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how do i know if i have broken a bone in my hand? i have had an xray the day it happened which came back clear. that was two days ago and i am still

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Dr. John Munshower
Family Medicine 30 years experience
Fracture: An X-ray would be the diagnostic test, so if Negative it is unlikely you broke a bone. Pains may be form a bad contusion and swelling or area-pushing on nerves, etc. Seek help and pain treatment form Doc if severe.
Dr. Joseph Gutman
Internal Medicine 43 years experience
Well...: You do not need to have a broken bone to still have pain... There is likely soft tissue damage and this hurts and takes time to heal. Also you may want to have the X-rays examined again, as well as your hand. Do not panic...
Dr. Daniel Ziegler
Emergency Medicine 30 years experience
It isn't just bones: Xrays only look at bone. The hand is a complicated system of pulleys (synovial sheaths), cables (tendons), fasteners (ligaments), and hinges (joints), powered by motors (muscles), in the forearm that ties bones to each other and moves them in multiple directions. Injuries to any part will cause prob. Repeat x-ray in 10 days will find the RARE missed fracture. Broken bones bleed, cause bruising

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