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What is the downtime for a broken hand that requires surgery?

What is the downtime for a broken hand that requires surgery?

Depends: Depends on exactly what the surgery or bone is. Metacarpal fractures and surgeries seem to heal very quickly -- 4 weeks even. It also depends on what you're planning to do with your hand. Using a computer or driving is relatively quick to get back to doing. Swinging a sledge hammer, of course, will require more time. ...Read more

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Hand Fracture (Definition)

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


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How do I treat a broken hand after surgery on it?

How do I treat a broken hand after surgery on it?

Carefully!: It depends on what was done during surgery. If the broken bone was fixed rigidly with plates and screws, you should be able to begin early motion and functional use. On the other hand, if only pins where used to fix the fracture, you might have to wait 6 weeks for full bony healing before you can move the hand. Talk to your surgeon about, immobilization, activity restrictions and exercise. ...Read more

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Why wont my hand fracture heal without surgery?

It can: Typically with hand fractures the question is no will it heal but in what position will it heal in. If the fracture is not in a good position your hand function will be compromised. ...Read more

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I got a hand fracture. I had surgery with metal pins. When will it heal fully?

I got a hand fracture. I had surgery with metal pins. When will it heal fully?

Not enough info: In general, your surgeon will perform surgery to ensure proper healing in circumstances where treating the fracture in a cast would result in a less favorable outcome. Getting the bone to heal is only one part of getting your hand to heal fully. There are other factors, such as the severity and location of the injury, as well as therapy, when needed that determine your final outcome. ...Read more

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What could cause broken hand?

Usually trauma: Traumatic fracture is most common (due to striking the hand on something or an accident). Less common are stress fractures (due to repetitive small traumas or overuse) and pathological fractures (due to underlying medical conditions or metastatic processes). Tall to your doc about what might be the cause of your fracture. Usually a physical exam and x-ray are the first steps. ...Read more

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What is causing pain in a previously broken hand?

What is causing pain in a previously broken hand?

Hand fractures : Can heal often if treated but there are many structures in the hand that combine to give function. Adjacent joints may be slightly arthritiic and be inflamed, tendons and ligaments can be stiff or tight, skin can stay swollen, joints can be inflamed.Muscles can be weak from injury or disuse.Pain in some degree can be from even a slight subtle change in mechanics.Handtherapy can help at times. ...Read more

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Is a broken hand always casted?

Is a broken  hand always casted?

Not necessarily: Many fractures in and about the hand can be treated in a splint. It really depends on the location of the fracture and severity. While some can be treated with a splint or a cast, others require surgical treatment. ...Read more

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Is it safe to drive with a broken hand?

Is it safe to drive with a broken hand?

Probably Not: Your reaction time is going to be diminished with a broken hand and you will not be able to make sudden evasive maneuvers. ...Read more