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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.

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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 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.

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How to tell if my finger is broken?

How to tell if my finger is broken?

Pain, swelling: Decreased motion, ecchymoses ( black and blue) deformity, crepitance ( crunchy bone sounds) and finally an x-ray.

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How to tell if my finger is broken or something?

How to tell if my finger is broken or something?

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.

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How can I tell if finger is broken?

Unless you have: A clear cut deformity - medical history, examination and x-ray are usually required to make an accurate diagnosis.

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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.

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How can I tell if my finger is broken?

How can I tell if my finger is broken?

Xray: See your physician. An xray is the most effective way to diagnose a broken bone.

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How can I tell if my finger is broken?

How can I tell if my finger is broken?

Obtain an X-ray: If you had a recent injury and are concerned that you have a broken finger, you should see a physician and obtain x-rays of the finger.

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Can you tell me if my finger is broken?

Can you tell me if my finger is broken?

Broken finger: Difficult to determine without a xray. However, if there is swelling, pain, bruising and a defomity, there is a good chance it is broken.

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How can I tell my finger is broken please?

How can I tell my finger is broken please?

X-rays: If you recently sustained trauma to your finger and there is any cause for concern that it might be broken, have a hand surgeon examine the finger and obtain plain film radiographs. Most broken fingers are swollen, painful to move and will have x-ray findings of a fracture.Frac.

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Can't tell if my finger is broken or jammed?

Can't tell if my finger is broken or jammed?

Get an x-ray: Many fractures may seem like only a "jammed finger" or sprain, but only an x-ray can tell for sure. It is better to have your finger evaluated if the pain, loss of motion, and swelling do not resolve within a few days.

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Can't tell if my finger is broken. Is that possible?

Can't tell if my finger is broken. Is that possible?

See below: These symptoms could be serious and need to be thoroughly evaluated by your doctor.

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How can I tell if my finger is broken or just badly sprained?

How can I tell if my finger is broken or just badly sprained?

Finger: Following injury, if swelling, pain or discomfort, with limited range of motion, need an x-ray.

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What to do if i cannot tell whether my finger is broken or sprained?

X-ray: To determine if there is a fracture an x-ray should be obtained. To determine a sprain clinical evaluation by a hand surgeon is best. This can be confirmed by mri.

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Can someone tell me how to know if my finger is broken/fractured?

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.

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How can you tell if finger is broken or jammed. Index finger is quite swollen down into knuckle on hand. Can move it?

X-ray: The only real way to tell is with an x-ray. If you had a traumatic episode (ie falling on it) then it would also point to more of a fracture. If you had no injury to your finger and the finger is also swollen, then you may need to be evaluated for an infection if you have any open sores on the finger.

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Finger fracture or sprain. How can I tell?

Get an xray: Xrays are really the only way to tell for sure. See your local orthopaedics surgeon.

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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.

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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!

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