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How do i know if i have a broken finger or just a sprain?

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Dr. Daniel Haffner
Orthopedic Surgery 34 years experience
X-rays: Pain, bruising, swelling and difficulty moving the finger are all signs of injury, but only an x-ray can prove the finger is broken.
Dr. Toni Lin
Dr. Toni Linanswered
Specializes in Hand Surgery
X-ray: The only way to know for sure is to get an x-ray. A finger with a small break or a breaks that isn't too badly out of place may not look too bad from the outside. Also, it's an "old wive's tale" that it's not broken if you can move it. Hope you feel better soon!

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A 37-year-old female asked:

Sprained or broken finger. How can I tell?

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Dr. Ankush Bansal
Internal Medicine 17 years experience
Can't really tell: You can't really tell for sure without an x-ray. Some sprains can be so painful that it mimics a fracture. However, if you have a fracture and it is not fixed properly, it can lead to permanent dysfunction of the joint or nerve injury (e.g. Pain).

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