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What would a broken hand look like?

What would a broken hand look like?

Movies are wrong: Hands can not stand up to punching things, unprotected!
pain, swelling, bruising, new angles. Get to your doc. These are your most valuable tools in your tool box. Waiting worsens outcome. ...Read more

Hand Fracture (Definition)

A fracture (break) of one of the bones in the hand. Most commonly a ...Read more


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Does a broken hand hurt once cast is removed?

Does a broken hand hurt once cast is removed?

Yes: It usually does. Be careful with it, it takes more time out of the cast to fully heal. ...Read more

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How much does a broken hand cast weigh?

How much does a broken hand cast weigh?

Suprisingly a cast: Is often lighter than you think, less than a pound often. But it is inconvenient at times, weight that you may not be sued to holding all the time and often the part that the cast is on is not being utilized normally. Gentle elevation while sleeping woth apilow on the chest often hels swelling which can also make th hand feel "heavy"
slings are ok but be careful that a sling is not overused. ...Read more

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How is broken hand treated?

How is broken hand treated?

Depends on: The break. If the fracture is in good alignment it may be treated by casting. If it is poorly aligned it may require manipulation then casting. If unable to align the bones with manipulation or if the fracture is unstable it may require surgery to pin or plate the fracture. ...Read more

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What could cause broken hand?

What could cause broken hand?

Usually trauma: Traumatic fracture is most common (due to striking the hand on something or an accident). Less common are stress fractures (due to repetitive small traumas or overuse) and pathological fractures (due to underlying medical conditions or metastatic processes). Tall to your doc about what might be the cause of your fracture. Usually a physical exam and x-ray are the first steps. ...Read more

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What to do about a broken hand?

What to do about a broken hand?

Broken hand: First get a specific diagnosis, i.e. Fracture of the ___________. Then find out how it needs to be treated, ioe a cast, splint, surgery, pins, plates scows, or can it just be observed? X-rays help woth diagnosis and to make treatment decisions. Don't wait as often what happens in the first few weeks make s a huge diffenrece in how long it takes to feel better and what the options are for treating. ...Read more

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How can you treat a broken hand?

How can you treat a broken hand?

Depends on fracture: Depends on fracture. Treatment can be anywhere from taping; to closed reduction and putting in a splint; to surgery with internal fixation. The treatment options should be discussed with your surgeon. And fyi, there are orthopedic surgeons who just do hand surgery if you are looking for an appropriate physician for consultation and treatment. ...Read more

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How long will the broken hand last?

How long will the broken hand last?

6 wks w/ proper care: Most fractures take approximately 6 weeks to heal assuming proper care. Hand fractures can lead to deformity and pain; be sure to get it properly evaluated and treated. See your doctor (family doctor, internist or orthopedic surgeon) for best results. ...Read more

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How to exercise with a broken hand?

How to exercise with a broken hand?

Difficult question: To answer without knowing more about your fracture, as in how old, in a cast, exactly what type/severity of fracture. In general, you should be able to utilize an exercise/stationary bicycle (more so a recumbent rather than an upright). If you are looking for input about how much upper extremity function you have, review this with the surgeon. ...Read more

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How do I know if I have a broken hand?

Xray: A history, physical exam, and xray could help determine if you have a broken hand. Typically after an injury you may experience significant pain to the broken region, swelling, and inability to move that part of the body. Xray's have been the best diagnostic tool to confirm a fracture (usually 2-3 views), however there are other modalities. ...Read more

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How is child with broken hand treated?

How is child with broken hand treated?

Depends: Thorough exam to make sure no nerves/arteries are involved. Pain medications. Clean up and suture if necessary, any open lacerations. Splint the acute injury. See orthopedic surgeon for definitive eval and cast if necessary. ...Read more

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What are signs that I have a broken hand?

What are signs that I have a broken hand?

It depends: The symptoms depend upon the type of fracture, location, and severity of associated soft tissue injury.

These symptoms include pain, stiffness, swelling, and can be associated with deformity of the digit. The severity of these symptoms depend on the factors note above -. ...Read more

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What should I do to address a broken hand?

What should I do to address a broken hand?

See a hand surgeon.: Assuming you have already had an x-ray of your hand, the next step is to see an orthopaedic hand surgeon for further evaluation. Non-displaced fractures usually need immobilization, where as displaced fractures may need surgery. Hand fractures usually take about 6 weeks to heal. Therapy is often needed to improve range of motion and strength after treatment. ...Read more

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How long will it take a broken hand to heal?

6 wks w/ proper care: Most fractures take approximately 6 weeks to heal assuming proper care. Hand fractures can lead to deformity and pain; be sure to get it properly evaluated and treated. See your doctor (family doctor, internist or orthopedic surgeon) for best results. ...Read more

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What are some of the symptoms of broken hand?

