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Will a finger with a hairline fracture be swollen and numb for long?

Will a finger with a hairline fracture be swollen and numb for long?

No: Should heal in a few weeks.
Most fractures even with slight displacement heal in 6 -8 weeks.
Non displaced, hairline-not bad should heal faster. ...Read more

Dr. Adam Lewis
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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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I just slammed my finger in my garage like shed door, and it is starting to bruise and swell. Is it a hairline fracture?

I just slammed my finger in my garage like shed door, and it is starting to bruise and swell. Is it a hairline fracture?

Fracture or not?: After an accident like this, if you have enough pain that you think you may have fractured your finger, it is best to visit a physician so that he or she can make sure that you have intact neurovascular status. Your doctor can splint your finger and order x-rays if appropriate. The diagnosis of a fracture is suspected with point tenderness and pain, but is confirmed with radiographs. ...Read more

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My pinky finger has been swelling for over 4 weeks now. Constant pain in the middle of my pinky. Could it be a hairline fracture?

My pinky finger has been swelling for over 4 weeks now. Constant pain in the middle of my pinky. Could it be a hairline fracture?

IT MAY BE H/O TRAUMA: It may be if there is history of trauma you can recallbut it can be due to other causes like infection, cellulitis, allergic reaction to insect bite, arthritis. Get it checked and only way you can know if it is hairline fracture is by doing a xray after exam. ...Read more

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I have a hairline fracture in index finger. So why there is swelling in thumb?

I have a hairline fracture in index finger. So why there is swelling in thumb?

Fx index, swell D1?: No ides. Best to seek in person opinions and examinations. I know of no relationship in fx index to swelling in thumb, except is to tight a dressing or cast on distal hand. ...Read more

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How to tell if you have a muscle sprain or hairline fracture in pinky finger?

How to tell if you have a muscle sprain or hairline fracture in pinky finger?

Xray: Xray could pick up a fracture but not always. Could be hard to differentiate. Either way should get better with immobilization, ice. ...Read more

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I got 5thmetacarpal base hairline fracture, im using splint, my two fingers are tapped is it enough for in this frcture. Suggest me?

I got 5thmetacarpal base hairline fracture, im using splint, my two fingers are tapped is it enough for in this frcture. Suggest me?

Cast or splint: "Dealers choice"
a splint lets you take it off and wash but complicance is often an issue even with the best intentions and it may take longer to heal. While annoying at times a cast may work faster initially.
For some but nondisplaced fractures don't mandate casting always
ten weeks down the line no difference, just your experience in getting there. ...Read more

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Hairline fracture of wrist 26 yrs ago. No recent trauma but hurts when I move it, not swollen. What could cause the pain? What can I do to lessen it?

Hairline fracture of wrist 26 yrs ago. No recent trauma but hurts when I move it, not swollen. What could cause the pain? What can I do to lessen it?

Not enough info: Your info isn't specific enough. Where does it hurt? When does it hurt? Did you have an accident? What is the pain like — burning, stabbing, electricity, ache? What lessens the pain? ...Read more

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I think I have a hairline fracture no way my dad will let me get scan is there a way to tell. I have black bruising and deformation numbness and pain?

I think I have a hairline fracture no way my dad will let me get scan is there a way to tell. I have black bruising and deformation numbness and pain?

See a doctor: You are 19 and an adult. If you think you may have broken a bone, then see an orthopaedist for an examination and xray if indicated. If not seen on xray, but suspicion is high, your orthopaedist can recommend the best and safest next test as well as treatments. ...Read more

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Hi I think I have a hairline fracture. My leg is bruising badly, it also feels tingly and numb, and I can barely walk on it. Any help?

Hi I think I have a hairline fracture. My leg is bruising badly, it also feels tingly and numb, and I can barely walk on it. Any help?

No Wt on it-Xray: Swelling and bruising causes the nerves to be compressed, this produces numbness along with the all the other processes of inflammation. This should get an x-ray. The only way for this to be treated properly is to find out the extent of injury. It is always good to start with rice-rest-ice, compression, and elevation. ...Read more

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Numbness around ankle and side of foot and toes. Not hot or blue. Hairline fracture 7yrs ago. Been lily that all day.

