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post #1 of 25
Thread Starter 
My brother just hurt his hand quite badly...but I can't tell if it's broken. He was screwing around with some buddies with a football and somehow when he caught the ball his fingers were in the way...
Now, the top of his hand is twice the size it should be and it hurts him a lot to move his fingers (he can barely move them) or to move his wrist.
Do you think I should take him to the ER? How do I tell if it's broken? It doesn't look deformed or anything...just really swollen.
Please help...I just don't know what to do?
post #2 of 25
post #3 of 25
It is better to be safe than sorry,It could be broken!!
post #4 of 25
Yes, always better safe than sorry!

Hope it's better soon.
post #5 of 25
Thread Starter 
Mom is panicing right now...she's worried about him, but then she's worried about the bill of the ER too...since money is kind of tight right now. Right now, I'm trying to convince her to take him in! Anyway, I gave him some ibuprofen and a big ice pack. I think I'm going to watch it for the next 30 minutes and see if there is any improvement. If not, I'm taking him in myself.
Thanks guys for the speedy replies! You all are awesome!
BTW...is there any telltale signs of it being broken?
post #6 of 25
Take a package of frozen veggies out of the freezer (peas is best) wrap this around his hand and secure it in place with saran wrap and get him to an ER- it could just be jammed, but if it is broken he will be in much more pain very soon.
post #7 of 25
Shell, when my son broke his wrist...it did not appear to be broken when I first saw it.. It was swollen. Anyway, because he was in pain, I took him to the ER and the x-ray revealed a nasty fracture. He had to have surgery and wore a cast for the entire summer. Again...it didn't look broken—Freaked me out.

I'd get him to the ER, just in case.

post #8 of 25
I just now saw this. That injury sounds very painful, and I hope your brother has been able to go to either the ER or Urgent Care. How is your brother now, did the doctor say his hand is broken????????
post #9 of 25
Thread Starter 
I just checked on him and he is now able to move his fingers with out much pain. Mom still didn't feel that it was urgent enough to take him to the ER, but is planing on taking him in tomorrow morning to see our family Doctor. The swelling is going down, no bruising (yet) and the pain is getting better. The more I look at it, it looks more like a bad sprain...but we're getting it looked at just in case. Poor kid...it's his right hand and its the one that he uses for everything. Plus, it looks like he'll be out of this weeks track meet too since he's a shot putter. He's kinda bummed out...but those are the breaks (Hopefully, not literally!)!
Thanks guys for everything! You all are so awesome!
post #10 of 25
Maybe it was a sprain? I don't know that I ever really learned to walk right, but I am ALWAYS stepping SIDEWAYS on my right ankle...I mean..DOWN to the side FLAT. I have sprained it many many times that way and it has ballooned like crazy.

I think I would still go for XRays, though.....you just never know.
post #11 of 25
Thread Starter 
We'll see what the Doc says tomorrow...I'm sure they'll do xrays and etc. Hope it's not broken! He'll be so ticked it has to wear a cast on his hand at PROM! But then again...he might think it attract chicks or something too! Teenage boys...I swear!
post #12 of 25
LOL...Oh yeah! The girls did pay extra attention to my son when he had a cast....forgot about that perk. Although, he's at the age where he thinks girls a gross and didn't pay much attention to them.

I hope that everything turns out well!

post #13 of 25
Shell, he should keep icing it, and if he is going to take anything for pain, it should be aspirin, aleve or motrin, not tylenol. Tylenol is only a pain reliever, but the others will decrease swelling/inflammation as well.

Hope all is well!
post #14 of 25
I broke my hand playing softball a few years ago. The second it broke I knew it! I would give his hand a day or so to relax and see what happens. if it is broken, the pain will not subside, however, if the pain goes awaya gradually, it more than likely is a sprain. I am not a doctor, but both times I broke a bone, I knew it immediatly. What does he think happened?

post #15 of 25
I agree, Ginger, you usually know when it is broken. I can always tell because first I get a wave of heat through me and start sweating profusely, then I get the chills right on top of that and my teeth start chattering. Then I get nauseous. Then I go to the ER.

