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Do you get a cast for hand fracture?

Do you get a cast for hand fracture?

Depends: Depending on the severity and location of the fracture, you would be placed either in a cast or a splint. If the fracture involves multiple fragments of bone or extends into a joint or the fragments have separated significantly, you need surgery to fix the bones with screws and plates. ...Read more

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Cast (Definition)

Children's bones will usually heal and remodel themselves, if they are kept in the correct position. Immobilization casts are one effective way to do this, while also protecting ...Read more


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Supposing you already had a broken hand in a cast & you fell very hard on that hand, could you get a broken wrist too?

Supposing you already had a broken hand in a cast & you fell very hard on that hand, could you get a broken wrist too?

Unlikely to break: It would be highly unlikely (and very unlucky) to break a wrist that is already in a cast. It could happen, but it would be highly unusual. ...Read more

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What happens if I don't keep the cast on my broken hand?

What happens if I don't keep the cast on my broken hand?

Not a good idea!: Taking off the cast before the bone heals can lead to non-union (fracture doesn't heal) or mal-union (heals in the wrong position). Either of these can lead to permanent arm disfunction. ...Read more

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

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

Fracture: Varies depending on severity of fracture, displacement, age of patient, smoking status, etc. In general, most fractures that are minimally displaced will heal in 6-8 wks. Most displaced fractures can take longer and may not heal at all. Surgery may be needed to approximate the ends of the bone if widely separated. ...Read more

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What can you use to stabilize your broken hand when you take your cast off?

What can you use to stabilize your broken hand when you take your cast off?

A splint: Typically a thermoplastic splint which can be intermittently removed will be fashioned with gentle range of motion exercise instituted under supervision. ...Read more

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If I have a broken hand, am I allowed to take off the cast, or would it be much too painful?

If I have a broken hand, am I allowed to take off the cast, or would it be much too painful?

Do not remove: The cast is stabilizing the fracture to prevent it from shifting and to allow it to heal in an anatomic position. Do not remove the cast as fracture may not teal or heal in an abnormal pattern. Pain is not the issue. ...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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I have a broken hand, cast is driving me mad, what to do?

I have a broken hand, cast is driving me mad, what to do?

Leave on: Cast is necessary to maintain position of fracture to allow it to heal properly do not remove the cast. Do not stick anything down inside the cast can cause infection, do not spray anything into the cast. ...Read more

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I have had a broken hand taken out of a cast and put in a splint how long till I can do heavy lifting again?

It depends: This is highly dependent on the type of fracture you had, location of the fracture and how long it had been in a cast. Most fractures are healed in 6-8 weeks, but the final decision should be made by the person most familiar with your particular situation. ...Read more

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Broken hand at 16, now 23, 2 pins and a cast used, removed pins and cast when "healing" was finished. Bones shift on a daily basis, advice plz?

Broken hand at 16, now 23, 2 pins and a cast used, removed pins and cast when "healing" was finished. Bones shift on a daily basis, advice plz?

Perhaps you are: Referring to a joint that is subluxing and slding in and out of place. A commin scenario could involve the cmc joints where the metacarpals meet the wrist but it is very hard to honein on a problem with nonspecific inforamtion. Perhaps an evaluation by a hand surgeon for a problem such as this is indicated as surgery and injury is part of the past history. ...Read more

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How long should I expect swelling after removing cast off hand (fracture, cast lasted 4 weeks)?

How long should I expect swelling after removing cast off hand (fracture, cast lasted 4 weeks)?

Long Time: It is normal for you to have sorness, swelling and stiffness in your hand for many months. Occupational therapy can help get this worked out faster. ...Read more

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If I have an acute fracture in my index finger and a broken hand will I have a cast or splint?

If I have an acute fracture in my index finger and a broken hand will I have a cast or splint?

Depends what broken: It depends on what is broken., but you may need a cast from your description. It depends where the break is and what type of break you have ...Read more

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I have a fractured hand, and it's very swollen. Will I have to wait swelling to subside before I get a cast?

I have a fractured hand, and it's very swollen. Will I have to wait swelling to subside before I get a cast?

Splint first: With marked swelling you will probably be given a splint to use until the swelling subsides, at which time you will be changed to a cast--but a lot depend on the location of the fracture and whether you need an operation. ...Read more

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I have a hairline fracture in the side of my hand. Will I need to get a cast or a surgery?

