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Do I need to see a doctor if I have sprained finger?

Do I need to see a doctor if I have sprained finger?

How do you know?: How do you know it's sprained? Sprains tend to look and feel very much broken bones. If you suspect you have a sprained finger, it is worth getting it checked out to make sure there isn't a small fracture. ...Read more

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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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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What is the doctor going to do for my sprained finger?

What is the doctor going to do for my sprained finger?

Maybe Nothing: It depends on if it's truly a sprain. Some sprains are severe enough to need a splint. Others just get buddy taped, iced and nsaid's. Hard to tell the extent of yours without an exam. An x-ray would rule out a fracture as well. Start with ice 20 min 3 times a day, otc Ibuprofen and tape the finger to the one next to it for stability (buddy tape). If not better in a few days see your doc. ...Read more

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I am showing some symptoms of a sprained finger, how do I know if I need to go to the doctor for my finger?

I am showing some symptoms of a sprained finger, how do I know if I need to go to the doctor for my finger?

Instability: If the joint is just sore and mildly swollen then no. If the joint is unstable and has pain with stressing of the joint, or is lacking range of motion then yes. ...Read more

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

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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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 can I treat a sprained finger?

How can I treat a sprained finger?

Ice and early motion: It is important to find out if the finger is sprained and not broken. The only way to know for sure is to get an x-ray. Once a fracture is ruled out, an early protected range of motion exercises can begin. Finger joints can get stuff quickly, so it is important to get them moving as soon as possible. Talk to a board certified orthopaedic surgeon and/or an occupational therapist for treatment. ...Read more

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How can you heal a sprained finger?

How can you heal a sprained finger?

Many things to do.: A sprained finger usually responds well to rest and splinting. Additionally, anti inflammatory medications and ice can also help. If the pain persists, see your family doctor to confirm the diagnosis. ...Read more

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What can be done for a sprained finger?

What can be done for a sprained finger?

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 are signs of a finger sprain?

What are signs of a finger sprain?

Pain: Pain, swelling, tenderness. I would not hesitate to be seen to make sure it is not a fracture or more serious injury as well. ...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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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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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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Will a sprained finger bruise?

Will a sprained finger bruise?

Not necessarily: A bruise usually appears from torn blood vessels. If you have had a mild sprain, there may be pain and swelling without any bruising ...Read more

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Can you get a cast for a sprained finger?

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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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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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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Sign of a sprained finger?

Sign of a sprained finger?

Pain.: Pain at the joint, swelling, difficulty with moving your finger. ...Read more

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What's the purpose of splinting a sprained finger?

What's the purpose of splinting a sprained finger?

Finger splint: To lessen mobility of finger & reduce discomfort, so that it can heal faster. ...Read more

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I was just wondering how can I reduce sprained finger pain?

I was just wondering how can 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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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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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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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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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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Difference between a broken and sprained finger?

Difference between a broken and sprained finger?

Bone vs soft tissue: Broken refers to bone. Sprain refers to soft tissues. ...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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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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What is the point of splinting a sprained finger?

What is the point of splinting a sprained finger?

Immoblization: A sprain is usually meant to imply a stretching or tear of a soft tissue structure such as a ligament. So you want to allow that structure to rest and repair itself. If it is constantly moving this will be harder and inefficient. Hence immobilization is done. ...Read more