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What happens after you get your cast off of the broken bone in your hand?

What happens after you get your cast off of the broken bone in your hand?

Exercise: It will take some time and exercise to regain strength and motion in after a hand fracture . Most of the time the exercises can be done at home but if the hand is very stiff working with a physical or occupational therapist may be of benefit. ...Read more

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Dr. Creighton Wright
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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


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How long is it supposed to it take for a broken bone in your hand to recover?

How long is it supposed to it take for a broken bone in your hand to recover?

A fracture in adults: Varies in what one would consider recovery based upon location , mechanism of injury , the nature of the fracture, soft tissue , associated injury, general health, associated conditions and many many factors. Average time for a nondisplaced fracture in a healthy adult is 6-8 weeks but full bone strength will be longer. There are times fractures r moved when stable even if not healed fully. ...Read more

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Can walking in my cast hinder my broken bone recovery?

Can walking in my cast hinder my broken bone recovery?

Amy fractures: Do better is loaded, some feet are actually worse ( especially in elderly with osteoporosis) if not loaded while healing. Much depends upon the fracture, pattern location and general health of the injured. If your treating provider allows then walk but find out what too much or too little is. Likely running a marathon is too much and sitting all day and night too little. ...Read more

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Can you tell me what is done for a broken bone in hand that has healed?

Can you tell me what is done for a broken bone in hand that has healed?

Depends: If no pains: Or deformity or any complaints, we can leave it be, and maybe get some pt; if there is deformity we assess how does it affect the function of the hand? Then there is a possibility that in surgery we break the bone and realign it, then fix it. ...Read more

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Is it normal for a broken bone that was aligned in an orthopedic cast to still hurt?

Is it normal for a broken bone that was aligned in an orthopedic cast to still hurt?

Sure it can: However, sometimes bony prominences if not well padded can hurt, similiarly, certain nerves can be compressed. So, if the pain is persistant and doesn't go away don't be afraid to call your doc and just let them know what is going on. ...Read more

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If you have a broken bone, will an orthopedist put you in a cast the same day you go in?

If you have a broken bone, will an orthopedist put you in a cast the same day you go in?

Sometimes: Some fractures (broken bones) can be safely casted the same day. However certain fractures especially that require setting or have extensive swelling are better if casted once your swelling subsides and your orthopedist deems it appropriate and safe. ...Read more

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Is it normal for a broken bone to hurt even if it's been in an orthopedic cast for almost a week now?

Yes: It is not atypical for broken bones to hurt for several weeks even in a cast. However, there should be progressive improvement. If your pain is worse in the cast, then you should have it rechecked. ...Read more

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Is it normal for a broken bone to ache while in a plaster orthopedic cast?

Is it normal for a broken bone to ache while  in a plaster orthopedic cast?

Sure it can: However, sometimes bony prominences if not well padded can hurt, similiarly, certain nerves can be compressed. So, if the pain is persistant and doesn't go away don't be afraid to call your doc and just let them know what is going on. ...Read more

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What are some symptoms of a broken hand compared to a sprain without a broken bone?

What are some symptoms of a broken hand compared to a sprain without a broken bone?

Often the same: Symptoms of hand fracture and sprain include pain, swelling and decreased motion. Hand fractures and sprains can occur from similar mechanisms of injury. Moreover, what looks like a simple sprain can be a complex fracture that requires treatment (immobilization or surgery). Therefore, it is important to be evaluated if symptoms from hand/finger injuries don't improve after a few days. ...Read more

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Can a ligament tear in my hand heal by itself. I have a broken bone a partial tear of one ligament and a complete tear of another ?

Can a ligament tear in my hand heal by itself. I have a broken bone a partial tear of one ligament and a complete tear of another ?

Potentially : Yes, there are certainly cases where ligament injuries can completely heal non surgically, and others not. It really depends more on the specific injury. I would not hesitate to discuss directly with a hand specialist. ...Read more

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How long does a broken bone take to heal in cast?

6 weeks is typical: Cast immobilization usually allows the vast majority of broken bones to heal uneventfully in about 6 weeks. ...Read more

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How can you deal with a broken bone without getting a cast?

How can you deal with a broken bone without getting a cast?

Fractures: Depends on where the fracture is. Let us know what specifically you have fractured and we can be of much more assistance. Some fractures need surgery, others need a splint then cast, some need a cast and some need nothing at all. ...Read more

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

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

Broken hand bones: For simple uncomplicated fractures in fingers or the metacarpals ( long bones) take 6-8 weeks to heal, however some wrist bones such as the scaphoid and others may take longer as the blood supply in these is not as straightforward. Open fractures and higher energy injuries may take longer. The quality of the soft tisse and nerve supply and circulation in an injury zone may lengthen healing times. ...Read more

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How long will a broken bone hurt? I broke my ulna 2 weeks ago and it still hurts. It is a clean break that did not need to be set but is in a cast.

