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Dr. Mark Galland
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What does a fractured thumb look like?

What does a fractured thumb look like?

Depends: It may not have an obvious deformity at all. X ray to be sure! ...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


Dr. Allen Fein
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How can you tell if my thumb is fractured or broken?

How can you tell if my thumb is fractured or broken?

X-Ray, scan, or MRI: Usually a simple x-ray will give you the answer. Sometimes, especially soon after the injury, the x-ray will initially appear to be normal even though there is a fracture. Your physician if still suspecting a fracture may recommend an mri, or bone scan. Suspicion of fracture goes up with amount of pain and soft tissue bleeding, site of maximum pain, and findings of indirect pain on examination. ...Read more

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Dr. Joseph Harhay
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Dr. Michael Sparacino
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Could my thumb be fractured? How can I tell?

Could my thumb be fractured? How can I tell?

Exam: You should see your doctor for an exam to see what type of injury/condition exists. ...Read more

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Dr. Arnold Malerman
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Dr. Michael Jones
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How to treat a fractured thumb?

How to treat a fractured thumb?

Depends on: Location and type of fracture. See your doctor, this should be xrayed. ...Read more

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Dr. James Rochester
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If a thumb had a fractured growth plate 4 years ago could it still be causing problems now? Can it be fixed?

Maybe: growth plate fractures can be problematic. Best to see ortho hand specialist. In addition to X-ray, might want to see mri or bone scan of area. Hope this helps. Best of luck. Dr. R ...Read more

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Dr. Tal David
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How long do broken sprained fractured thumb take to heal?

How long do broken sprained fractured thumb take to heal?

Broken thumb: Thumb fracture usually takes about 6-8 weeks to heal. A thumb sprain can take twice as long, depending on the ligament that has been sprained. ...Read more

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Dr. David Earle
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My thumb swells up from taking notes in class or barely bumping then hurts to where I can't move it fractured growth plate 4 years ago is that why?

My thumb swells up from taking notes in class or barely bumping then hurts to where I can't move it fractured growth plate 4 years ago is that why?

Possible: If that was the same side as the injury, it could absolutely have something to do with your current symptoms. Since it is causing problems, see a hand surgeon for a consultation. There may be some physical or occupational therapy that could help, but you want to make sure there's nothing wrong that requires an operation as well. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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