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Complete dislocation of pip joint on 3rd finger, deviated toward thumb. Reduced in under 60 sec, no fracture. Healing time?

Complete dislocation of pip joint on 3rd finger, deviated toward thumb.  Reduced in under 60 sec, no fracture. Healing time?

6 wks+: U tore the ulnar collateral ligament. Buddy tape 2 the ring finger. B sure u have seen an ortho 2 confirm no fx. Some use casts but i find there is 2 much loss of motion 2 deal with. ...Read more

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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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What is the treatment for avulsion fracture of the thumb?

What is the treatment for avulsion fracture of the thumb?

It depends: It really matters where the frature is, how large it is and whether or not it involves the articular margin. It can be treated by a splint, cast or even surgery. The specifics would come from a hand surgeon who could tell you the correct treatment. Go see a specialist. ...Read more

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My MRI showed two straight line fractures in left thumb. What's preferred method of treatment? I work in kitchen & must be 100% able, no restrictions.

My MRI showed two straight line fractures in left thumb. What's preferred method of treatment? I work in kitchen & must be 100% able, no restrictions.

A thumb Spica: "cast (now made with more durable material) can generally fit under a glove and as long as you are right hand dominant you might be able to work full duty. Your Orthopedist should review your job description with you and determine if you can work! Hope this helps Dr Z ...Read more

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What are exercises for healing a sprained thumb? I had an ex ray, no fractures. I've been in a splint for 3 weeks, and have more stiffness than pain.

What are exercises for healing a sprained thumb? I had an ex ray, no fractures. I've been in a splint for 3 weeks, and have more stiffness than pain.

Range of motion: exercises will relieve the stiffness of your thumb. It is best to warm your muscles up prior to doing exercises, this can be done by running warm water over your thumb. Then gently move your thumb in all directions, being careful not to cause pain. Do this 3-5 x/day as tolerated. Protect your thumb by wearing the splint while not performing exercises, until the stiffness is improved/resolved. ...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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It's my 4th week of non-displaced scaphoid fracture cast,still having tenderness in my palm and thumb. Does it healing No surgery Cast is for 6 week?

It's my 4th week of non-displaced scaphoid fracture cast,still having tenderness in my palm and thumb.
Does it healing
No surgery
Cast is for 6 week?

Scaphoid fractures: Can take longer than 6 weeks to heal. The cast, if that is the treatment used, can be discontinued only when there is certainty as to the healing. This can take 8 weeks or more and must be verified by new xrays but a times one needs to check healing with advancd studies such as CT scan. A partially healed scaphoid can lead to other problems, non union, pain re injury so patience is important ...Read more

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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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My left thumb got fracture, so how much time it take to recover and am having tournment in november 1st weak so what u say can I play...?

My left thumb got fracture, so how much time it take to recover and am having tournment  in november 1st weak so what u say can I play...?

Depends: It depends on what type of thumb fracture and location. Is the fracture displaced or angulated? Is there an associated ligament tear? Does the fracture involve a joint? What type of tournament? Is this your dominant hand? Can you wear a protective brace during the event? Most low-risk fractures heal in about 6 weeks. Your physician should be able to help you with these decisions. ...Read more

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At MMA last night, injured thumb. Now base of thumb swollen & bruised and feels stiff. Is it fractured? Is it worth wasting hospital time?

At MMA last night, injured thumb. Now base of thumb swollen & bruised and feels stiff. Is it fractured? Is it worth wasting hospital time?

Xray for answer: A simple Xray would determine whether or not you have a fracture at the base of the swollen thumb. Direct palpation (squeezing) of the bone suspected to be fractured is also a great clinical way to determine presence of a fracture. gently squeeze injured bone in a grid type fashion with opposing thumb and index finger. If sudden increase in specific point pain-- highly suspicious for fracture. ...Read more

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Fractured hand dec 10th.. Doctor says its healing fine, still have pain when i put pressure on it.. Should i just push through the pain?

Fractured hand dec 10th.. Doctor says its healing fine, still have pain when i put pressure on it.. Should i just push through the pain?

Pain after fracture: I would say that pain after a fractured hand can take a varying amount of time to heal and feel no pain from, depending on the severity of the initial injury as well as where in particular the fracture ocurred. 4-5 months of continued discomfort in a patient would worry me enough to do a repeat x-ray or MRI to see if there is something complicating your recovery. ...Read more

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How does alcohol affect healing of a fractured hand?

How does alcohol affect healing of a fractured hand?

Alcohol weakens bone: Alcohol weakens bones and interferes with fracture healing. Chronic or excessive use has this effect as seen in : how binge drinking impairs healing of broken bones http://besoci.Al/pdogcg sent from bone feed (http://besoci.Al/gqtckx). ...Read more

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How long does a hand fracture take to heal after intitial treatment?

How long does a hand fracture take to heal after intitial treatment?

Depends: Depends on many factors how bad is the fracture and how good is the vitamin d level and of course all smokers heal slower all fractures take about 2 years to go on to full healing and remodeling but most should be pretty darn solid by 10-12 weeks with hands stiffness is a major issue post injury so early gentle range of motion is important. ...Read more

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Sir, my right hand's 4thmetacarpal is fractured. Fracture is on the head.What should I do for healing it?And how long it will take?What diet should i?

Sir, my right hand's 4thmetacarpal is fractured. Fracture is on the head.What should I do for healing it?And how long it will take?What diet should i?

No special diet: I assume u r under the care of an ortho/hand surgeon. Ur usual diet will suffice, but the thing that will get u in trouble is not following ur surgeons advice ; b 2 active 2 soon. ...Read more

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What is the treatment for hand bone fracture?

What is the treatment for hand bone fracture?

A hand orthopedist.: Any significant hand trauma should be seen urgently. Till then clean skin, and apply ice. An x-ray will generally find fracture, but often when first occurs, may miss a hairline fracture, or one in the many bones of the hand. If clinically suspect even after 'normal' x-ray, may need ct scan, mri, bone scan. A fracture may show up with regular x-ray a bit later, when calcium there. C a hand ortho. ...Read more

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I have a boxer's fracture in my right hand. What are my treatment options?

I have a boxer's fracture in my right hand. What are my treatment options?

Boxers fracture: Treatment depends on the nature of the fracture and the stability. In instances of stable fractures, a minimum of a splint is generally recommended for at least 3 weeks and more commonly 6 weeks. For unstable fractures with shortening, rotation, mal-alignment, displacement, etc, reduction (alignment) and fixation (pins, wires, screws, plates, etc) with casting may be required. ...Read more

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What could have ocurred if the physiotherapy treatment for a fracture is over but now healed hand is delayed.?

Hand physio: If it's your dominant hand, you could be unhappy and faced with long term or progressive restricted hand and finger movement, strength, and coordination. ...Read more

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I have a 3 week old closed fracture on 3rd and 4th metacarpels. It is splinted. My hand is tingling and very warm. Normal healing or er?

I have a 3 week old closed fracture on 3rd and 4th metacarpels. It is splinted. My hand is tingling and very warm. Normal healing or er?

Be seen: I would be seen, have the splint removed, and have your hand examined. You can never be really sure what is going on under a splint. Infection would be one of multiple potential concerns with what you are describing. ...Read more

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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