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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
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
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
X-ray: X-rays are still considered the standard for diagnosing fractures of the hand. ...Read more
Fracture: A fracture (break) of one of the bones in the hand. Most commonly a metacarpal or phalangeal fracture. ...Read more
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Hand fracture: May be helpful if your hand is stiff. ...Read more
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
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
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