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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

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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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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Treating a Spinal Fracture (Checklist)

Rest
Once
Use NSAIDs to decrease inflammation
Daily
Use pain medicines on as needed basis
Daily
Consider MRI to evaluate fracture
Once
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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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Treating a Spinal Fracture (Checklist)

Walk in water
daily
Avoid bending forward while lifting
Once
Avoid jumping
Once
Take a calcium supplement
Daily
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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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Treating a Spinal Fracture (Checklist)

See a Spine Specialist for specific diagnosis and treatment options
once
Obtain Bone Density risk & obtain Dexa if appropriate. Vitamins per MD
once
Consider Kyphoplasty vs surgery
once
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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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