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Displaced Fracture Finger
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
Get an x-ray: Fracture and broken are synonymous terms, they mean the same thing. In order to tell if you have a broken finger, you need to obtain an x-ray. ...Read more
Range of motion: The fracture is likely healed at this point. The most important thing to do now is work on range of motion. Hopefully, the finger is not crooked, swollen or very painful. Otherwise it should be ok to start moving the finger at every knuckle. If you have a problem getting motion back, see a board certified orthopaedic hand surgeon for evaluation. ...Read more
Possibly: Depends on how bad the fracture/break was, whether the joint surface is aligned properly. If so, once it heals up should be able to bend but there is a high chance of some loss of the range of motion ie some residual stiffness as a consequence and any break involving the joint surface can lead to post-traumatic arthritis (joint pain from the damage to the joint surface). ...Read more
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
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
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
Very serious.: Some fractures could affect the alignment of your fingers. Since we use our fingers daily for all activities of daily living, it's critical for a fracture to heal, or be surgically fixated, in an optimal position. ...Read more
Many Things: Almost anything that puts unusual stree or torque on the finger can cause a fracture. Falls, blows suach a baseball, excessive twisting are examples. ...Read more
Yes, Of course: I would ask about the specific risks involved with the surgical correction of your fracture from the hand surgeon who assesses you. ...Read more
I've a sharp tingling pain in the tip of my left ring finger. I've had no fractures. Can you tell me why?
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
My pinky finger is fractured below the knuckle and the doc says it has already started. What else can I do?
See a hand surgeon: I presume that you are saying the healing has started. It all depends on how far along the fracture is. Many of these can be manipulated or surgically treated to correct malalignment. If the alignment in okay, then starting therapy to improve motion and function may be appropriate. So, a lot depends on the xrays and the time since the injury. ...Read more
I fractured my third metacarpal in march and recently noticing that my ring finger is crossing underneath my middle finger. Can this be sorted?
I had three metacarpals fractured one almost broken all the way through and set in the cast one of my fingers has constant pain is this normal?
Cast: It is normal to have pain with broken bones but if this pain is new you need to call your orthopedist. There may be a problem with the cast. Make sure you elevate your hand, rest it on pillows above the level of your heart. If this alleviates your pain, it may have just been due to swelling, if the pain persists you need to be seen. ...Read more
My finger knucle is hard to bend. I fractured it during football. And had a splint of it for about a month. But its hard to bend it. Is this bad?
Finger fracture: The stiffness is probably from not moving it for a month. Talk with your doctor about getting hand therapy. ...Read more
I smashed tip of pinkie finger bone is fractured at tip. I will most likely loose finger nail this is painful do you know how long it might take?
RE-growth nail in 6: The new fingernail usually grows from mail fold to tip in 6-9 months. ...Read more
My finger is already been fractured before From punching walls I done it today again and it's causing shooting pains and a finger is numb and swollen
Dislocated: Do you think your finger is dislocated? ...Read more
I suffered a " crush accident, left thumb. Er X-ray turned up fractured and crushed nerve at the finger tip. The pain has subsided but something stic?
Try again: I'm not quite understanding your question. "something stic? " What do you mean? ...Read more
Good day. 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
X-ray: The only way to know for sure if something is fractured is to get an x-ray. See a board certified orthopaedic hand surgeon for evaluation and treatment. ...Read more
Sure as it depends: Upon how severe the fracture, where I th finger and many other factors. But typicaly yes being able to bend it does not rule a fracture out. ...Read more
See your PCP to get:
An xray after an examination. Without an xray its difficult to determine it.
You will be having pain, tenderness, maybe a deformity and inability to use your finger without hurting.
Good luck. ...Read more
Xray: See doctor for examination and xray.Get a more detailed answer ›
Finger pointing: The only way to know for sure is have your finger imaged. X-ray would be the easiest. Spraining and jamming can be minor to severe and can make you think your finger is fractured. ...Read more
X-rays: X-rays will provide the necessary information to determine about finger fractures (and the type of finger fracture). While physical examination alone can sometimes yield a lot of information, radiographic examination remains a true and tested method for establishing a diagnosis of a fracture within a finger. ...Read more
Is it broken or fractured is a question I am often asked. The answer is basically that a broken or fractured bone is the same thing. A fracture means a break in the cortex or the strong layer of outer bone cells. In an adult the average time for that to heal varies greatly but is often considered to ...Read more
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