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Best Way To Treat A Minor Fractured Finger
It depends: A fractured finger needs to be evaluated by a doctor with experience with these kinds of injuries. Some seemingly innocent finger fractures can have long-lasting negative results. If it is truly minor, a simple finger splint may be appropriate or even just buddy taping the finger to an uninjured neighbor. ...Read more
A fracture is a broken bone. As there is cartilage at the end of many bones at the joint, a fracture may also include a break in the cartilage. Fractures and broken bones are the same thing. It seems that many believe that a "fracture" is a lesser injury or an incomplete break in the bone, but this is not correct. Fractures may be displaced or ...Read more
Plan to x-ray : If there is no obvious deformity/ severe bleeding then start with rest, ice, compression, & elevation. You may splint the area, and take an otc antiinflammatory/ pain reliever if you don't have any contraindicated medical conditions. You should plan to have an x-ray in the next few days to make sure there are no fractures that will heal incorrectly. If there is obvious deformity = urgent care. ...Read more
Xray and specialist: Make sure to get an xray and find out which bone is fractured. Also see a hand or orthopedic specialist to see if it needs a splint or surgery. Hopefully it is a minor fracture and will heal with time. Its important to get it treated because finger fracture even if they heal can become very stiff. Therapy may be needed. Good luck! ...Read more
4-6 weeks: It takes the fracture 4-6 weeks to heal and it may take several more weeks for the swelling and stiffness to subside. See a board certified orthopaedic hand surgeon for evaluation and treatment. ...Read more
6-10 weeks.: Assuming it is a simple fracture, they usually take 6 -10 weeks to get all your motion and function back. ...Read more
Possible: This depends on the severity of injury. A minor injury in which you sustain a fracture which is not initially displaced can further displace and worsen if you use it. ...Read more
Pain and: Fractures (broken bones) often are associated with swelling, pain, and bruising. If the fracture is out of place or mal-aligned a deformity can sometimes be seen. Please get evaluated by an orthopedic surgeon to get the appropriate care. ...Read more
Finger fracture: If the finger doesnt bend and straighten like normally, if the bone is not straight or appears twisted, get to an orthopaedic hand surgeon within a week if possible. ...Read more
What to do if I broke my pinky and had a cast for 2weeks and just got it off its all stiff and how long would it take to rehabilitate a fractured finger?
How long does it take for a fractured finger to heal? Is it necessary and important for me to go see a doctor again and maybe to take x-ray's again?
Time is on your side: Without knowing the details of the fracture, it is impossible to determine the healing time. An uncomplicated fracture could heal in as little as six weeks but some could take much longer. Follow up visits and x-rays are, in part, protect you from potential complications of the injury. ...Read more
I have a fractured finger and my doctor used the method of taping it with the finger next to it with tape, can that cut the circulation of blood to it?
When should a doctor put you in a cast for a fractured finger much pain, in splint when moving it in splint hurts
Casting : Casting for an isolate tiger is unusual unless tendon ruoture accompanies the injury. ...Read more
What can be the cause of a fractured finger not healing (growing back) after more than 7 weeks? My Orthopedic Surgeon said to wear splint only and no surgery, but how will the splint help if there's already no sign of healing? Please advise.
What to do if i need help with a cracked or fractured ring finger how do I diagnose it and treat it myself?
Don't treat yourself: The ring finger is very important with respect to grip strength of your hand. Orthopaedic surgeons spend years training in order to diagnose and treat these injuries properly. Do yourself a favor and see an orthopaedic surgeon or go to an er or urgent care center to have an xray and receive proper treatment. ...Read more
I fractured my wrist and it wasn't treated now there is still swelling and pain, my knuckle on my little finger has distorted and move. Pain constant?
Need and exam: You have a serious condition that needs diagnosis and treatment that requires a visit to a physician and possible x-rays. Don't delay. ...Read more
Hi, my daughter fractured her.finger at the base. er doc advised its minor. its now buddy strapped & swelling is down. is it necessary to see surgeon?
