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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. Mark Galland
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Splint (Definition)

A splint can be any type of external protection device designed to shield a bone or joint from injury. It may be used prophylactically to prevent injury or protect an injured bone or ...Read more


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In thumb spica splint for suspected scaphoid fracture. Pain in entire thumb area while in splint normal?

In thumb spica splint for suspected scaphoid fracture. Pain in entire thumb area while in splint normal?

Yes and no: If the thumb is swollen then the cast may become too tight, yes, if there is no swelling have the cast rechecked, it may need to be redone. In the meantime elevate your hand above your heart for 15-20 minutes to see if that reduces the pain/swelling and call your dr. ...Read more

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Managing Shin Splints (Checklist)

Get an osteopathic examination done of your neck, spine, hips, and legs
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Check for low arches or flat feet
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Don't wear old orthotics that are full of foot molds
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Will thumb/wrist fractures always casted?

Will thumb/wrist fractures always casted?

Usually: Casts can't be removed. A reliable patient can sometimes be treated with a removable brace. ...Read more

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Do compression sleeves help shin splints?

Do compression sleeves help shin splints?

No: But they may make you feel better. Shin Splints usually improve after a reduction of activity for a few weeks. ...Read more

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Pateller strain or tibia shin splints?

Pateller strain or tibia shin splints?

Depends: Depends where the pain is. Patellar tendonitis pain is higher up near the knee cap, and shin splints are lower down on the inner aspect of the tibia bone. ...Read more

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Is a mid-shaft spasmodic femur fracture best immobilized using fixation or traction splinting?

Is a mid-shaft spasmodic femur fracture best immobilized using fixation or traction splinting?

Surgery, not always: Operative stabilization of femoral shaft fractures has been shown to improve overall outcome in most cases. This is dependent upon the patient being stable enough to withstand surgery and the ability of the surgical team to be able to gain stabilization of the fracture (may be affected by previous hardware, bone quality, deformity, patient reliability, limb control and other factors. ...Read more

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Broke wrist cast off play football?

Broke wrist cast off play football?

Fx's heal in 6-10 wk: Most fractures treated in a cast, whether fixed by surgery or not, take between 6 and 10 weeks to heal. After a brief period of rehabilitation out of the cast, normal activities can soon resume. Your treating orthopaedic surgeon will no best in your specific case when contact sports such as football can safely resume. ...Read more

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Do podiatrist recommended bunion splints?

Do podiatrist recommended bunion splints?

No: Bunion splints are not effective so they are not recommended. Although some stores may sell them, it's a marketing gimmick (snake oil) because a splint will not correct bone deformity. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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Finger splint for deformation for fingers?

Finger splint for deformation for fingers?

Possibly: There are some deformities of the fingers that we do use splints for. I would not hesitate to see a hand specialist to discuss the specifics of your case. ...Read more

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Will a wrist brace help a torn/loose wrist ligament?

Will a wrist brace help a torn/loose wrist ligament?

Depends: The answer is dependent on the extent of the injury, whether the tendon is just a minor "tear" or a disruption. This is impossible to DX without an exam In the meantime, a brace will help protect from further injury. But you need to see your DR for an exam. ...Read more

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Broken wrist with cast, running allowed?

Broken wrist with cast, running allowed?

broken wrist: Sometimes, but this depends on the stability of the fracture. Please discuss with your orthopedic surgeon. ...Read more

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Can you wear ankle fracture boot instead of cast?

Can you wear ankle fracture boot instead of cast?

Ankle Fracture Boot: It depends on why you need the cast versus the boot. Sometimes you need to start with a cast and transition to a boot. Some physicians will use a boot or a cast depending on the severity of the injury. ...Read more

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Is cast or boot better for ankle fracture?

Depends: It really depends on the type of ankle fracture you have but in general a cast is better for most fractures to best immobilize the bones so the fracture heals in place properly especially if you had surgical correction with orif. ...Read more

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Will kt tape help pain from dequervains tenosynovitis?

Will kt tape help pain from dequervains tenosynovitis?

Maybe: Some people get mild temporary relief of tenosynovitis with kt tape, and if it works for you then that is great. It will probably not be a good long term solution, however. You should see your Doctor for additional treatments and therapy to prevent recurrent symptoms. ...Read more

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Had boxers fracture in splint for 14 days. Can i take off splint and buddy splint and wrap my metacarpal bones 2-5 in self adherent wrap?

Had boxers fracture in splint for 14 days. Can i take off splint and buddy splint and wrap my metacarpal bones 2-5 in self adherent wrap?

Depends on healing: I do allow buddy taping of the 5th and 4th fingers for a 5th metacarpal fracture once the fracture has stabilized. Fracture stability is indicated by lack of new displacement and angulation plus the presence of new bone on the x-rays, indicating healing. ...Read more

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Is immobilization necessary for cuboid stress fracture?

Is immobilization necessary for cuboid stress fracture?

Foot fracture=rest: Definitely no motion! rest it completely until it heals. Never take a fracture in the foot for granted! ...Read more

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Stiff jammed finger avulsion fracture 2 months?

Stiff jammed finger avulsion fracture 2 months?

Follow up: While an avulsion fracture usually heals well on its own with time, if you are still having stiffness two months out, you need to follow up with a hand specialist or orthopedic surgeon for evaluation. Waiting too much longer may prevent anything more from being done to increase your motion. ...Read more

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Foot fracture or sprain if ankle tight?

Foot fracture or sprain if ankle tight?

Need X-ray: You need to get your foot/ankle checked and x-rays taken in order to determine if a fracture is present. If this is a recent injury, the tightness can be from swelling from both conditions. However, it is important to diagnose the correct condition so proper treatment can be rendered. ...Read more

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Can I use a soft physiothrpyhand exerciser ball for stiffness of wrist and hand aftr cast ,kwires removal bennet fracture?

Can I use a soft physiothrpyhand exerciser ball for stiffness of wrist and hand aftr cast ,kwires removal bennet fracture?

Yes: Yes, but soft clay might be better as a ball will not allow the range of motion of your fingers to omprive ...Read more