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Why does my hand fracture have a pulsating feeling?

Why does my hand fracture have a pulsating feeling?

Not elevated: The blood supply to the hand is so good that any injury will throb for 2-4 days after injury or surgery. Keeping the injured part above the level of the heart will minimize this. Throbbing after this interval may represent a problem that should be evaluated by your treating doctor. ...Read more

Dr. Sandra Lora Cremers
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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 can cause a hand fracture?

What can cause a hand fracture?

Almost anything...: The hands are very often injured because they are our connection to the outside world. Symptoms and signs of hand fractures include pain, deformity, point tenderness, swelling. They can be caused by direct blows to the hand, twisting injuries, and crush injuries. ...Read more

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How is a hand fracture typically treated?

How is a hand fracture typically treated?

Immobilization: Any fracture will need to be immobilized. In the case of a hand fracture, the hand would be placed in a cast for approximately 4-6 weeks. ...Read more

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What does it meant to have a common hand fracture?

What does it meant to have a common hand fracture?

Depends...: I don't know where you were given the descriptor 'common'. This is not a medical term for a particular pattern of hand fracture but likely refers to a fracture seen commonly either in the hand or in that particular fracture you sustained. ...Read more

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What tests are necessary to diagnose a hand fracture?

What tests are necessary to diagnose a hand fracture?

X-ray: X-rays are still considered the standard for diagnosing fractures of the hand. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: hand fracture?

What is the definition or description of: hand fracture?

Fracture: A fracture (break) of one of the bones in the hand. Most commonly a metacarpal or phalangeal fracture. ...Read more

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How to treat a spiral hand fracture?

How to treat a spiral hand fracture?

Splint and boddy: Tapping of the two finger together, surgery may be needed if you can not control rotation. ...Read more

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

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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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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What is the difference between a hand fracture and a hand sprain?

What is the difference between a hand fracture and a hand sprain?

Exam and imaging: Hand fractures may seen on standard x-rays and additional studies such as bone scan or MRI may be helpful sprains may be postivie finding in that here is no fracture but bones may be out of linel. A careful history and exam is also very important as you correctly implied it can be confusing so seek out so called experts such as a hand surgeon ...Read more

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What is the difference between a hand sprain and a hand fracture?

A lot: A sprain is an injury of the tendons or ligaments. A fracture is a broken bone. Both can be a serious problem even requiring surgical treatment. Others may require only splinting or casting and others may not require anything except time and restricted activities in order to heal. ...Read more

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Can you suggest simple exercises for my left hand fracture and back pain?

Can you suggest simple exercises for my left hand fracture and back pain?

Yes after healed: Fractures need to be immobilized not exercised. Once the fracture has healed then warm soaks will help to loosen the stiff hand joints. You can squeeze a washcloth in the warm water or out of water squeeze a soft spongy ball.
A walking program is one of the simplest and best treatments for back pain. ...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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How long before a hand fracture heals?

How long before a hand fracture heals?

Rather quickly...: Compared to other bones. Hand fractures are often healed in 3-4 weeks. At that point they will often not appear to be healed on xrays but these lag behind the actual healing. Because stiffness in the hand is much more common than poor fracture healing, immobilization of hand fractures needs to be for as short a time as possible. ...Read more

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How to tell if I have a hand fracture?

How to tell if I have a hand fracture?

Multiple signs: - Swelling
- Deformity of the wrist/ hand
- Significant pain
- Inability to move your wrist
- Unable to move your fingers
- Tingling in the fingers and hand when moving wrist
- Change in color of the hand ...Read more

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What can I do to relieve a hand fracture?

What can I do to relieve a hand fracture?

Hand fracture: Initial management includes continuous elevation above heart level of the injured hand, as well as continuous ice. Immobilization with a splint is helpful. Correct treatment requires correct diagnosis, so have an x-ray and see a hand specialist. ...Read more

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How is a hand fracture typically diagnosed?

X-Rays: The most commonly used diagnostic tool for broken bones is an x-ray. ...Read more

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What could I do to help my hand fracture heal?

What could I do to help my hand fracture heal?

Help heal fracture: Protect your hand from further trauma. Live a healthy life style and eat a healthy diet. Excercise moderately with using the injured hand. Do not smoke. Take a multi-vitamin and mineral daily (can ones made from food). ...Read more

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What is the best way to take care of a hand fracture?

What is the best way to take care of a hand fracture?

See a hand doctor: There are surgeons that deal just with hand problems. Look one up at www. Assh. Org and do what he/she recommends. ...Read more

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What are the signs of a wrist/hand fracture?

What are the signs of a wrist/hand fracture?

Multiple signs: - Swelling
- Deformity of the wrist/ hand
- Significant pain
- Inability to move your wrist
- Unable to move your fingers
- Tingling in the fingers and hand when moving wrist
- Change in color of the hand ...Read more

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Why won't my hand fracture heal without surgery?

Why won't 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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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 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?

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

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Is it possible for a hand fracture to be missed on an x-ray?

Is it possible for a hand fracture to be missed on an x-ray?

Sure is: Fractures in the hand can be subtle. Generally 3 views of the hand are needed to accurately assess the presence or absence of a fracture. Some fractures that are not displaced might only become apparent on xray after 7-10 days. Features of hand fractures include swelling, deformity, and point tenderness. If a question exists, see a hand surgeon. ...Read more

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Is it normal for a large lump to form after a hand fracture?

Is it normal for a large lump to form after a hand fracture?

A Callus: Yes. Healing bones form a callus or "lump" at the fracture site, which usually mo;ds back to normal form over time. ...Read more

Dr. Jeffrey Wint
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Broken Bone (Definition)

Is it broken or fractured is a question I am often asked. The answer is basically that a broken or fractured bone is the same thing. A fracture means a break in the cortex or the strong layer of outer bone cells. In an adult the average time for that to heal varies greatly but is often considered to ...Read more


Hand Fracture (Definition)

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