A 40-year-old member asked:
how would you tell the difference if you sprained your finger or if you broke your finger?
2 doctor answers
Dr. Barry Waldman answered
28 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
Xrays: There is no reliable way to tell without obtaining x-rays.
Answered on Jul 21, 2018
Dr. Eran Kessous answered
21 years experience Sports Medicine
Hard to say: Many times your response to sprains and breaks in the fingers is similar. You should see your doctor for further evaluation. If the finger is swollen and hard to move because of pain, and especially if there is a lot of bruising, you should get an xray.
Answered on May 25, 2015
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