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When Can You Go Back To Normal Activities After A Broken Finger
Finger fracture: Can heal quickly 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. Times vary. ...Read more
I left my broken finger untreated for a while now it is deforemed. Can it be reset back into place?
Consult OrthopedicMD: Suggest you consult an orthopedic Doctor and get it examined and xrayed. He/She will be able to tell you what can be done to treat the deformity of your finger ...Read more
Hi my daughter has a splint on her arm due to a broken finger, her hand is swollen, I just wanted to know if that was normal or not.?
Xray and MD.: Proper diagnosis and treatment (splint, tape, or possible surgery) may be necessary for best long-term outcome. Self-diagnosis and non-treatment often leads to permanent loss of function and later arthritis problems in the damaged digit. The person who treats themself has a fool for a patient. ...Read more
Depends on break: Very much depends on the details. At its most basic all fractures need to have the pieces in the right place (so-called reduction, if they are out of place) and then held in place (so-called fixation) reduction can mean anything from leaving the fracture as is to closed manipulation to open surgery. As to fixation this can be anything from a splint to cast to plating, pins and screws. ...Read more
Yes, multiple ways: Depending on the timing to present to a doctor, most fractures can be set by manipulation within 7-10 days. If longer than that time, or if inadequately reducible (set), surgery may be required to move interfering soft tissue and secure by casting, pinning, screws and possibly plates. The less severe or the more rigidly fixed, can be "moved" earlier, which may avoid stiffness later after healing. ...Read more
Trauma: The most common cause of a broken finger is trauma or an accident. Typically, a finger will not spontaneously break. However, it is rare to have a cyst in the bone which can predispose a finger to breaking. Over 99% of the time, an accident will be responsible for a break. ...Read more
6 wks w/ proper care: Most fractures take approximately 6 weeks to heal assuming proper care. Finger fractures, although may sound unimportant, can lead to deformity and pain if not properly evaluated and treated. Be sure to see your doctor (family doctor, internist or orthopedic surgeon) for best results. ...Read more
Repair it: Reduction of a fracture with stabilization are the essentials of treatment. Whether this required open or closed treatment and for how long is a decision that should be left to an expert who examines you on a regular basis. ...Read more
About 3-6 weeks: Most fractures heal within 6 wks. The hand has a great blood supply and may heal faster. Typically, the finger needs to be immobilized during the healing process. Stiffness may occur after fracture immobilization and therapy may be needed. ...Read more
Pain, swelling, loss: Of motion, deviation, rotation, stiffness, throbbing, numbness, discoloration, tightness all can be symptoms of a finger fracture. If one suspects a fracture, then elevation, ice, splinting and urgent evaluation is needed as many seemingly simple fractures in the hand require a detailed understanding of what to do to optimize healing and return of function. ...Read more
Proper immobilizatio: N, gentle elvation, ice, anti-inflammatory medicati that one ca take safely regularly, all go a long ay to decrease pain form a painful finger. Care to make sure that circulation and nerve function ar not compromised and if there as an open wound that was treated woth the fracturem that infection is not occurring. ...Read more
Pain -Discoloration: Pain and bruising, particularly when lasting for more than a week. Deformity after an injury should always be evaluated by a health professional. An xray is usually needed to evaluate for smaller fractures in the small finger joints. ...Read more
Finger fracture: Can heal quickly 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 so get an x-ray to find out what you have. ...Read more
Depends on type: Typically 4 to 6 weeks for initial interval healing at fracture site allowing mobilization and limited use after that time frame. Factors include type of fracture, open or closed reduction, and other medical problems. Smoking and anti-inflammatories adversely effect rate of healing ...Read more
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