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How long do you have to have your finger in a splint if it is sprained

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Dr. Ahmad M Hadied
48 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
It depend: Sprain as you know have three grade 1-2-3-three is the worst. I would suggest 2 weeks of splinting and how it go.

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A female asked:
Dr. Natalie Sieb
13 years experience Family Medicine
Keep moving: The movement is definitely a good thing. You don't want to completely NOT move it for a week because that will cause unnecessary stiffness and likely ... Read More
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A 59-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kenneth Cheng
30 years experience Family Medicine
No but helpful : A simple finger sprain can heal without splinting, however, a splint can help provide greater support of the finger.
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ahmad M Hadied
48 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
Sprain from working: Sprain from working will happen on long term basis, micro trauma, the sprain cause some swelling and pain, the finger could tilt toward the outside an ... Read More
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Trettin
32 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
Elbow? : Need more information concerning your dislocation. Was it your elbow? Did it have an accompanying fractures.?another upper extremity joint? If the elb ... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Wint
34 years experience Hand Surgery
Fractured wrist: Can be a hairline injury that nay only need a splint to a more complex injury. How do you know . Well short if completing a residency in orthopedic su ... Read More
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A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Richard Makowiec
26 years experience Hand Surgery
Have it check: The thumb is critical to hand function. Best to have it checked by a hand surgeon and get appropriate xrays. While some thumb fractures are easily t ... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Vinay Pampati
16 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
Routine: Some use a cast and others use a brace. Most fractures have to be immobilized so they do not seperate when u try to walk. I usually let people walk ... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience Psychiatry
Fracture/ Break: A medical examination, history and X-rays are needed to accurately diagnose a fracture/ break in most cases.
A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Allen Lu
Dr. Allen Lu answered
23 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
Depends: Unfortunately it depends very much on which part of the wrist is sprained. A sprain is defined by a tear or a tendon or ligament. The wrist has ligame ... Read More
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A 42-year-old male asked:
Dr. David Trettin
32 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
Usually obvious: Elbow dislocations in adults are usually obvious w/ deformity, swelling and pain. Most all occur w/ significant trauma or w/ falls on elbow or outstre ... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Steven Brown
38 years experience Hand Surgery
Splinting: Mallet finger usually responds well to splinting in extension for 6 weeks. May require nighttime splinting for an additional 2 weeks. You need to not ... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Einbecker
35 years experience Hand Surgery
See your doc: Unless you are trained it would be difficult for you to determine if there is a problem. Recommend you see your doc so it can be evaluated.
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kenneth Cheng
30 years experience Family Medicine
Approx 6 weeks: Fractures, if properly immobilized, generally heal in approximately 6 weeks.
A 54-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gary Pess
Dr. Gary Pess answered
39 years experience Hand Surgery
No problem: It is no problem, but the missionary position is not advisable. You do not want to lean on your injured wrist.
A 57-year-old member asked:
Dr. Pavel Conovalciuc
22 years experience Family Medicine
Splint: It depends on the structures involvement (i.e. Joint). Uncomplicated ones are treated by applying a finger splint or buddy taping. Complex ones are t ... Read More
A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Roger Palutsis
35 years experience Sports Medicine
Not always: Most thumb fractures can be treated with a splint and not a cast. Fractures to the metacarpal (hand bone of the thumb) usually are best treated with a ... Read More
A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Sider
38 years experience Sports Medicine
Xray: If you had an injury and are having pain and difficulty with ambulation you should get an xray while most toe fractures are treated conservatively, ... Read More
A 21-year-old male asked:
Dr. Stephen Katz
28 years experience Sports Medicine
It depends.: Steve, if your finger is straight and you have good function then it is not an emergency to be seen. But if there is any displacement or angulation of ... Read More
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A 53-year-old member asked:
Dr. Arnold Beresh
40 years experience Podiatry
See a podiatrist: You will need an x-ray to determine if there is a fracture and then care to get you on the ball field.
A 55-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ahmad M Hadied
48 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
Not necessarily: It depend what fracture you have and were the fracture located, some require hand cast some are not.
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Surdyka
32 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
Fracture=broken: A fracture means the bone is broken, You will not be able to grip if you really have a broken thumb that hasn't healed. Generally, the thumb should be ... Read More
A 43-year-old female asked:
Dr. Philip Schwarzman
46 years experience Emergency Medicine
Immobilize it: Use an ace wrap or wear a stiff shoe (Dr.Scholl's).
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A 43-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ayo Adu
Dr. Ayo Adu answered
13 years experience Sports Medicine
Stability: If your thumb lacks stability, this increases the likelihood of a tear. Your physician may order an MRI to verify.
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