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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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What are signs that I have a broken hand?

What are signs that I have a broken hand?

A fractured hand: Has physical signs of swelling, bruising, deformity, and initially increased warmth. Swelling typically increases over 48-72 hours. Deformity s affected by the extent of hte fractures rotation, displacement, angulation and position. Decreased motion may be another sign but htat may not be an initial sign and may only occur after swelling increases.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.