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Is it possible for a hand fracture to be missed on an x-ray?

Is it possible for a hand fracture to be missed on an x-ray?

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

Hand Fracture (Definition)

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


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How likely is it to miss a hand fracture on an x-ray? Should you wait and get another x-ray?

How likely is it to miss a hand fracture on an x-ray? Should you wait and get another x-ray?

It depends: It depends on the type of injury and type of fracture. If the pain persists, especially on the area you touch (point tenderness) repeat x ray in 7 to 10 days or MRI is recommended. ...Read more

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Hi, I injured my hand in a contact sport. Wanted to check if it’s just a muscle injury from contact or could be broken hand bones, which would need an X-ray?

Hi, I injured my hand in a contact sport. Wanted to check if it’s just a muscle injury from contact or could be broken hand bones, which would need an X-ray?

If any doubt...: ...go get checked, and get the x-ray. Sorry, but we can't examine you from here. Nor are the absences of bruising, diminished range of motion, or severe pain definitive for a non-fracture. ...Read more

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What to do about a broken hand?

What to do about a broken hand?

Broken hand: First get a specific diagnosis, i.e. Fracture of the ___________. Then find out how it needs to be treated, ioe a cast, splint, surgery, pins, plates scows, or can it just be observed? X-rays help woth diagnosis and to make treatment decisions. Don't wait as often what happens in the first few weeks make s a huge diffenrece in how long it takes to feel better and what the options are for treating. ...Read more

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How can you treat a broken hand?

How can you treat a broken hand?

Depends on fracture: Depends on fracture. Treatment can be anywhere from taping; to closed reduction and putting in a splint; to surgery with internal fixation. The treatment options should be discussed with your surgeon. And fyi, there are orthopedic surgeons who just do hand surgery if you are looking for an appropriate physician for consultation and treatment. ...Read more

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What would a broken hand look like?

What would a broken hand look like?

Movies are wrong: Hands can not stand up to punching things, unprotected!
pain, swelling, bruising, new angles. Get to your doc. These are your most valuable tools in your tool box. Waiting worsens outcome. ...Read more

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How to exercise with a broken hand?

How to exercise with a broken hand?

Difficult question: To answer without knowing more about your fracture, as in how old, in a cast, exactly what type/severity of fracture. In general, you should be able to utilize an exercise/stationary bicycle (more so a recumbent rather than an upright). If you are looking for input about how much upper extremity function you have, review this with the surgeon. ...Read more

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How do I know if I have a broken hand?

How do I know if I have a broken hand?

Xray: A history, physical exam, and xray could help determine if you have a broken hand. Typically after an injury you may experience significant pain to the broken region, swelling, and inability to move that part of the body. Xray's have been the best diagnostic tool to confirm a fracture (usually 2-3 views), however there are other modalities. ...Read more

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How is child with broken hand treated?

How is child with broken hand treated?

Depends: Thorough exam to make sure no nerves/arteries are involved. Pain medications. Clean up and suture if necessary, any open lacerations. Splint the acute injury. See orthopedic surgeon for definitive eval and cast if necessary. ...Read more

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What should I do to address a broken hand?

What should I do to address a broken hand?

See a hand surgeon.: Assuming you have already had an x-ray of your hand, the next step is to see an orthopaedic hand surgeon for further evaluation. Non-displaced fractures usually need immobilization, where as displaced fractures may need surgery. Hand fractures usually take about 6 weeks to heal. Therapy is often needed to improve range of motion and strength after treatment. ...Read more

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What are some of the symptoms of broken hand?

What are some of the symptoms of broken hand?

Many: Pain, swelling, burising, or limited range of motion may be signs of a broken bone. ...Read more

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What are some of the symptoms of a broken hand?

What are some of the symptoms of a broken hand?

Pain and deformity: Usually there is pain, swelling and some deformity - crepitus or the sound of bone ends rubbing can also be present. ...Read more

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Is a broken hand always casted?

Is a broken hand always casted?

No: No, it depends on the specific type of break; but they are not always casted. ...Read more

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How do doctors treat a broken hand?

How do doctors treat a broken hand?

Xray: Xray is an excellent way to diagnosis a broken bone in your hand. ...Read more

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How can you check for a broken hand?

How can you check for a broken hand?

X-ray: Taking an x-ray is the only way to be sure that you have a fracture. ...Read more

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Is it safe to drive with a broken hand?

Probably Not: Your reaction time is going to be diminished with a broken hand and you will not be able to make sudden evasive maneuvers. ...Read more

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How do I treat a broken hand after surgery on it?

How do I treat a broken hand after surgery on it?

Carefully!: It depends on what was done during surgery. If the broken bone was fixed rigidly with plates and screws, you should be able to begin early motion and functional use. On the other hand, if only pins where used to fix the fracture, you might have to wait 6 weeks for full bony healing before you can move the hand. Talk to your surgeon about, immobilization, activity restrictions and exercise. ...Read more

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What could you do to help a swollen and broken hand?

What could you do to help a swollen and broken hand?

Splints, occ surgery: The location and character of the fracture makes a big difference on how hand fractures are treated.

Treatment ranges from protected rom, to splints or casts, or even surgery. ...Read more

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What to do when a broken hand's swelling does not go down?

What to do when a broken hand's swelling does not go down?

Ice and elevation: Swelling can persist for a long time. Elevate high up (like the statue of liberty) and use ice. ...Read more

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What is the downtime for a broken hand that requires surgery?

What is the downtime for a broken hand that requires surgery?

Depends: Depends on exactly what the surgery or bone is. Metacarpal fractures and surgeries seem to heal very quickly -- 4 weeks even. It also depends on what you're planning to do with your hand. Using a computer or driving is relatively quick to get back to doing. Swinging a sledge hammer, of course, will require more time. ...Read more