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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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Dr. Jeffrey Wint
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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 know if your finger is broken?

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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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 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 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 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 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 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 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 can you tell if my hand is fractured?

How can you tell if my hand is fractured?

Need X-Ray: You can't tell if a hand bone is fractures just by looking at it. The old wives tale that says "if i can move it then it can't be broken" is not true. While many hand fractures do not need specific treatment or simple rest, some seemingly small injuries can cause big problems later. Injuires that are swollen enough to limit your motion should be checked out with an x-ray. ...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 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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How can you tell if my thumb is fractured or broken?

How can you tell if my thumb is fractured or broken?

X-Ray, scan, or MRI: Usually a simple x-ray will give you the answer. Sometimes, especially soon after the injury, the x-ray will initially appear to be normal even though there is a fracture. Your physician if still suspecting a fracture may recommend an mri, or bone scan. Suspicion of fracture goes up with amount of pain and soft tissue bleeding, site of maximum pain, and findings of indirect pain on examination. ...Read more

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How can you tell if my ankle is broken?

How can you tell if my ankle is broken?

No weight bearing: Ankle fractures usually present with severe ankle pain, swelling, bruising and the inability to bear weight on that foot/ankle due to the severe pain. ...Read more

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