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Could getting a sprained finger be caused by cracking your knuckles

A 24-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jack Choueka
Specializes in Orthopedic Surgery
No: Unless you use incredible force knuckle cracking has not been shown to lead to any problems including arthritis.
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Dr. Brian Chimenti
27 years experience Sports Medicine
Possible: Possible but not likely.

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Dr. Nicholas Perera
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That : That would be an abnormally long time to have significant pain from a simple sprain. Did you ever have xrays done? Often the mechanism of a spain (hyp ... Read More
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Dr. Francisco Schwartz-Fernandes
26 years experience Hand Surgery
Sprains: Are sometimes difficult things to treat, and may take longer to heal, than a fracture. Did you take x-rays? Are you sure that it was only a sprain. S ... Read More
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A 37-year-old female asked:
Dr. Bernard Seif
40 years experience Clinical Psychology
Sprained finger: Get it checked out now by your doctor. If it is dislocated it can be put back in place. If there is a fracture or break he/she will make sure it hea ... Read More
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Dr. James Ferguson
46 years experience Pediatrics
Some basics: If you can make a fist & then fully extend the fingers it is a good sign. If your injury makes this impossible, not so much. If there is swelling ... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Amir Khan
Dr. Amir Khan answered
27 years experience Sports Medicine
Likley not: Its extremely unlikely to get fever from simply a sprained finger unless there is a cut or abrasion at the site of injury.
A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Natalie
16 years experience Sports Medicine
See a doc: Most sprained fingers are not treated with casting, though splinting can be used. If you think that you need a cast, you need an XR to make sure you d ... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kenneth Cheng
31 years experience Family Medicine
R.I.C.E.: Rest (limit your activities with the finger), immobilization (with a splint to limit movement), cold (packs of ice, 20 mins on, then 20 mins. Off) and ... Read More
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A 23-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kenneth Cheng
31 years experience Family Medicine
Consider a fracture: Severe bruising from a finger sprain heightens my concern for an avulsion fracture or a tear of a ligament or tendon. Simple sprains only need to be ... Read More
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A 63-year-old female asked:
Dr. Peter Karsant
39 years experience Dentistry
Damage: A sprain is soft tissue damage and will heal on its own. A broken finger is hard tissue damage(the bone) is fractured/broken, tissue may appear bruise ... Read More
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Coats II
23 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
Mostly with time: Ice, immobilization and early protected range of motion will help treat the symptoms of a finger sprain, as will nsaid's and steroids. What the joint ... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Matthew Enna
20 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
Early motion: It is important not to immobilize a finger sprain for too long as the finger can get stiff quickly. I would suggest getting your finger moving, avoidi ... Read More
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