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How long does a wrist fracture surgery take to heal?

How long does a wrist fracture surgery take to heal?

About 6 wks: If the wrist is pinned, it will be fairly strong after surgery, but in most cases one will not want to use it a lot for about 6 weeks. It can be different from surgery to surgery, however, and the orthopedic surgeon doing the surgery can provide the best advice. In most cases, physical therapy will be prescribed to speed and improve recovery. ...Read more

Dr. Theodore Davantzis
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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 could cause broken wrist (colles fracture)?

What could cause broken wrist (colles fracture)?

A fall: The most common cause of a broken wrist is a fall onto your outstretched hand. ...Read more

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Recovering from a Broken Bone (Checklist)

Exercise and stretch to improve range of motion, strength, and endurance
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Avoid a repeat injury or irritating soft tissues before they are ready
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Follow up with your doctor as scheduled, and don't miss appointments
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What are the signs of broken wrist (colles fracture)?

What are the signs of broken wrist (colles fracture)?

Many: Swelling, bruising, pain, deformity. The only way to know for sure is an x-ray. ...Read more

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How do you know when you have a wrist fracture?

How do you know when you have a wrist fracture?

Pain is a warning: Although the deformity helps the diagnosis it may not be evident. You can have an occult fracture where no deformiy or x-ray is initally present. You can also have a stress fracture which is an overuse injury. If there is local pain and swelling i would consider it broken until repeat x-rays are done in 2-3 weeks. ...Read more

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Treating a Spinal Fracture (Checklist)

Rest
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Use NSAIDs to decrease inflammation
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Use pain medications on an as-needed basis
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Consider an MRI to evaluate fracture
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Is a cast required to treat a wrist fracture?

Is a cast required to treat a wrist fracture?

Sometimes: It depends upon the type of fracture. Fractures that are unstable need cast immobilization or surgery. Stable fractures can be treated with just a splint. ...Read more

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Best treatment for a wrist fracture?

Best treatment for a wrist fracture?

Caring for a : Broken wrist involves assessing the nature of, location, degree, angulation, displacement, soft tissue. Injury as well as age, general health, bone quality and many other factors a hand surgeon or orthopedic surgeon trains for years and years and continues to read research and articles regarding the methods needed , using all thus they decide splint, cast, surgery etc. ...Read more

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Managing Bone Spurs (Checklist)

Wear comfortable shoes
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Use heel cushions
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Ask your podiatrist if you'd benefit from prescription orthotics
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Ask your podiatrist about steroid injections
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What could cause broken wrist (colles fracture)?

A fall: The most common cause of a broken wrist is a fall onto your outstretched hand. ...Read more

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What are the signs of broken wrist (colles fracture)?

Many: Swelling, bruising, pain, deformity. The only way to know for sure is an x-ray. ...Read more

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Can a broken wrist or broken bone in wrist cause a blood clot?

Can a broken wrist or broken bone in wrist cause a blood clot?

Unlikely: A fracture of the wrist in not likely to a blood clot, unless the person has extreme disposition to forming blood clots.
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Practice safe sex. ...Read more

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Common wrist fracture. how long to heal?

Wrist fracture : Takes 6-8 weeks for most . A nondisplaced hairline fracture can take less and a scaphoid can take longer. After a fracture it still may take a month or two to fell less swollen and stiff even when radiologicallt healed. Overall i tell most that it is a 3-4 month process. ...Read more

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What are the symptomsof a wrist fracture?

What are the symptomsof a wrist fracture?

Pain limited motion: Pain, swelling, inability to grip or hold things, numbness, brusiing, inability to make a fist. Get an xray and get evalauted. ...Read more

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Will thumb/wrist fractures always casted?

Will thumb/wrist fractures always casted?

Usually: Casts can't be removed. A reliable patient can sometimes be treated with a removable brace. ...Read more

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How do I know if I have a wrist fracture? 

Make an appt. 2 C-: -Ur orthopedic guy and have an exam & images performed. ...Read more

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Do I have to have a case for a wrist fracture?

Do I have to have a case for a wrist fracture?

Usually: Depending on the severity of the fracture and which bones are involved, the wrist does better with immobilization to help it heal. ...Read more

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How do you know when you have a wrist fracture?

Pain is a warning: Although the deformity helps the diagnosis it may not be evident. You can have an occult fracture where no deformiy or x-ray is initally present. You can also have a stress fracture which is an overuse injury. If there is local pain and swelling i would consider it broken until repeat x-rays are done in 2-3 weeks. ...Read more

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How much time will a wrist fracture take to heal?

Depends: Most wrist fractures take 6-8 but some as scaphoid fractures take 4-5 months. ...Read more

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Do thumb/wrist fractures always need to be casted?

Do thumb/wrist fractures always need to be casted?

Thumb or wrist: Injuries do not all need to be casted some are treated with a removable splint for a part-time spot and depending upon the degree of injury the age of the injury the age of the patient the stability of the fracture and other factors that come into play. And orthopedic surgeon or hand surgeon spend years figuring out what to treat and how to do it ...Read more

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How long does it take for a wrist fracture to heal?

How long does it take for a wrist fracture to heal?

8 weeks: In general, wrist fractures take about 6-8 weeks to heal. Most patients are allowed to resume full unrestricted activity after 3 months. However, not all wrist fractures are the same. More severe ones will take longer to heal, and patients with other medical conditions or who have poor bone density, may take longer as well. ...Read more

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How does one tell what a wrist fracture feels like?

How does one tell what a wrist fracture feels like?

Painful: Like any significant fracture, there is associated pain, and difficulty using the affecting area. Movement at the wrist, and use of the corresponding hand are typically very difficult with a fracture. ...Read more

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How much should it cost to repair a wrist fracture?

How much should it cost to repair a wrist fracture?

Wrist fracture : The cost depends on the type of surgey required. The cheapest will be just a reduction of the fracture and application of splint/cast in an office setting. This may cost under $1000. However if pins or plates are required with a hospitalization the cost can run much higher. The best idea is to discuss with your surgeon and the billing office. ...Read more

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How long will it take for a wrist fracture to heal?

How long will it take for a wrist fracture to heal?

Fracture: Varies depending on severity of fracture, displacement, age of patient, smoking status, etc. In general, most fractures that are minimally displaced will heal in 6-8 wks. Most displaced fractures can take longer and may not heal at all. Surgery may be needed to approximate the ends of the bone if widely separated. ...Read more

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How long is the recovery time after a wrist fracture?

Different degrees: A wrist fracture take a different amount of time to heal however a good general rule for most wrist fractures that need treatment either casting or surgery is that it's a 3 to 4 month process of healing and feeling better; say it takes a year before the wrist feels more normal obviously The type of fracture the degree of injury and ones general health affects all ...Read more

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How long will a compound wrist fracture take to heal?

How long will a compound wrist fracture take to heal?

5-7+ weeks: The location and character of the fracture makes a difference how long a wrist fracture will heal.

Typically it takes 5-7 weeks, but compound fractures have more soft tissue injury which will sometimes delay the healing outside of this time frame. ...Read more

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What's the fastest way to heal a minor wrist fracture?

Wrist brace: Usually an over the counter wrist inmobilizer should suffice, need to have certain degree of stiffness is recomended. ...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