Has your brother ever broken a bone before, Shell? How old is he?
post #16 of 25
I know the crises has passed but some signs of a broken bone are going very white under your nose or upper lip also a very strong sense of nausea.
I hope all is well!
post #17 of 25
When my son, Richard, broke his wrist, it was obvious - human wrists don't bend that way.

My brother, Mike broke his thumb and it was hard to tell, at first. We tok him to the base hospital and these two dumb corpsmen sat looking at the X-ray and argued as to whether it was broken or dislocated. When the ortho got there, he took one look and said, "Set it!"

As for the cast, they have some really cool colors, nowadays. When I tore up my ankle, all I got was plain old vanilla.
post #18 of 25
shell how is your brother?
post #19 of 25
Just read this...what did the Dr. say? Hope he is doing okay!!!
post #20 of 25
Thread Starter 
He woke up this morning and was bullheaded (more than usual!). He said that it still hurt quite a bit, but he doesn't need to see a Dr. Must me that testosterone raging through his 17 year old body! He can be so unpredicable at times!

He can bend his wrist and move his fingers, but it still hurts...not as bad as last night though. So, we're just watching it for now and he's taking Advil for the pain & inflammation.

But who knows...this boy changes his mind like he changes his underwear so he might think tomorrow he needs to go see the Doc.
Thanks everyone for the great tips and the concern..You all are so sweet and caring. Thanks for being there when I needed you all...
post #21 of 25
Not to be a downer, but...

A good friend of mine slipped on ice and fell on her hip about a month ago. At first, she thought she had just badly bruised her hip. But, after three weeks she was still limping (and still jogging and still doing Tae Bo ). Me and several other people got on her case and made her go to see the doctor. Mind you, my friend is not a wimp-she's had two open heart surgeries and a spinal fusion, but she agreed to go (or gave into us).

At first, the doctor found no injuries on her X-rays. But an MRI revealed that she had fractured the top of her leg bone, where it goes into her hip. Since they caught it early enough, she just has to be on crutches for the next 4-6 weeks. If they hadn't found it, she may have needed surgery.

I understand that cost can be an issue, but my thinking is getting a problem taken care of early can prevent more problems down the road.

Shell, I'm keeping good thoughts for your brother. I hope everything turns out well (and if he has to have a cast he can use it to impress the girls with at Prom).
post #22 of 25
one evening, my dad broke his foot by accidently stepping on the side of it while he was going down our back steps. He noticed increasing pain in his foot right away. My mom tried to insist that he go to the ER, but he refused. The next morning the pain was even worse than before and dad could barely walk, but he still refused to go to the doctor and went to work instead. He finally had his foot x-rayed when his BOSS absolutely insisted on it, and came home wearing a cast.
post #23 of 25
Thread Starter 
I'm still trying to get him to go, but he said "If it still hurts like hell on Thursday, I'll go...but not until then". I could hear that comment coming from my Dad, but coming from a 17 year old! He's on this macho kick right now and that "I'll be 18 in May and I can make my own decisions!" kick now too. It is so hard to drill something into his head...when he's got him mind set and he will not budge.
I'm still working on him...so hopefully he'll just get tired of listening to me preaching about it and he'll go! I'd drag him there by his feet if I could, but Marc is not a little boy. He's 6 ft 2 and weighs in at a whopping 255 pounds!
Thanks again for everything!
post #24 of 25
17-year-old boys aren't finished growing, yet. If it is fractured and, depending upon where the fracture is, there can be interference with the growth pattern. He really needs to get this checked. If we hadn't gotten my son's wrist set properly, he would have had a permanent deformity.
post #25 of 25
Ick! I just can't stand to see broken bones. Limbs bent the wrong way...ugh!

My bro broke both the bones in his forearm while on a trampoline, he fell on the metal part. Not wanting to go to the doctor is being ignorant and bull-headed. Sure he can make his own decisions, but what will he think of himself when he can't ever do anything with his right hand again? and all because he refused to go to the doctor. What if it heals all deformed? The girls will LOVE that!

...sorry, a little rant I remember with MY brother.
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