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Why do muscles swell after a minor or a major hand fracture?

Why do muscles swell after a minor or a major hand fracture?

Bleeding: Bone actually bleed when injured! so bleeding will cause swelling. Also, injured parts leak water. That's called "edema". ...Read more

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Dr. Cornelius O'Leary Jr
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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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What to do if you leave a small hand fracture untreated and it got worse?

What to do if you leave a small hand fracture untreated and it got worse?

Could be a number of: Things. Often trauma such as frxs in the hand can lead to arthritis in the joint and cause pain later on. If it has not healed and the fracture remains open or getting worse, you will need either longer immobilization or possibly surgery, depending on where and how bad the break is. ...Read more

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How long will it take for a hand fracture to heal? When can I return to work? I'm cabin crew

How long will it take for a hand fracture to heal? When can I return to work? I'm cabin crew

Hand fractures can: Take 6-8 weeks to heal for simple long bone ( finger and metacarpal) injuries. Wrist bones, open injuries, injury with significant soft tissue damage can take longer. Airline employee rules for return to work are often complex so make sure you talk to your employer and treating md to find out whether you can return in a splint or not. Its often not a straightforward answer. ...Read more

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Can a hand fracture make your hand go numb?

Can a hand fracture make your hand go numb?

Possibly: It depends on which bones fractured, and how they broke. Sometimes nerves can be injured also. If you have injured yourself, please see a doctor asap. ...Read more

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What is more pain: a hand fracture or a dislocation?

Varies: Both can be quite painful depending on the patients pain threshold, type of dislocation and severity of fracture. Prompt treatment is required and preferred to restore normal alignment and protective spilinting to a fracture or dislocation. ...Read more

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What is the healing time for hairline hand fracture?

What is the healing time for hairline hand fracture?

6 weeks: Most fractures heal in 6 weeks. Diabetics and smokers tend to heal more slowly. It also depends on which bone is fractured. A phalanx or metacarpal fracture should heal in 6 weeks or so, but a scaphoid fracture of the wrist usually takes more on the order of 8-10 weeks to heal. ...Read more

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How long it will take to remove hand fracture splint ?

How long it will take to remove hand fracture splint ?

4-6 weeks: The length of immobilization depends on several factors, including the type of fracture, as well how quickly the fracture is healing. On average, fractures heal in six weeks, and hand fractures usually require 4-6 weeks of immobilization. ...Read more

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What is some home physiotherapy after a hand fracture?

What is some home physiotherapy after a hand fracture?

Several: After your doctor has removed the cast or approved it, you can start your own home physiotherapy by reducing swelling/stiffness. Common methods involve increasing motion often easiest in a hot bath. Use massage with the other hand to push swelling out of the hand (up the arm direction) and actively and passively move the joints of the hand as tolerated. Elevation and compression can help also. ...Read more

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Will I have to do home physiotherapy after a hand fracture?

Possibly: Depending on how bad the fracture is and where it is at. You may have to do physical or some occupational therapy, again depending on the severity. ...Read more

Muscle (Definition)

It is a body tissue that has the ability to contract. It shortens and generates force. It relaxes and returns to its original length. Muscles move joints, stabilize the body, move air and food through the organs, act as valves for bladder, bowel and other organs. They control movement of the eyes. They help us express ourselves by changing the shape of our ...Read more


Dr. David Schleimer
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Swelling (Definition)

Swelling is the enlargement of organs, skin, or other body parts. It is caused by a buildup of fluid in the tissues. The extra fluid can lead to a rapid increase in weight over a short period of time (days to weeks). Swelling can occur all over the body (generalized) or only in one part ...Read more