Numbness around ankle and side of foot and toes. Not hot or blue. Hairline fracture 7yrs ago. Been lily that all day.

What side of ankle: You could have a compression of either the sural nerve on the outside of the ankle or you could have posterior tibial nerve compression on the inside of the ankle.

Either way it is not normal and you should see a podiatrist. ...Read more

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I sprained my ankle 4 days ago and it is still quite swollen and very bruised. Wondering if I should get it checked for a hairline fracture?

I sprained my ankle 4 days ago and it is still quite swollen and very bruised. Wondering if I should get it checked for a hairline fracture?

Have it evaluated.: Pain due to trauma may be due to fracture, sprains, arthritis, muscle, nerve or tendon injuries. Have the foot evaluated so that you may get the appropriate care. ...Read more

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Hello I took my full leg cast of 5 days ago (due to a hairline fracture in my tibia) I have been walking with a limp and saw my ankle got swollen?

PT may be in order: Physical therapy can address the gait issue with limping as this is likely related to muscle weakness. In addtion they can do soft tissue massage to alleviate the ankle swelling. This can occur when muscles are weak and do not provide enough pumping action to return blood to the heart. Check in w/your Orthopedist or Sports MD to get a prescription &/or agreement on next steps to get your gait normal ...Read more

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How long can a hairline fracture take to heal?

It depend what bone: Large bones like femur it take 8-16 weeks, and location of the fracture shaft or end of the bone, the shsft of the bone take longer than the end of the bone. Some bones like navicular bone also take longer time to heal. ...Read more

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How long does a hairline fracture take to heal?

How long does a hairline fracture take to heal?

Fracture: Most bones with good blood supply that are capable of healing will mend within 6-8 weeks. Not all fractures heal easily though, which is influenced by location, displacement, age, health/nutritional status, smoking, etc. ...Read more

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How long is it supposed to it take for a hairline fracture in the ribs to heal?

How long is it supposed to it take for a hairline fracture in the ribs to heal?

Weeks to months: The healing time of fractures in ribs and other bones depends on displacement of fracture fragments. If no displacement fracture usually heals the quickest. Rib fractures if not displaced are one of the fastest healing fractures. Hairline fracture is nondisplaced fracture. Healing begins in 10 days and usually compete by couple months. ...Read more

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Will a hairline fracture cause my ankle to swell and be tender?

Will a hairline fracture cause my ankle to swell and be tender?

It can...: It can along with a more significant fracture, or soft tissue injury. ...Read more

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How long does it take a hairline fracture of your foot to heel?

How long does it take a hairline fracture of your foot to heel?

6-8 weeks: Keep in mind weight bearing may delay healing, smoking and low vitamin d can all delay healing. ...Read more

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I have a hairline fracture in my fibula. How long should I wait to play soccer again?

Be Patient: Until it heals and your doctor clears you. Too soon returning may cause longer lasting, more serious damage. ...Read more

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How long does it take a small hairline fracture take to heal in metacarpal area of hand in an active 25 yr old?

6 weeks: It generally takes about 6 weeks for a metacarpal hairline fracture to heal when casted. ...Read more

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Have radius hairline fracture from 6wks ago but was only in cast for 2wks. X-Rays show it's still broken- have I spent 4wks damaging it long term?

Probably not: As long as it is not displaced, it is unlikely any harm has occurred. Don't hesitate to discuss with your doctor. ...Read more

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I recently got injured in a fight in where I was jumped. Everything has healed fine except my hand how long will a hairline fracture take to heal if I?

6weeks: The fastest that a mild fracture takes to heal is about six weeks with proper immobilization and protection. ...Read more

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How long does it take for a hairline fracture in the shin to stop hurting because I was playing football got hit in the shin and couldn't walk and I iced it and it didn't help at all but when I got to my house I iced it again and took perscription pain re

How about 6-8 weeks: If you have any fracture in your tibia, you
really have to assume that it will take at least 6-8 weeks to heal
time factors include your age, activity, overall
health and any possible medical problems. ...Read more

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How long does it usually take for a hairline fracture to heal?

Depends: Depends on fracture location and nutritional status mostly. This is a difficult question to answer. ...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