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What If I Don't Get A Cast For My Broken Hand
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
Supposing you already had a broken hand in a cast & you fell very hard on that hand, could you get a broken wrist too?
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
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
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?
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
Did I wait too long to get a cast on my very slightly fractured hand? Would I heal abnormally? It has been a week and 2 days.
Depends upon type: Different fractures are treated differently. You need to see an ortho doc right away for an eval. ...Read more
I have a fractured hand, and it's very swollen. Will I have to wait swelling to subside before I get a cast?
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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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