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What Are Some Of The Signs Of A Broken Or Fractured Hand
Pain, Swelling: Pain, swelling, tenderness.Get a more detailed answer ›
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
Pain: There are several signs. The most obvious one is a deformity. Without a deformity, then in the setting of recent trauma you would be looking for moderate to severe pain and swelling. There is usually a limited range of motion of the affected area. Sometimes you can feel a clicking or stepoff at the area of the fracture. Some fractures can cause a rotational deformity of the finger ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Several: After your doctor has removed the cast or approved it, you can start your own home physiotherapy by reducing swelling/stiffness. Common methods involve increasing motion often easiest in a hot bath. Use massage with the other hand to push swelling out of the hand (up the arm direction) and actively and passively move the joints of the hand as tolerated. Elevation and compression can help also. ...Read more
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Did i wait too long to get a cast on my very slightly fractured hand? Would i heal abnormally? It has been a week and 2 days.
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