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Could getting a sprained finger be caused by cracking your knuckles?

Could getting a sprained finger be caused by cracking your knuckles?

No: Unless you use incredible force knuckle cracking has not been shown to lead to any problems including arthritis. ...Read more

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Dr. Payam Rafat
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Sprain (Definition)

A sprain is a medical term that describes an injury to soft tissue structures in the area. Common examples are a lumbar sprain, in which you might injure muscles in your back; or an ankle sprain in which you could injure ligaments about the ankle. Sprains can be from mild to severe, and so ...Read more


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Can you get a fever from a sprained finger?

Can you get a fever from a sprained finger?

Likley not: Its extremely unlikely to get fever from simply a sprained finger unless there is a cut or abrasion at the site of injury. ...Read more

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Can you get a cast for a sprained finger?

See a doc: Most sprained fingers are not treated with casting, though splinting can be used. If you think that you need a cast, you need an XR to make sure you don't have a fractured, or broken, bone as treatment can be dramatically different. See you doc ...Read more

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How could I reduce sprained finger pain?

How could I reduce sprained finger pain?

Finger sprain: 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. ...Read more

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What could be done about a sprained finger that is severely bruised?

What could be done about a sprained finger that is severely bruised?

Consider a fracture: Severe bruising from a finger sprain heightens my concern for an avulsion fracture or a tear of a ligament or tendon. Simple sprains only need to be splinted for short time. Persistent symptoms should be evaluated by a physician. Better yet, have it checked now to rule out these more serious causes. ...Read more

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How do you treat a finger sprain?

How do you treat a finger sprain?

Mostly with time: Ice, immobilization and early protected range of motion will help treat the symptoms of a finger sprain, as will nsaid's and steroids. What the joint ultimately needs to recover from the excessive stretching of the capsule and ligaments is time to repair the damaged structures. This takes 2-6 weeks for mild sprains and 3 or more months for severe sprains. ...Read more

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Do you have to put a splint on a sprained finger?

Do you have to put a splint on a sprained finger?

No but helpful : A simple finger sprain can heal without splinting, however, a splint can help provide greater support of the finger. ...Read more

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What are the best treatments for a jammed/sprained finger?

What are the best treatments for a jammed/sprained finger?

Motrin, cold packs: Treatment for a jammed finger includes: rest, cold packs, & elevating that hand up to the chest. Motrin or Advil (ibuprofen) for 3 days helps reduce the swelling & pain. One can "buddy splint" by taping the injured finger to the finger next to it for a few days. If the pain is severe, the finger crooked, or the range of motion significantly decreased, a primary or orthopedic doctor can evaluate & do an x-ray. ...Read more

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Hi Doctors. How do I know if I have a finger sprain or if it may be broken?

Fracture/ Break: A medical examination, history and X-rays are needed to accurately diagnose a fracture/ break in most cases. ...Read more

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How do I know if I have a dislocated finger or just another sprained finger?

How do I know if I have a dislocated finger or just another sprained finger?

Xray and exam: Jammed fingers can result in simple sprains, dislocations, fracture-dislocations, and tendon ruptures. Unfortunately, even the most innocuous appearing finger could be a serious injury. The only way to know how serious is by getting an examination and x-ray. ...Read more

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I'm showing some symptoms of a sprained finger, how do I know if i need to see a doc?

I'm showing some symptoms of a sprained finger, how do I know if i need to see a doc?

Depends: If the pain is severe/debilitating, or if there is gross instability of the finger, or if there is significant redness and/or swelling, then i would recommend seeing a doc. Other than that, you can certainly just try ice, elevation, ibupforen, and buddy taping (taping the finger to the one next to it, which provides stability). ...Read more

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With a sprained finger or torn ligament, do I need to keep it in a splint?

With a sprained finger or torn ligament, do I need to keep it in a splint?

This may depend on : the finger involved and as to exactly what specific type of injury that was sustained. The most common type of splinting for simple injuries is buddy taping where one finger is taped to the adjacent one for stability but still allow for range of motion to avoid stiffness. See you doctor for an opinion. ...Read more

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The doctor said I have a badly sprained finger and said to keep a splint on it how long should I keep it on?

The doctor said I have a badly sprained finger and said to keep a splint on it how long should I keep it on?

It depend: Sprain as you know have three grade 1-2-3-three is the worst. I would suggest 2 weeks of splinting and how it go. ...Read more

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How much time does a sprained finger take to heal?

How much time does a sprained finger take to heal?

4-6 weeks: A very bad sprained finger can take up to 4-6 weeks to heal. If your finger still hurts a lot after 2 weeks, go see your doc to check for possible stress fracture. Each week you should feel better, be able to move your finger more. If your finger stops improving or gets worse, you should see your doc. Good luck. ...Read more

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What are signs of a finger sprain?

What are  signs of a finger sprain?

Pain and swelling: A finger sprain is an injury involving the supporting structures of joint. The joint capsule and ligaments, provide stability to the joint. In a sprain, these structures are excessively stretched, buy not disrupted. Joint pain, swelling and laxity are common symptoms, resolve with time and can be helped by brief immobilization, protected range of motion, ice, nsaid's and steroids. ...Read more

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Finger sprain, what can I do, any tips?

Finger sprain, what can I do, any tips?

Occupational Therapy: You should see an occupational therapist for an evaluation and exercise/therapy plan. ...Read more

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Why would my sprained finger be hot and swollen?

Why would my sprained finger be hot and swollen?

Inflammation : The body's reaction to injury is inflammation. Inflammation has four symptoms - pain, redness, swelling and heat. ...Read more

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