What are some of the symptoms of broken hand?

Many: Pain, swelling, burising, or limited range of motion may be signs of a broken bone. ...Read more

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Can you suggest exercises for my broken hand?

Can you suggest exercises for my broken hand?

Heal first: You need to be treated - splint or cast- to heal the bone first. Once cleared by your doc, then specific exercises would be shown to you to regain your strength. ...Read more

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How long should it take a broken hand to heal?

How long should it take a broken hand to heal?

It depends.: Most fractures take between 6 to 8 weeks to heal. They may be healed enough to allow for movement much sooner, however, and may continue to remodel for months after healing has occurred. Other factors may include the type of fracture, the form of treatment chosen, and patient factors such as age. ...Read more

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What are some of the symptoms of a broken hand?

What are some of the symptoms of a broken hand?

Pain and deformity: Usually there is pain, swelling and some deformity - crepitus or the sound of bone ends rubbing can also be present. ...Read more

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How long does it take for a broken hand to heal?

4-6 weeks: Bones in the hand and fingers usually heal enough to resume motion and strengthening in 4-6 weeks. The bone will continue to heal and strengthen for a year. ...Read more

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What is causing pain in a previously broken hand?

What is causing pain in a previously broken hand?

Hand fractures: Can heal often if treated but there are many structures in the hand that combine to give function. Adjacent joints may be slightly arthritiic and be inflamed, tendons and ligaments can be stiff or tight, skin can stay swollen, joints can be inflamed. Muscles can be weak from injury or disuse. Pain in some degree can be from even a slight subtle change in mechanics. Handtherapy can help at times. ...Read more

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What are common deformities due to a broken hand?

What are common deformities due to a broken hand?

Swelling, rotation: Or angualr deviation, stiffness, contacture, tightness, thickeing over a joint, are some deformities. By saying they are common deformities it doesn not mean they commonly occur but it says if there is deformity then these are some common types of that deformity. ...Read more

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How long does it take for a broken hand to recover?

How long does it take for a broken hand to recover?

It varies...: Recovery from a broken hand depends on many factors: severity and location of the fracture, compliance with the prescribed form of immobilization (cast, splint), age of the patient and other negative healing factors such as the presence of diabetes or smoking. Metacarpal fractures are the most common type of hand fracture, and most heal in about 6 weeks. ...Read more

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How long does it usually take a broken hand to heal?

Depends: If you can tell us what you broke that will help us give you an estimate as to the time healing would take. ...Read more

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What to do if I have problems with broken hand help?

What to do if I have problems with broken hand help?

Second opinion: If you have broken your hand and are not satisfied with the help you are getting, don't hesitate to get a second opinion, even if you have to go to the emergency room. ...Read more

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How long did it take you to recover after broken hand?

How long did it take you to recover after broken hand?

6-8 weeks: Is a typical bone healing time but for fractures that need reduction and or surgery while the bone is mechanically healed after 6-8 weeks I always tell patients that it is several month process and months later before the wrist and hand begin to feel more " normal". Much also depends on the severity if fracture as a simple nondisplaced hairline fracture is very different from one needing operative. ...Read more

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What are the tests that indicate child with broken hand?

What are the tests that indicate child with broken hand?

X-ray: The best test is a good physical exam and x-rays. Sometimes both hands may have to be x-rayed in a child because of growth centers. On rare occasions an MRI may be needed. ...Read more

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When can I start working out again, after a broken hand?

When can I start working out again, after a broken hand?

Varies on healing: Recommendations depend on close follow up and repeated x-rays to assure satisfactory bone healing and wrist stability. ...Read more

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I've had a broken hand for 4 months can they still fix it?

Fracture: Healing is ususally complete within the first 2 months, but not always. And occasionally bones heal but in the wrong position. So, the first question is whether it's in fact healed. Next, if it's healed but in an abnormal position, is it bothering you? And then, if it's bothering you can it be improved functionally without surgery. Good luck. ...Read more

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How long would it take an old woman to heal from a broken hand?

How long would it take an old woman to heal from a broken hand?

An older person: Who is otherwise healthy heals fine. Average bone healing time is 6-8 weeks but a nondisplaced fracture may be allowed to move at a few weeks while a comminyed fracture may need longer. ...Read more

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Are there things I can do myself to treat child with broken hand?

See a physician: If a broken bone in the hand is supected you should consult with a physician to get an accurate diagnosis before treating this yourself. There are other conditions that can cause pain, swelling and disuse that could be detrimental if neglected. A physician consult should be obtained to have the child examined and x-rayed. ...Read more