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Dr. Toni Lin Dr. Lin
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How can you know if your finger is broken?

Dr. Toni Lin Dr. Lin
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How can you know if your finger is broken?

X-ray: The only way to know for sure is to get an x-ray. A finger with a small break or a breaks that isn't too badly out of place may not look too bad from the outside. Also, it's an "old wive's tale" that it's not broken if you can move it. Hope you feel better soon! ...Read more

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Finger Fracture (Definition)

A fracture is a break in the normal continuity of the cortex of the bone; it is described as a finger fracture when it involves the digits ...Read more


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How can you tell if your finger is broken?

How can you tell if your finger is broken?

X-ray: X-ray is the most reliable way to tell if your finger is broken. Even a finger with the worst swelling, pain, and/or inability to move, might not be broken. Get an x-ray to be sure you'll treat the finger properly for best healing and future function. ...Read more

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How do you know if your finger is broken?

How do you know if your finger is broken?

Pain, swelling, loss: Of motion, deviation, rotation, stiffness, throbbing, numbness, discoloration, tightness all can be symptoms of a finger fracture. If one suspects a fracture, then elevation, ice , splinting and urgent evaluation is needed as many seemingly simple fractures in the hand require a detailed understanding of what to do to optimize healing and return of function. ...Read more

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How can you tell if your toe is broken?

How can you tell if your toe is broken?

Toe fracture.: With an x-ray. Unless there is gross deformity or the toe is misangled then you will need physical examination, medical history & x-ray to determine if your toe is broken. Please see a podiatrist or orthopedic surgeon if you are concerned. Take care. ...Read more

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How can you know if your toe is broken or jammed?

How can you know if your toe is broken or jammed?

You need an x-ray.: To find out if it is fractured or not, you will need to have it professionally evaluated. You will need x-rays taken to determine if it is broken or if it is just bruised or sprained. ...Read more

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How do you tell if your finger is broken or jammed?

How do you tell if your finger is broken or jammed?

Xray and doctor: No way to tell for sure it's fractured without an xray. See a doctor. ...Read more

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How can you know if your arm is fractured?

How can you know if your arm is fractured?

Usually x-rays: Schedule appt. With orthopedic surgeon. Exam and x-rays usually confirm fracture diagnoses, with only rare exceptions. Rarley, ct/mri will be needed. In some cases, sprains and fractures can be hard to distinguish without x-rays. ...Read more

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How would you know if your thumb is broken?

How would you know if your thumb is broken?

Xray: Unfortunately you can't know for sure without getting an xray. See a doctor if you are having pain after an injury. ...Read more

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How would you know if your finger broken?

How would you know if your finger broken?

Xray: Unfortunately you can't know for sure without getting an xray done. See a doctor if you have pain after an injury. ...Read more

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How can you know if your big toe is broken?

How can you know if your big toe is broken?

Get an X-ray: An x-ray will determine if there is a fracture and if possible, request that the doctor order a weight bearing x-rays for a clearer and better comparative view for fractures. ...Read more

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What can they do for you if your finger is broken?

What can they do for you if your finger is broken?

Splint: It depends on the structures involvement (i.e. Joint). Uncomplicated ones are treated by applying a finger splint or buddy taping. Complex ones are treated by orthopedic specialists and may require surgery or other more complicated modalities. ...Read more

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How can you tell if wrist is broken?

How can you tell if wrist is broken?

An x-ray: The best way to diagnose a fracture of the wrist or of any bone is with an x-ray. An orthopedic surgeon or hand surgeon is needed if fracture exists. ...Read more

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How can you tell if elbow is broken?

How can you tell if elbow is broken?

An x-ray: The best way to diagnose a fracture a bone or joint is my getting an x-ray. This coupled with an evaluation by an orthopedic surgeon will establish the diagnosis and determine the treatment plan. ...Read more

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How would you know if your elbow is broken?

How would you know if your elbow is broken?

X-rays: The elbow is a very unforgiving joint. The least damage limits the range of motion significantly. If you have been injured and there is any limitation of motion or concern for undue swelling, pain or motion, then get seen and have x-rays. Even minor fractures in that region are important. ...Read more

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How can you tell if your toe is broken or fractured?

How can you tell if your toe is broken or fractured?

See a doctor: An x-ray would be the best way. Suspicion of fracture would include deformity of the toe or severe pain and discoloration. ...Read more

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How do you tell if a finger is broken?

X-rays: Sometimes, it is grossly evident that a finger is broken because it is deformed, but this is certainly not always the case. If you are concerned that your finger may be broken, i would suggest seeing an orthopaedic surgeon for an exam and x-rays. ...Read more

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