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Broken Or Jammed Finger
How can you tell if finger is broken or jammed. Index finger is quite swollen down into knuckle on hand. Can move it?
X-ray: The only real way to tell is with an x-ray. If you had a traumatic episode (ie falling on it) then it would also point to more of a fracture. If you had no injury to your finger and the finger is also swollen, then you may need to be evaluated for an infection if you have any open sores on the finger. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I have pain towards the bottom of my pinky. It is swelled and hurts to move. But im not sure if ifs broken or just a jammed finger, do you know?
Trauma?: Do you remember having injured it? You don't mention your age. There are many causes. Best to see your physician and get an x-ray if indicated. ...Read more
X-Ray + time: You can't tell a jammed or sprained finger from a broken finger just by looking. You need an x-ray. Even if you can move it, it may still be broken. Treatment for a sprain is very different from a fracture. Get it checked out. If x-ray is negative, then time will usually heal the finger, but it may take 6 months or more to feel better. ...Read more
Jammed finger: You need to make sure that there is no fracture nor any significant ligament or tendon injury. Check with your doctor to find out for sure. If diagnosis is correct, range of motion exercises are extremely important. Modalities to reduce swelling include ice, elevation, and nsaids. Heat helps warm up and loosen joint aiding in range of motion. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Buddy tape: Taping is usually not terribly effective for a " jammed finger", but when we do tape them, we will typically buddy tape the finger to the one beside it. This involves using two thin strips of tape and taping your injured finger to the one next to it above and below the injured joint. This allows you to still move it, but offers some limited support. ...Read more
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