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What to do if I fractured my index finger.?

What to do if I fractured my index finger.?

See a specialist.: See an orthopedic hand specialist, who can determine if the fracture can be treated non-surgically vs surgically.

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Dr. Louis Gallia
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Fracture (Definition)

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


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My index finger's first bone got fractured due to a dumbbell falling on it. 10 days have past still pain occurs. Using a tong on it. Advice please! :)?

My index finger's first bone got fractured due to a dumbbell falling on it. 10 days have past still pain occurs. Using a tong on it. Advice please! :)?

Fracture???: I would see a Dr. (preferably an orthopedic specialist) to have the finger checked and an x-ray taken of the finger.

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I fractured the tip of my index finger. Is it normal for the whole finger to be lighter than the ret?

I fractured the tip of my index finger. Is it normal for the whole finger to be lighter than the ret?

Common: If there is associated swelling blood flow can be altered. As long as you have good sensation and skin blanches and returns to normal color, probably ok.

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I punched wrong and my index finger really hurts my dad can't be bothers to take me to the hospital is it fractured?

Possibly: It sounds like you had a sufficient mechanism of injury to cause a fracture. If you are having severe pain, I would definitely be seen for an exam and X-ray. Some towns do have urgent care or "walk in" clinics that may be more convenient to your father than the hospital. I would definitely get someone to take you to be seen.

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Is my finger broken or fractured a pool ball hit my left index finger and it swelled up twice its normal size and I get sharp shooting pains and its bruised

Is my finger broken or fractured a pool ball hit my left index finger and it swelled up twice its normal size and I get sharp shooting pains and its bruised

Broken: Broken and fractured are two ways of describing the same thing. Of course there are many ways to describe breaks/fractures i.E open or closed, displaced or non-displaced (in or out of place), articular or non-articular (involving the joint or not), comminuted or non-comminuted (clean or not clean) etc..

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I have an acute fracture in my index finger. What is the severity of this?

I have an acute fracture in my index finger. What is the severity of this?

Important finger: Hi. I suggest you see a hand surgeon to see if surgery is indicated...that's an important finger. Good luck!

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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.

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I have an acute fracture on my index finger. I have a splint on it. Is surgery necessary?

I have an acute fracture on my index finger. I have a splint on it. Is surgery necessary?

Hand surgeon: Hi. We, out here in internet-land can't answer that question. Only an orthopedic hand surgeon can. That's an important finger. Get an expert opinion.

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My friend kicked a rugby ball and I didn't catch it, it went straight to my index finger & it bent all the way. It started swelling. Is it a fracture?

Kiwis and rugby. ..: Hyperextension injury at the knuckle joint is either a sprain, or a fracture. Both can be quite painful. Treat initally with rest, ice, elevation and by strapping the index finger to middle finger for support. Significant fractures will affect resting position, or movement. Compare to the non injured hand at rest, and when making a fist. If asymmetry, ongoing pain see GP for examination +/- xray.

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I have a hairline fracture in index finger. So why there is swelling in thumb?

I have a hairline fracture in index finger. So why there is swelling in thumb?

Fx index, swell D1?: No ides. Best to seek in person opinions and examinations. I know of no relationship in fx index to swelling in thumb, except is to tight a dressing or cast on distal hand.

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I have pain in my hand covering my index finger and thumb. Can't move either one without sever pain. Did I fracture my hand?

I have pain in my hand covering my index finger and thumb. Can't move either one without sever pain. Did I fracture my hand?

Hand pain: Hi MrlinaliniQ, If you have severe pain where you can barely move your fingers, you need to see a doctor, I would visit the Emergency Department. Your doctor will most likely want to take x-rays of your hand to determine whether a fracture has occurred.

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I have pain on top of my right hand between my thumb and index finger. Could there be a broken bone in there? That is what it feels like.

I have pain on top of my right hand between my thumb and index finger. Could there be a broken bone in there? That is what it feels like.

Arthritis: Unless you have fallen or had some significant traums to your hand it would be extremely unlikely that you have a broken bone. The joint at the base of the thumb in that area is the second most common site for arthritis. It affects women about six times as frequently as men -- and no it is not because they work harder -- but due to hormonal effects on the ligament causing them to be looser.

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I fell on my hand today and now it hurts to bend my thumb, its bruising and hurts when I'm not using it. Could it be fractured? I also seem to be having shooting pain to my index finger if I try bending it.

Certainly: Certainly could be. Immediate pain in an extremity after falling on it, followed by bruising shortly after are some of the hallmarks of a fracture. Should be iced for 48 hrs, seen by a medical professional asap and x-rayed.

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If I have an acute fracture in my index finger and a broken hand will I have a cast or splint?

If I have an acute fracture in my index finger and a broken hand will I have a cast or splint?

Depends what broken: It depends on what is broken., but you may need a cast from your description. It depends where the break is and what type of break you have

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I fracture my metacarpal, index finger I went to the doctor they took X-ray they told me that they gave me medicine and told me I have to go with a specialist they put cast on one side and I was wondering do I have to go or could it heled itself?

I fracture my metacarpal, index finger I went to the doctor they took X-ray they told me that they gave me medicine and told me I have to go with a specialist they put cast on one side and I was wondering do I have to go or could it heled itself?

While: While fractures of the small finger metacarpal are quite common and only rarely cause problems, this does not apply to the index finger. We divide the hand into 2 segments--a mobile unit with the ring and small finger and a "fixed" unit with the index and middle fingers. There is less "play" in the joints to the index and middle fingers and therefore they tolerate less deformity. It also takes a lot more energy to break the index finger metacarpal than the other ones. That said, you have a risk of healing in a shortened or rotated position that can affect grip strength or cause the fingers to overlap. A good hand surgeon will evaluate the clinical as well as radiographic deformity. That is--some deformity will not show up on the x-rays and may only show up by moving and examining the hand. You should definitely see a specialist for this particular injury.

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Is a splint better then a cast for a 5th Metacalful boxers fracture my hole hand 4 fingers and arm in half cast and want to use index and middle finga?

Varies: If you have a distal 5th metacarpal fracture, then some variant of a "clam digger" splint or cast is applied. This involves immobilizing the 4th and 5th finger, and flexing them down an bout 70-99 degrees. There is no benefit or need to immobilize the thumb, index, or middle finger.

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What is the treatment for finger fracture?

What is the treatment for finger fracture?

Usually immobilize: Often needs splinting with finger next to it, or a finger brace (cushion-lined flexible aluminum brace). Hat's pretty much it. But make sure you follow up with an orthoimproperly, prevent improper healing, affecting hand function that needs to then be treated further, including physical and occupational therapy.

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I have fractured my pinky finger. There is 20deg displacement of the bone above the joint. Joint is in place no dislocation there? What treatment?

Varies: It varies based in part on the stability of the fracture. Some fractures can be reduced and held well in a cast or splint or even just buddy taped to the other finger. Others are unstable and are not held in place with a splint and so often require a pun to hold reduction. I would discuss directly with your orthopedic surgeon.

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My son has a chip fracture on his right little finger proximal phalanx. Do it take time to heal? What are the treatment methods?

My son has a chip fracture on his right little finger proximal phalanx. Do it take time to heal? What are the treatment methods?

Avulsion fractures: In the finger can be minor with a small fragment but accompanied by a large soft tissue injury to ligaments and tendons, or can have a large fracture that compromises the stability of the joint, Often treatment, the of splint, splint position, length of splinting depends upon many factors. Best to follow up with a hand surgeon. A splint from the ER should not be final rx!

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