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Will a fractured hand ever be the same again?

Will a fractured hand ever be the same again?

Yes: A fractured hand that is set properly and monitored closely should heal well after 6 weeks. More severe fractures may cause some limitations in strength and motion, depending on how they are treated and where exactly the fracture is located.

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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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How can you heal a fractured hand?

How can you heal a fractured hand?

Depends: There are different bones in the hand. The proper treatment depends on the location of the fracture, which bone is fractured, the displacement or angulation or rotation of the fractured bone. Treatment options include buddy taping, splinting, casting, surgery.

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How long will it take for a fractured hand to heal?

How long will it take for a fractured hand to heal?

Six weeks on average: It depends on what bone in the hand is broken. A scaphoid fracture (the most commonly fractured bone in the carpus (wrist)) generally takes 10-12 weeks to heal, but a garden variety fracture of a metacarpal (the big bones in the palm of the hand) or of a phalanx (the little bones in the fingers) should heal in about six weeks. The healing could be slower in a smoker or a diabetic.

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What should I do if my fractured hand healed wrong?

What should I do if my fractured hand healed wrong?

Depends: It sounds as if you had a hand fracture which did not heal in a perfect position. If it's simply a cosmetic issue, and your hand is completely functional, then really nothing needs to be done unless you are concerned about the appearance. However, if your function is affected, then you may have to consider surgery in which an osteotomy (cutting the bone) is done to re-align it - no guarantees tho.

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How long does it take for a fractured hand to heal so that I can lift weights again?

How long does it take for a fractured hand to heal so that I can lift weights again?

6 weeks: Hand fractures generally take six weeks to heal. I would avoid weight lifting until at least six weeks after your injury. Make sure you see an orthopaedic surgeon for a physical exam and x-rays to make sure your bone is healed before you return to weight lifting.

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Do symptoms of a fractured hand involve swelling?

Do symptoms of a fractured hand involve swelling?

Yes: Hand fractures are associated with pain, bruising, swelling and if displaced may exhibit rotation or other finger deformities.

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What are the signs and symptoms of a broken or fractured hand?

What are the signs and symptoms of a broken or fractured hand?

S&S fracture: Pain, swelling, instability, crepitus, rotation, shortening, scissoring of fingers, deformity, etc just to name a few. However, diagnostic imaging is essential.

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What are signs of a hand fracture?

What are signs of a hand fracture?

Pain: There are several signs. The most obvious one is a deformity. Without a deformity, then in the setting of recent trauma you would be looking for moderate to severe pain and swelling. There is usually a limited range of motion of the affected area. Sometimes you can feel a clicking or stepoff at the area of the fracture. Some fractures can cause a rotational deformity of the finger

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How can I get pain relief for a fractured hand?

How can I get pain relief for a fractured hand?

Treatment involves: Detailed diagnosis, splinting, casting or surgery to fix or hold the fracture. This is the best way to control pain, trat it appropriately. Within that ice, elevation, motion when permitted and nsaids or pain meds if needed.

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Is it a good idea to get help for a fractured hand?

Is it a good idea to get help for a fractured hand?

Yes: If your hand is fractured or even if you just think your hand might be fractured, I would suggest seeing an orthopaedic surgeon for an exam and x-rays to make sure that your hand injury is treated appropriately.

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How does alcohol affect healing of a fractured hand?

How does alcohol affect healing of a fractured hand?

Alcohol weakens bone: Alcohol weakens bones and interferes with fracture healing. Chronic or excessive use has this effect as seen in : how binge drinking impairs healing of broken bones http://besoci. Al/pdogcg sent from bone feed (http://besoci. Al/gqtckx).

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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

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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

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Fractured hand, soft tissue in forearm. Help?

Fractured hand, soft tissue in forearm. Help?

See your doctor: He/she will listen to you, perform an examination, possibly order some tests, and see what's going on.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Hand Fracture (Definition)

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