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how do I know if I sprained my finger

A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Danny Proffitt
42 years experience Family Medicine
Next finger, lightly: For a simple sprain, it is usual to "buddy tape" it to the next finger. Loosely tape it to support the injured finger and give support and comfort. ... Read More

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Dr. Jeffrey Sider
38 years experience Sports Medicine
Probably: Just because you are black and blue doesnt mean you have a serious injury. You may just have a bruise/ contusion. On the other hand i have seen man ... Read More
A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Paul Williams
34 years experience Family Medicine
Sprained finger: Normally sprains resolve in 3-5 days and the pain gradually fades. What was the mechanism of injury - based on your symptoms I would be concerned ... Read More
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A 24-year-old male asked:
Dr. Kathy Robinson
31 years experience Family Medicine
Probably: It is probably okay for you to play but I suggest that you let the team coach, trainer or doctor look at it first. They may want to tape it to protect ... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Galland
31 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
X-ray to be sure: Unless there is an obvious deformity you may not be able to tell the difference with the naked eye. While a sprain is an injury to the ligaments of th ... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Coats II
22 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 54-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Coats II
22 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
Pain and swelling: A finger sprain is an injury involving the supporting structures of joint. The joint capsule and ligaments, provide stability to the joint. In a spr ... Read More
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A 56-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Galland
31 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
Occupational Therapy: You should see an occupational therapist for an evaluation and exercise/therapy plan.
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Matthew Enna
19 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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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ahmad M Hadied
48 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
4-6 weeks: The finger joints are brown to sprain and because the anatomy of it takes a while to heal and some leave some stiffness.

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