How long will a broken bone hurt?  I broke my ulna 2 weeks ago and it still hurts.   It is a clean break that did not need to be set but is in a cast.

Is cast too tight?: Sometimes, there is swelling after a cast is applied. Such swelling can be serious and cause ongoing pain. Generally, if your broken bone is casted correctly, there is not much pain on a non-weight bearing area. Are you using your arm too much or putting strain on it? Have you reinjured it? If not, please see your bone doctor in 24-48 hours. Make sure to say you are having pain!!! Good Luck ...Read more

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Can taking your cast before a broken bone is healed cause harmful damage?

Can taking your cast before a broken bone is healed cause harmful damage?

Yes.: When a doctor casts you, it is generally to keep your muscles from pulling at a bone as it heals. If you remove the cast, and your foot moves, the bone pieces may shift, and it may allow the bone to heal in a crooked position. You should keep your cast on as long as your doctor advises you to. ...Read more

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How do doctors tell you to treat a broken bone after several weeks out of cast?

How do doctors tell you to treat a broken bone after several weeks out of cast?

It depends: Generally with progressive stretch, strengthening, range of motion, to work on soft tissue strength and flexibility. ...Read more

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When can you start working out agan after a broken bone cast off?

When can you start working out agan after a broken bone cast off?

Fracture: Really tough question to answer without more data. It depends upon the personality of the fracture. If only a minimal fracture, possibly 1-2 weeks before strengthening. ...Read more

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I have pain on top of my right hand between my thumb and index finger. Could there be a broken bone in there? That is what it feels like.

I have pain on top of my right hand between my thumb and index finger. Could there be a broken bone in there? That is what it feels like.

Arthritis: Unless you have fallen or had some significant traums to your hand it would be extremely unlikely that you have a broken bone. The joint at the base of the thumb in that area is the second most common site for arthritis. It affects women about six times as frequently as men -- and no it is not because they work harder -- but due to hormonal effects on the ligament causing them to be looser. ...Read more

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Foot op - due to broken bone, then wore a cast, but after diagnosed with clot in sural vein. Doctors removed the cast to treat. Is this advisable?

Foot op - due to broken bone, then wore a cast, but after diagnosed with clot in sural vein. Doctors removed the cast to treat. Is this advisable?

It sounds: Like the prudent thing to do. If you have a clot, you don't leave the cast on. As long as you are not walking on the foot, i.E using crutches, the bones should be okay. ...Read more

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Confused with gp's?Foot op - due to broken bone, then wore a cast, but after diagnosed with clot in sural vein. Do i wear a cast or compression hose?

Depends: If the broken bone is healed then a compression hose would be of great benefit. When you are not on your feet, elevate your legs. Discuss your activity level with your doctor. ...Read more

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It happens that a dislocated bone on a little finger be worse than a broken bone?

It happens that a dislocated bone on a little finger be worse than a broken bone?

Finger dislocations: Can be present with or without a fracture. A dislocation may be reducible and very stable, not reducible and need surgery to put back or once put back in place be unstable. These are all assessments made by the treating porvider and used to asses needs for follow up care. Often when there is no obvious fracture we assume that itll be 'ok" but there can be a need for prolonged care for these. ...Read more

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Can a broken wrist or broken bone in wrist cause a blood clot?

Can a broken wrist or broken bone in wrist cause a blood clot?

Unlikely: A fracture of the wrist in not likely to a blood clot, unless the person has extreme disposition to forming blood clots. For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form. Drink enough water daily so that your urine is mostly colorless. Practice safe sex. ...Read more

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My 16 year old had her fingers slammed in a door and is now experiencing numbness in her middle and ring finger radiating to her wrist. No broken bone?

My 16 year old had her fingers slammed in a door and is now experiencing numbness in her middle and ring finger radiating to her wrist. No broken bone?

Difficult to say: Without actual exam. Numbness is probably because of nerve injury. X-rays can tell if there is any fracture. It sounds like a significant injury, so it is best to take her to ed for exam and evaluation. ...Read more

Dr. Jeffrey Wint
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Broken Bone (Definition)

Is it broken or fractured is a question I am often asked. The answer is basically that a broken or fractured bone is the same thing. A fracture means a break in the cortex or the strong layer of outer bone cells. In an adult the average time for that to heal varies greatly but is often considered to ...Read more


Bone (Definition)

Bone is a living growing tissue made mostly of collagen (protein that provides soft framework) & the mineral calcium phosphate that adds strength & hardens the framework. Two types of bone are found in the body; cortical (dense compact outer layer) & trabecular (makes up inner layer, ...Read more