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A 21-year-old female asked:

i sprained my 2 metacarpal finger 4 days go and now it feels weak when i make a fist. would this b a hairline fracture that didn't show up n the x-ray?

4 doctor answers5 doctors weighed in
Dr. Yash Khanna
Family Medicine 57 years experience
Unlikely but possibl: If the pain persists see an orthpedic doctor and have it rexrayed but sprain can cauise the same symptoms and usually get better with time.
Dr. Jeffrey Wint
Hand Surgery 35 years experience
Swelling: Swelling from a sprain, bruise or tiny fracture may make the joint stiff and as a result hard to make a full fist or painful making the hand feel weak. Typically it is better to transiently splint the pip and dip figer joints straight when inactive, ice and at the same time work on motion when swelling is down. Nsaids can help as well. Often swelling persists in the small joints for a few months.
Dr. Jeffrey Wint
Hand Surgery 35 years experience
Follow up: An follow up xray will help rule out a fracture if there is doubt an an exam for a more discernible ligament injury ice anti-inflammatories and rest and splinting are the main acute treatments. Even without a fracture swelling and stiffness can make the hand feel weak.
Dr. Payam Rafat
Podiatry 22 years experience
Possible.: You may need a follow up xray in about a week.

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Last updated Sep 28, 2016

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