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Dr. Gregory Moneta
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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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Will hand of teen grow if thumb fractured.?

Will hand of teen grow if thumb fractured.?

Probably...: The only thumb fracture that might affect growth of the thumb (but not the rest of the hand) would be one through the growth plate of one of the bones of the thumb with its destruction. This might cause a growth disturbance. ...Read more

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There's pain in lower joint of my thumb (the part connecting it to the hand. Could this be a fracture?

There's pain in lower joint of my thumb (the part connecting it to the hand. Could this be a fracture?

It could be.: If you had an injury to the thumb recently, it certainly can be a fracture. If there was no injury, then it may be arthritis of that joint. ...Read more

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I have pain in my hand covering my index finger and thumb. Can't move either one without sever pain. Did I fracture my hand?

I have pain in my hand covering my index finger and thumb. Can't move either one without sever pain. Did I fracture my hand?

Hand pain: Hi MrlinaliniQ,
If you have severe pain where you can barely move your fingers, you need to see a doctor, I would visit the Emergency Department. Your doctor will most likely want to take x-rays of your hand to determine whether a fracture has occurred. ...Read more

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I have pain on top of my right hand between my thumb and index finger. Could there be a broken bone in there? That is what it feels like.

I have pain on top of my right hand between my thumb and index finger. Could there be a broken bone in there? That is what it feels like.

Arthritis: Unless you have fallen or had some significant traums to your hand it would be extremely unlikely that you have a broken bone. The joint at the base of the thumb in that area is the second most common site for arthritis. It affects women about six times as frequently as men -- and no it is not because they work harder -- but due to hormonal effects on the ligament causing them to be looser. ...Read more

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I fell on my hand today and now it hurts to bend my thumb, its bruising and hurts when I'm not using it. Could it be fractured? I also seem to be having shooting pain to my index finger if I try bending it.

Certainly: Certainly could be. Immediate pain in an extremity after falling on it, followed by bruising shortly after are some of the hallmarks of a fracture. Should be iced for 48 hrs, seen by a medical professional asap and x-rayed. ...Read more

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Hand/wrist/thumb trauma from car accident 5 months ago. No fracture, but still cannot apply weight/force. Any way to speed healing?

Hand/wrist/thumb trauma from car accident 5 months ago. No fracture, but still cannot apply weight/force. Any way to speed healing?

5 mo old hand injury: You should immediately be seen by a Hand specialist, One can have injury to the tendons, ligaments which can be equally painful and should be treated! ...Read more

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Question about diagnosis/misdiagnosis of scaphoid fracture. Several months ago a box fell on my hand near the base of my thumb, I was concerned that something may have been broken or fractured, but I had MRI which should bones were intact. How likely tha

Question about diagnosis/misdiagnosis of scaphoid fracture. Several months ago a box fell on my hand near the base of my thumb, I was concerned that something may have been broken or fractured, but I had MRI which should bones were intact. How likely tha

This: This has nothing to do with training, experience or expertise. Some fractures just don't show up despite proper good standard assessment, but the percentages are small. The radiologist who read the study as negative also is trained to do so. To get an idea of the complexity of this question see the links below

an MRI that is read as negative for scaphoid fracture rules out a fracture most of the time.
There can be false negatives and false positives. A MRI will detect variations in the bones trabecular pattern (inside the bone) often associated with negative x-rays. If anything inexperience in reading MRI can lead to over diagnosing a fracture by mri.

Other tests include a ct scan, which is better for cortical (outside) disruption and a bone scan which is less specific


a contused or bruised joint near the base of the thumb especially if there is even a touch of mild arthritis can often take time to feel better

a good way to assess persistent pain several months after injury is to be reevaluated and get new plain x-rays including scaphoid views and be assessed for things other than a scaphoid fracture that can still give wrist pain. ...Read more

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Fell onto my hand yesterday, thumb slightly swollen, aches and is tender. Restricted movement. Cant hold anything heavy. Could it be scaphoid fracture?

Fell onto my hand yesterday, thumb slightly swollen, aches and is tender. Restricted movement. Cant hold anything heavy. Could it be scaphoid fracture?

Yes or a different: Injury such as a metacarpal or pjs legal or joint injury. It can also be a bruise or another type of wrist fracture. So if pain and swelling persist appropriate evaluation and x-rays are needed. ...Read more

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I just hit my hand on something hard and immediately my thumb at the joint became slightly swollen and bruised. It's not hurting unless I mash on it. It is a little numb at the joint, but not bad. Is this most likely a sprain, fracture, or break?

Hard to say: It is really hard to say. If you had significant mechanism to have caused a fracture, you might want to be seen, examined, and get an X-ray. If it was a minimal "bump" you might give it 24-48 hours if rest, ice, elevation and if it seems to have resolved let it go but if not better be seen. ...Read more

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I crushed hand two weeks ago. I got it x-rayed, no fracture. Now I have a small painful lump at the base of pinky finger palm side. What could it be?

I crushed hand two weeks ago. I got it x-rayed, no fracture. Now I have a small painful lump at the base of pinky finger palm side. What could it be?

