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A 18-year-old member asked:

How can you tell if your finger is broken?

11 doctor answers15 doctors weighed in
Dr. David Wishnew
Wound care 42 years experience
Finger trauma: History: was there a significant trauma? Pain: pain at rest and pain with motion. Deformity: does the finger appear badly aligned when fingers are straight? When you make a fist, do the fingers fall into their normal position. Bruising? Of course, the definitive way to determine is to have the finger x-rayed.
Dr. Michael Raemisch
Hand Surgery 24 years experience
X-ray: X-ray is the most reliable way to tell if your finger is broken. Even a finger with the worst swelling, pain, and/or inability to move, might not be broken. Get an x-ray to be sure you'll treat the finger properly for best healing and future function.
Dr. G Jason Hunt
Orthopedic Surgery 16 years experience
Xray: See your physician. An xray is the most effective way to diagnose a broken bone.
Dr. Todd Guyette
Specializes in Hand Surgery
Pain and swelling: The location and character of the fracture makes a big difference on how hand fractures present and are treated. Traditionally fractures present with pain and swelling, but symptoms can also include stiffness and clinical deformity of the finger.
Dr. Jerry Huang
Hand Surgery 20 years experience
Obtain an X-ray: If you had a recent injury and are concerned that you have a broken finger, you should see a physician and obtain x-rays of the finger.
Dr. Matthew Enna
Orthopedic Surgery 20 years experience
X-rays: Sometimes, it is grossly evident that a finger is broken because it is deformed, but this is certainly not always the case. If you are concerned that your finger may be broken, i would suggest seeing an orthopaedic surgeon for an exam and x-rays.
Dr. Jeffrey Wint
Hand Surgery 35 years experience
Pain, swelling: Decreased motion, ecchymoses ( black and blue) deformity, crepitance ( crunchy bone sounds) and finally an x-ray.
Dr. Jeffrey Wint
Hand Surgery 35 years experience
Pain, swelling: Decreased motion, ecchymoses ( black and blue) deformity, crepitance ( crunchy bone sounds) and finally an x-ray.
Dr. Gregory Harvey
Orthopedic Surgery 38 years experience
Broken finger: Difficult to determine without a xray. However, if there is swelling, pain, bruising and a defomity, there is a good chance it is broken.
Dr. Jeffrey Wint
Hand Surgery 35 years experience
Maybe if you describ: More, someone can help. Unless you have a special way of holding it up to the computer or phone screen for an xray!. Perhaps a picture and a private message? But nothing substitute s at this point for an in person exam and an xray.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Unless you have: A clear cut deformity - medical history, examination and x-ray are usually required to make an accurate diagnosis.

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A 40-year-old member asked:

How could i tell if i've broken my finger?

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
X-rays: It usually requires x-rays (plus medical hx ; physical exam) to correctly diagnose a fracture.
Birmingham, Alabama
A 37-year-old female asked:

Sprained or broken finger. How can I tell?

2 doctor answers7 doctors weighed in
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).
A 48-year-old member asked:

What can they do for you if your finger is broken?

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Dr. Pavel Conovalciuc
Family Medicine 23 years experience
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 treated by orthopedic specialists and may require surgery or other more complicated modalities.
Marks, MS
A 29-year-old male asked:

How can you tell if your finger is broken or dislocated?

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Dr. Richard Romano
Internal Medicine 9 years experience
By an x ray : The best way is by an x-ray.
A 34-year-old member asked:

How do you tell if your finger is broken or jammed?

1 doctor answer2 doctors weighed in
Dr. Melvin Glover
Family Medicine 19 years experience
See your doctor: Your doctor will perform a physical exam and consider ordering an x-ray if he/she feels that the finger may be broken.

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