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What is the healing time for hairline hand fracture?

What is the healing time for hairline hand fracture?

6 weeks: Most fractures heal in 6 weeks. Diabetics and smokers tend to heal more slowly. It also depends on which bone is fractured. A phalanx or metacarpal fracture should heal in 6 weeks or so, but a scaphoid fracture of the wrist usually takes more on the order of 8-10 weeks to heal. ...Read more

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Dr. Andrew Berry
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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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Can you have a hairline fracture in your hand and still have movement?

Can you have a hairline fracture in your hand and still have movement?

Yes: A hairline fracture is usually very stable, so hand movement will be possible. Most hand fractures are treated with casting or splinting for several weeks, followed by a brief course of hand therapy. ...Read more

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What can cause a hand fracture?

What can cause  a hand fracture?

Almost anything...: The hands are very often injured because they are our connection to the outside world. Symptoms and signs of hand fractures include pain, deformity, point tenderness, swelling. They can be caused by direct blows to the hand, twisting injuries, and crush injuries. ...Read more

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How is a hand fracture typically treated?

How is a hand fracture typically treated?

Immobilization: Any fracture will need to be immobilized. In the case of a hand fracture, the hand would be placed in a cast for approximately 4-6 weeks. ...Read more

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What does it meant to have a common hand fracture?

What does it meant to have a common hand fracture?

Depends...: I don't know where you were given the descriptor 'common'. This is not a medical term for a particular pattern of hand fracture but likely refers to a fracture seen commonly either in the hand or in that particular fracture you sustained. ...Read more

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What tests are necessary to diagnose a hand fracture?

What tests are necessary to diagnose a hand fracture?

X-ray: X-rays are still considered the standard for diagnosing fractures of the hand. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: hand fracture?

What is the definition or description of: hand fracture?

Fracture: A fracture (break) of one of the bones in the hand. Most commonly a metacarpal or phalangeal fracture. ...Read more

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How to treat a spiral hand fracture?

How to treat a spiral hand fracture?

Splint and boddy : Tapping of the two finger together, surgery may be needed if you can not control rotation. ...Read more

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What is more pain: a hand fracture or a dislocation?

What is more pain: a hand fracture or a dislocation?

Varies: Both can be quite painful depending on the patients pain threshold, type of dislocation and severity of fracture. Prompt treatment is required and preferred to restore normal alignment and protective spilinting to a fracture or dislocation. ...Read more

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Do you get a cast for hand fracture?

Do you get a cast for hand fracture?

Depends: Depending on the severity and location of the fracture, you would be placed either in a cast or a splint. If the fracture involves multiple fragments of bone or extends into a joint or the fragments have separated significantly, you need surgery to fix the bones with screws and plates. ...Read more

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Why does my hand fracture have a pulsating feeling?

Why does my hand fracture have a pulsating feeling?

Not elevated: The blood supply to the hand is so good that any injury will throb for 2-4 days after injury or surgery. Keeping the injured part above the level of the heart will minimize this. Throbbing after this interval may represent a problem that should be evaluated by your treating doctor. ...Read more

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What is the difference between a hand fracture and a hand sprain?

What is the difference between a hand fracture and a hand sprain?

Exam and imaging: hand fractures may seen on standard x-rays and additional studies such as bone scan or MRI may be helpful sprains may be postivie finding in that here is no fracture but bones may be out of linel. A careful history and exam is also very important as you correctly implied it can be confusing so seek out so called experts such as a hand surgeon ...Read more

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What is the difference between a hand sprain and a hand fracture?

A lot: A sprain is an injury of the tendons or ligaments. A fracture is a broken bone. Both can be a serious problem even requiring surgical treatment. Others may require only splinting or casting and others may not require anything except time and restricted activities in order to heal. ...Read more

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Can you suggest simple exercises for my left hand fracture and back pain?

Can you suggest simple exercises for my left hand fracture and back pain?

Yes after healed: Fractures need to be immobilized not exercised. Once the fracture has healed then warm soaks will help to loosen the stiff hand joints. You can squeeze a washcloth in the warm water or out of water squeeze a soft spongy ball. A walking program is one of the simplest and best treatments for back pain. ...Read more

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How long should I expect swelling after removing cast off hand (fracture, cast lasted 4 weeks)?

How long should I expect swelling after removing cast off hand (fracture, cast lasted 4 weeks)?

Long Time: It is normal for you to have sorness, swelling and stiffness in your hand for many months. Occupational therapy can help get this worked out faster. ...Read more

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How long before a hand fracture heals?

How long before a hand fracture heals?

Rather quickly...: Compared to other bones. Hand fractures are often healed in 3-4 weeks. At that point they will often not appear to be healed on xrays but these lag behind the actual healing. Because stiffness in the hand is much more common than poor fracture healing, immobilization of hand fractures needs to be for as short a time as possible. ...Read more

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How to tell if I have a hand fracture?

How to tell if I have a hand fracture?

Multiple signs: - Swelling - Deformity of the wrist/ hand - Significant pain - Inability to move your wrist - Unable to move your fingers - Tingling in the fingers and hand when moving wrist - Change in color of the hand ...Read more

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What can I do to relieve a hand fracture?

What can I do to relieve a hand fracture?

Hand fracture: Initial management includes continuous elevation above heart level of the injured hand, as well as continuous ice. Immobilization with a splint is helpful. Correct treatment requires correct diagnosis, so have an x-ray and see a hand specialist. ...Read more

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How is a hand fracture typically diagnosed?

X-Rays: The most commonly used diagnostic tool for broken bones is an x-ray. ...Read more

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Dr. Jeffrey Wint
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Broken Bone (Definition)

Is it broken or fractured is a question I am often asked. The answer is basically that a broken or fractured bone is the same thing. A fracture means a break in the cortex or the strong layer of outer bone cells. In an adult the average time for that to heal varies greatly but is often considered to ...Read more


Hand Fracture (Definition)

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