to be checked to make sure it is still well fitting, and an X-ray should be considered to make sure the fracture is still in good alignment. ...Read more

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My son plays baseball has a minor fracture in his 2nd metacarpal bone he's in a cast for 2 more weeks when can he start throwing again?

My son plays baseball has a minor fracture in his 2nd metacarpal bone he's in a cast for 2 more weeks when can he start throwing again?

Slow rehab : Please discuss his recovery with his orthopaedic surgeon. 3-6 weeks average. Slow and gradual return to activity and remember he has a long life ahead of him and needs to heal this completely before he resumes baseball activity. Sorry he is missing out but give him time to heal. Till then keep him active running, biking. See the AAOS.org website. Good luck ...Read more

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I fractured my 5th metacarpal how long will I need cast?

I fractured my 5th metacarpal how long will I need cast?

It depend: Were the located, in the proximal end , the shaft or the distal end and if displaced or not , simple fracture take about 6 weeks. ...Read more

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My 14 yr old son broke his metacarpal 3.5 weeks ago.It has been casted from day 1 of break. What are the chances he can get his cast off tomorrow?

My 14 yr old son broke his metacarpal 3.5 weeks ago.It has been casted from day 1 of break. What are the chances he can get his cast off tomorrow?

Ask the ortho: This question requires a lot of knowledge of the break, and a determination of how it's healing. I'm assuming you have an appointment tomorrow to assess this very thing. I would never plan on getting it off by scheduling something he needs it for the next day, but if it's healed well, there's a chance. ...Read more

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I have a broken 4th metacarpal. Is there any risks in using an ulnar gutter splint over a plaster cast so I can still use my other fingers?

I have a broken 4th metacarpal. Is there any risks in using an ulnar gutter splint over a plaster cast so I can still use my other fingers?

Not if it maintains-: the reduction if done or if no displacement. Also as long as Ur ortho watches it closely the first couple-3 wks. Also if alignment is good with no rotation at all & is a stable Fx. Also it on U not 2 abuse Ur hand & splint, treat it with care. The image shows unstable Fx' that need pins or pins & screws/plates ...Read more

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I had three metacarpals fractured one almost broken all the way through and set in the cast one of my fingers has constant pain is this normal?

I had three metacarpals fractured one almost broken all the way through and set in the cast one of my fingers has constant pain is this normal?

Cast: It is normal to have pain with broken bones but if this pain is new you need to call your orthopedist. There may be a problem with the cast. Make sure you elevate your hand, rest it on pillows above the level of your heart. If this alleviates your pain, it may have just been due to swelling, if the pain persists you need to be seen. ...Read more

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Can a cast be put on a swollen hand, i broke the 5th metacarpal and the swelling will not subside .?

Can a cast be put on a swollen hand, i broke the 5th metacarpal  and the swelling will not subside .?

Yes: Cast can be applied but one must be careful and alert for possible cast problems casts are often put on while swollen but swelling will gradually decrease watch out for any numbness in your fingers or changes to circulation. ...Read more

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I have a "severe bone bruise" of the metacarpals and was placed in a cast they dr said they would call back for follow-up how long will wear this cast?

If the bone: is not broken, generally the will leave the splint or cast on for 1-2 weeks. If there is a fracture, usually the cast stays on for 4-6 weeks. At your next doctor visit, they will probably take another Xray to make sure there was not a small fracture that didn't show up on the first Xray. Hope this helps! ...Read more