I have a hairline fracture in the side of my hand. Will I need to get a cast or a surgery?

A cast will be fine: If you have a "hairline, " or nondisplaced fracture in your hand, then in most circumstances a cast or brace will allow the fracture to heal properly. ...Read more

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I slammed thumb in car door 2 days ago. Went to ER X-ray revealed 2 breaks. I see orthopedic hand spec tomorrow. Will I get a cast at that visit?

I slammed thumb in car door 2 days ago. Went to ER X-ray revealed 2 breaks. I see orthopedic hand spec tomorrow. Will I get a cast at that visit?

Usually, yes: It does depend a bit on where the breaks are, as well as how swollen your hand/thumb still is, but usually, the swelling is down so it is safe to cast, and you will be followed for the next several weeks to monitor healing. Depending on career, hand-ed-ness, and also nature of breaks, the specialist might recommend surgical repair. ...Read more

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Do you get a cast for a bone that has chipped in your wrist?

Depends...: It depends on which bone is fractured and if there is any displacement or angulation. One bone is important (scaphoid) because of difficult healing with compromised blood supply. ...Read more

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Do you get a cast for a broken knuckle?

Do you get a cast for a broken knuckle?

Yes (splint), and +: Splinting and possibly more

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Does a broken thumb get a cast?

Does a broken thumb get a cast?

Yes and No: Depends on the injury and location. There are so many factors that go into deciding this, it is best to consult a hand specialist. ...Read more

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Does a broken thumb always get a cast?

Does a broken thumb always get a cast?

Level of fracture: Often times fractures of the base of metacarpal or intra articular fracture may require surgery for stabilization. So sometimes thumb fractures require even more than just casting. You need an x-ray for evaluation. ...Read more

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I can't straighten out my thumb at all and it's very painful. Should I get a cast?

No: Could be a trigger thumb. The tendon that flexes the thumb can become swollen and get caught in a tunnel that it must slide through. This can be very painful. You can try a splint and advil or aleve, (naproxen) but these do not usually work. A cortisone type injection into the thumb can provide complete relief. See a hand surgeon to get it checked out. ...Read more

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I have a buckle fracture in my left wrist. Is it necessary to get a cast or could I just leave a splint on it?

I have a buckle fracture in my left wrist. Is it necessary to get a cast or could I just leave a splint on it?

Splint may be fine: A splint may be fine, depending upon time from injury and x-ray status. If you are already more than a couple weeks out from injury, a splint is likely fine, as long as it adequately protects your injured bone from further harm during the full 6 weeks of healing usually required for such a fracture. ...Read more

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If there was a hairline fracture in wrist. Would I get a cast a splint or nothing. It's on the side of my pinky?

If there was a hairline fracture in wrist. Would I get a cast a splint or nothing. It's on the side of my pinky?

Will get right one: First you need to see your MD get X-ray If nothing you get nothing, if there is a fracture depending what type it is, some times a small fragment is in the joint you may need even open reduction to prevent future arthritis of joint, let orthopedist decide, seek medical help, it is free in UK you are lucky. ...Read more

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If I have a possible broken hand, do I go to the ER to get checked?

Yes: Only definitive way to determine the extent and location of a fracture would be an x-ray which you would have done at the er. ...Read more

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What happens if you wait too long to get a broken hand looked at?

What happens if you wait too long to get a broken hand looked at?

Possible malunion: Malunion is when a broken bones heals in the wrong position and can lead to difficult problems. Please go get an x-ray. ...Read more

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Can you get bone spurs with a broken hand?

Can you get bone spurs with a broken hand?

Yes in jointfracture: Bone spurs usually arise in responses to wear and tear over time and is a hallmark of arthritis. Patients with fractures involving the articular surfaces are more prone to develop arthritis at an earlier age in those joints than in a non-injured joint. Bone spurs can also develop at tendon and ligament insertions into bones. See a hand surgeon. ...Read more

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How likely is it to miss a hand fracture on an x-ray? Should you wait and get another x-ray?

It depends: It depends on the type of injury and type of fracture. If the pain persists, especially on the area you touch (point tenderness) repeat x ray in 7 to 10 days or MRI is recommended. ...Read more

Hand Fracture (Definition)

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