Painful finger lump: Could be a ganglion cyst, they develop when there is repetitive stress and a crush injury could be stress enough. Sometimes they go away on their own or can be aspirated, rarely need surgical removal. Could also be tendon partial tear (would not see unless MRI) f/ u
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http://www. Assh. Org/handcare/hand-arm-conditions/ganglion-cyst ...Read more

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How long is too long to get pressure released from a crushed thumb? (no broken bones)

How long is too long to get pressure released from a crushed thumb? (no broken bones)

Varies: It varies in part based upon the severity of the pressure involved. If the pressure is severe enough to cause loss of blood flow to the thumb (ischemia), then you have about 6 hours to intervene before necrosis occurs. Good question. ...Read more

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I don't know if my hand is fractured. What are the signs?

I don't know if my hand is fractured. What are the signs?

See your doctor: This is a problem that necessitates a face-to-face meeting with your doctor. This will allow him/her to examine you, ask specific questions. And possibly order tests to find out what's wrong and what to do to help you. ...Read more

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How can you heal a fractured hand?

Depends: There are different bones in the hand. The proper treatment depends on the location of the fracture, which bone is fractured, the displacement or angulation or rotation of the fractured bone. Treatment options include buddy taping, splinting, casting, surgery. ...Read more

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Will a fractured hand ever be the same again?

Will a fractured hand ever be the same again?

Yes: A fractured hand that is set properly and monitored closely should heal well after 6 weeks. More severe fractures may cause some limitations in strength and motion, depending on how they are treated and where exactly the fracture is located. ...Read more

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How long will it take for a fractured hand to heal?

How long will it take for a fractured hand to heal?

Six weeks on average: It depends on what bone in the hand is broken. A scaphoid fracture (the most commonly fractured bone in the carpus (wrist)) generally takes 10-12 weeks to heal, but a garden variety fracture of a metacarpal (the big bones in the palm of the hand) or of a phalanx (the little bones in the fingers) should heal in about six weeks. The healing could be slower in a smoker or a diabetic. ...Read more

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What should I do if my fractured hand healed wrong?

What should I do if my fractured hand healed wrong?

Depends: It sounds as if you had a hand fracture which did not heal in a perfect position. If it's simply a cosmetic issue, and your hand is completely functional, then really nothing needs to be done unless you are concerned about the appearance. However, if your function is affected, then you may have to consider surgery in which an osteotomy (cutting the bone) is done to re-align it - no guarantees tho. ...Read more

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How do you know if your hairline fractured your hand?

Xrays: The only way to know for sure is with an xray. I would recommend it if you still have pain after a couple days. Even if its a hairline fracture, you would need a splint or cast to allow the fracture to heal or it will take a lot longer to get better. ...Read more

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How to know if my hand is broken or sprained or fractured?

Medical eval: It usually requires x-rays (plus medical hx ; physical exam) to correctly diagnose a fracture / sprain. ...Read more

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How long does it take for a fractured hand to heal so that I can lift weights again?

How long does it take for a fractured hand to heal so that I can lift weights again?

6 weeks: Hand fractures generally take six weeks to heal. I would avoid weight lifting until at least six weeks after your injury. Make sure you see an orthopaedic surgeon for a physical exam and x-rays to make sure your bone is healed before you return to weight lifting. ...Read more

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I fractured my hand two days ago. Is it a good idea to keep writing to make it heal faster?

No.: Most non-displaced fractures of the hand bones take 3-4 weeks to heal depending on age and location.
The only type of fracture where I have a hand therapist move the hand early is when a joint is involved in the fracture. ...Read more

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I recently fractured 2 metacarpals in my hand. One was reset and the other wasn't and is very stiff. Is this normal?

I recently fractured 2 metacarpals in my hand. One was reset and the other wasn't and is very stiff. Is this normal?

Yes: Metacarpal fractures can cause a lot of swelling depending on how they were broken. Proper splinting of the hand in the "safe or functional position" is important to minimize later stiffness. Once fractures have healed enough (usually around 3 weeks) hand therapy can be started to decrease swelling and improve range of motion and stiffness. If you can't make a fist you should get therapy. ...Read more

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I got a wrist fractured a T shaped plate was planted in my hand 6 7 months ago its recovered now iam having some issues at my gym while my exercise.

What are your issues: Not sure what your problems are, but generally after surgery for wrist fractures there is some loss of motion of that wrist. This should get better with time but may take over a year to get better on its own. You should check with your surgeon to be sure everything is going ok and they may send you to see a therapist to help you get back to the gym without pain. ...Read more

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I am not sure if my hand has been sprained, fractured or even broken. My hand had bent all the way back and I am not sure what to do and it won't bend?

I am not sure if my hand has been sprained, fractured or even broken. My hand had bent all the way back and I am not sure what to do and it won't bend?

Time for evaluation: You should make an appt. With an orthopedic surgeon. Any of these diagnoses could be correct. The solution could be as easy as a temporary wrist splint, and/or as complex as surgery. Exam and x-rays are the only ways to determine the extent of the injury. ...Read more