See Hand Surgeon.: The ED doctor may very well be right, but it’s always good to follow-up the ED visit with a visit to a Hand Surgeon, just to be complete. ...Read more
I got a small fracture on my index finger in my growth plate I am almost 15 when will i be good to go?
4 to 6 weeks: Depending on complexity of the fracture, most will heal adequately within 6 weeks. Buddy taping with early rom allows for quicker functional recovery. ...Read more
Fracture of right humerus nov 2013. Last month developed small hard knots/bumps 1" below 3 middle fingers causing pain swelling difficulty bending?
Unrelated need eval: The bump on the ?Palm side of hand is likely dupiytrena contracture which is a growth of scar on the tendons that bend fingers. As it worsens needs treatment. Now there is an injection that may bypass surgery. See a hand surgeon to confirm. Not related to fractures shoulder in any case. ...Read more
I think I have a fracture on my 2 metacarpal finger. I have all the symptoms, but 3 weeks ago i was treated for a sprain. Plus it's not any better. What should I do?
?: So sorry you are still having pain. If an x-ray was not done at your initial doctor's office visit this would be a great place to start. Even if it was initial x-rays can sometimes miss non-displaced fractures. Regardless of whether it is a fracture or not if you are still hurting good time to return to your physician or a sports medicine specialist. ...Read more
I've had a meatcarpel fracture in small finger for 6 weeks. How many more weeks till it heels. I've had it in a cast and volar slab.?
Typically it takes 4-6 weeks to heal
if it takes more than 6-8 weeks i'd be more concerned
do you have a severely displaced fracture which is not healing?
Might you need surgical fixation? ...Read more
How would you treat a spiral finger fracture? I read this phrase as part of another q/a -- "a leash or rope injury with torque or rotatory force on a finger will cause a spiral fracture of a metacarpal. A fracture of a phalanx." this is exactly what happ
If this has just happened (like in the last week) you should see a hand surgeon. If your finger already twists when you bend it, it will heal in this position unless reduced. Spiral fractures can often be treated with wires (temporary) after reduction or sometimes with plates and/or screws.
See a hand surgeon. ...Read more
I have finger splint for fracture of top knuckle. Have white appearance on bottom of finger and it smells. What is it and how do I treat it?
Wet: You may be getting your finger wet and not allowing it to dry properly. Examine the area, dry completely and make sure there is no skin breakdown or an infection. ...Read more
Small fracture in the tip of my finger waited about 9 days before getting an xray. Got a splint on the 9th day. Will that delay affect the healing?
Not immobilizing the fracture may delay healing
, but dosent sound big. ...Read more
I crushed hand two weeks ago. I got it x-rayed, no fracture. Now I have a small painful lump at the base of pinky finger palm side. What could it be?
Painful finger lump:
Could be a ganglion cyst , they develop when there is repetitive stress and a crush injury could be stress enough. Sometimes they go away on their own or can be aspirated ,rarely need surgical removal. Could also be tendon partial tear ( would not see unless MRI) f/ u
http://www.assh.org/handcare/hand-arm-conditions/ganglion-cyst ...Read more
I have a slightly painful small hard lump in between my index and middle finger on my right hand. No broken bones. I do use the computer a lot. ?
Examination: This would require an examination and possibly an x-Ray to determine the nature of the lump. ...Read more
Help heal metacarpal fracture to left middle finger knuckle. Xray says small fracture and dr says nothing to do. Just wait. 1 month still really hurts?
See a physician: You may want to get another opinion. At your age i would expect the fracture pain to improve significantly after 2 - 3 weeks. Therefore, there may be something else going on, or the fracture may be more severe than thought, or it may not be healing. Sometimes, if range of motion (therapy) is not instituted in a timely fashion, pain can also result from that. ...Read more
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