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Doctor insights on: Wrist Hairline Fracture Healing Time

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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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I got hairline fracture in 5th metacarpal bone in hand 15days back im using splint, how much time i would continue splint?

I got hairline fracture in 5th metacarpal bone in hand 15days back im using splint, how much time i would continue splint?

follow dr.'s advice: 5th metacarpal fx.S are common.They can occur at the neck of the metacarpal('boxers' fx.)or in the shaft. Commonly treated in splint(ulnar gutter) for 4-6 wks. Some take a full 8 weeks to heal.See your ors for folow-up and recccommendations! ...Read more

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Hairline fracture to wrist feels like?

Fracture: Hairline fracture implies a mild break in the bone without displacement or angulation. While this still hurts the pain is generally not as bad as if there is a more serious injury such as a displaced or crooked fracture. Regardless the pain is generally localized with regional focal tenderness. There's often some degree of pain with range of motion of the wrist as well. ...Read more

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How mighti know if I have a hairline fracture in my wrist?

How mighti know if I have a hairline fracture in my wrist?

Repeat Xray or MRI: Initial xray may not show, but should in about 2 wks or so. An MRI is a much better test for for small fracture. A bone scan can also show this. If you did not have trauma, fracture is not likely. Use of antiinflammatory med such as aleve/motrin for pain, and a wrist splint may help quite a bit. Rest, but should have some gentle range of motion to avoid stiffness. Consult doc. Good luck. ...Read more

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Hairline fracture on the wrist stll not healed, how to treat it?

Hairline fracture on the wrist stll not healed, how to treat it?

Immobilize: Most hairline fractures heal within 4-6 weeks except for scaphoid fractures. If it has not healed then you need to see a specialist to see why you have not healed. ...Read more

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Do I need surgery on hairline fracture? What effec on wrist if goes untreated?

Do I need surgery on hairline fracture? What effec on wrist if goes untreated?

NO: A hairline fracture rarely requires surgery but likely requires a cast. If untreated it may do ok. However, if it shifts out of position because it was not properly protected then that may have serious consequences. ...Read more

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I got an hairline fracture on my right wrist. Will I have decreased function when it heals?

I got an hairline fracture on my right wrist. Will I have decreased function when it heals?

Probably not: A nondisplaced wrist fracture that is appropriately treated will, in most cases, not cause any permanent functional impairment. ...Read more

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Identifying a hairline fracture in the wrist in the flied I am an nremt and was curious as too make a positive diagnoses ?

Identifying a hairline fracture in the wrist in the flied  I am an nremt and was curious as too make a positive diagnoses ?

CT,MR or bone scan: Ct is reat for bone detalail & u can reformat into 2-d, also good to show healing. An mr will show edema and bleeding in the area of even a hairline fracrure, d not great for bone detail or 4 showing healing. Bone scan is very sensative for bone activity in the area of a suspected fx but is not specific $ fracture, only activity : infection, tumor etc i would go ct-mr if important.$$$$$$ , . ...Read more

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How long does a hairline fracture to the wrist take to heal?

How long does a hairline fracture to the wrist take to heal?

Depends: Bones take atleast 6 weeks to heal and the joint a few weeks to regain its flexibility and function. ...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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If there was a hairline fracture in wrist. Would I get a cast a splint or nothing. It's on the side of my pinky ?

If there was a hairline fracture in wrist. Would I get a cast a splint or nothing. It's on the side of my pinky 
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Will get right one: First you need to see your MD get X-ray If nothing you get nothing , if there is a fracture depending what type it is , some times a small fragment is in the joint you may need even open reduction to prevent future arthritis of joint , let orthopedist decide , seek medical help , it is free in UK you are lucky . ...Read more

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Pinky side wrist , is it possible to feel a hairline fracture I'm my wrist but not show up on xray? Doc said to come back in 2 weeks for more xrays...

Pinky side wrist , is it possible to feel a hairline fracture I'm my wrist but not show up on xray? Doc said to come back in 2 weeks for more xrays...

U would feel pain--: --but may not show up on images. If I suspected a fracture i would splint it 2 protect it 4 the 2 wks. Part of the fracture healing is that the body absorbs bone @ the fracture site and then becomes visible on images. That's why the wait. ...Read more

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I think I've got a hairline fracture in my wrist. It's the side of the pinky it got hit really hard against a metal pole. Bruising and swelling hurts ?

I think I've got a hairline fracture in my wrist. It's the side of the pinky it got hit really hard against a metal pole. Bruising and swelling hurts ?

Bruising: generally indicates bone damage which can vary froma bone bruise to a non-displaced Fracture! Get an X ray! ( if only to determine how long you can expect the pain to last) Apply ICE during first 24-36 hours then heat Hope this is helpful Dr Z ...Read more

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What are symptoms of a hairline fracture in your hand?

What are symptoms of a hairline fracture in your hand?

Pain, swelling...: ... Decreased painful range of motion, strength deficits, night pain, persistent symptoms more than three or four days. If you have point tenderness, this too is a suggestive sign that may require a visit to your primary care doc, sports doc or orthopedist. You may need an xray and/or immobilization, sometimes even surgery. It's best to diagnose fractures early, so you can best heal in alignment. ...Read more

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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