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Pain And Swelling In Hand With Cast
My husband broke his hand has a half cast on but swelling is gettin worse do i take him back in or is it healing?
Swelling is the enlargement of organs, skin, or other body parts. It is caused by a buildup of fluid in the tissues. The extra fluid can lead to a rapid increase in weight over a short period of time (days to weeks). Swelling can occur all over the body (generalized) or only in one part ...Read more
Probably: Swelling is expected in the first few days to a week after a 1/2 cast is put on. That's why they put the plaster only 1/2 way around to make room for the swelling. Is he keeping his hand elevated as much as possible (above the level of the heart) and in a sling? This is very important. If it is also painful then more important to get it checked. Just swelling you could try better elevation + wait. ...Read more
Would my hand issue require for me to have a cast? The swelling goes up and down never stable. I really need to know so i know how much I have to pay
Not usually: You haven't said what is causing your hand swelling. Swelling related to injuries can be quite variable. Keeping the injured area elevated above heart level will decrease swelling. Keeping your hand down will increase your swelling. Variable swelling can make fitting a cast more difficult, but they are usually cheaper than splints. ...Read more
Probably not: If there was no injury to the hand and it is not painful then it is probably not fractured. Swelling in the hand after an elbow injury especially in a cast is common. The swelling must be controlled with ice, elevation and most importantly keeping the fingers moving. If it becomes severe it can lead to permanent stiffness of the fingers. A good therapist can help controll the swelling. ...Read more
Can a cast be put on a swollen hand, i broke the 5th metacarpal and the swelling will not subside .?
I had a cast on my hand and went to remove it at the hospital today , how long before I regain full flexibility and before the swelling goes away?
Everyone's different: Flexibility will come back gradually as you work on improving your motion. The more consistent you re, the faster it will return. Assuming your fracture healed and your anatomy has been restored, you should exect to regain your full motion eventually. ...Read more
I have a fractured hand, and it's very swollen. Will I have to wait swelling to subside before I get a cast?
Yes they stay: Swelling for a while, usually the swelling go down in 3-4 weeks. ...Read more
Months: Depending on why you had the cast on, it may take several months for swelling to fully resolve. If you had a fracture or surgery, i usually tell my patients that it will take up to a year for everything to get back to normal, and that the wrist may always be a little bigger than it was befor. ...Read more
Swelling has increased 6 days after cast & stitches removed following UCL thumb surgery. is this normal? I'm in a formed splint & only remove it prn.
Is it normal for the wrist to be swollen one month after removing a cast (after a fracture)? How long before the swelling and pain subside?
I can be: After a wrist fracture it is normal to have pain and swelling for many months sometimes as long a 6 months to a year. Therapy can help reduce the swelling and improve your motion. See your doctor to make sure nothing else is going on and that this is normal soreness after a fracture. ...Read more
My son broke his wrist near the radial artery, now it pops when he lifts his arm and has numbness in his thumb. Is this normal? The doctor splinted it until the swelling goes down to have a cast put on.
See Doctor: It could be numerous things including various types of Arthiritis'. Please see a doctor. ...Read more
Swelling may be due : To vibration, muscle fatigue and just regular blood flow, with your hands dependent ie down and working hard, but while some swelling is normal, noticeable swelling is not. Metabolic, blood pressure and endocrine issues come to mind. Gentle elevation and ice works best but if this is a change in behavior of your hands you need to see your pcp and have some basic things checked out! ...Read more
Some suggestions: There are multiple causes, including rheumatic disease, infections, poor circulation, arthritis. Sometimes the initial workup does not yield a diagnosis. I would suggest that you review your records with your primary doctor and discuss all these possibilities. An ESR is a general screening test for inflammation. ...Read more
You don't: Why you want to find your own vein anyway? If your doctor needs to put IV access- your doctor and staff will be able to find the good location. If not, sometimes, an ultrasound is used to guide locate the vein. ...Read more
No see doctor: and have it checked, diagnosed and treated ...Read more
A baby should not have a noticeably swollen hand
see your baby's doctor :
thoughts include circualation issues, congenital issues, infection, soft tissue abnormalities, and a whole host of other things. Assymmetry in one limb vs another should be investgated. ...Read more
See details: It is impossible to know if you are describing joint or soft tissue pain and swelling. The causes depend on the specific areas involved. Have the issue evaluated. ...Read more
Many things: Joint swelling is one of the cardinal features of arthritis. Many forms of arthritis can affect the hands from non inflammatory disease such as osteoarthritis to inflammatory diseases like rheumatoid arthritis and psoriatic arthritis. Many other diseases may have arthritis as part of their overall presentation - like the arthritis of inflammatory bowel disease. There are many many possibilities. ...Read more
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