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I was just wondering if there is some kind of time frame after a bone is broken when a doctor could still see a fracture?

I fell on my wrist while in moab about 6 weeks ago and it still has a lot of point tenderness below the third knuckle of my thumb. I have also lost some grip strength. At this point I'm thinking of having it looked at but if an x-ray won't show anything I don't know if I'll waste the time and money.

Several years ago I had a bennets fracture on the same thumb and didn't go the doctor till four months later and had to have surgery because it healed funny and hurt all the time. I, of course, regret that decision now with the loss of range of motion in my hand, and I may be too late to do anything about it now anyway. I think its called darwinism or something.

So could a doctor still see a fracture?

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Thanks for the reply Dr Mark, I went to the Doc and found a break. Hopefully the ortho will have good news next week

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