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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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I need some tips on how to tell if knuckles broken?

I need some tips on how to tell if knuckles broken?

Rather than : Trying to self -diagnose - seek medical eval. X-rays can be used to rule out fractures. ...Read more

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Can you tell me how I could tell if my knuckle is broken?

Can you tell me how I could tell if my knuckle is 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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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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How do I tell if my knuckle is broken?

X-Ray: A positive x-ray with swelling, pain and possible decreased range of motion. ...Read more

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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How can you tell if knuckles broken?

X-ray: The best way to determine if your knuckle is broken is with x-ray, medical history & physical examination. ...Read more

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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How to tell if my knuckle dislocated or broken?

How to tell if my knuckle dislocated or broken?

X-ray with eval: Hello. The only way to acurately determine the extent of your injury is an x-ray (or other radiographic study) and med history with physical examination. ...Read more

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Dr. Tom Harrington
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I punched a wall and im not sure if my middle finger or knuckle is broken, how do i know? and how do i tell my parents about it

I punched a wall and im not sure if my middle finger or knuckle is broken, how do i know? and how do i tell my parents about it

Hand bruise: as you think about things--make sure ice is applied as much as possible over the first 48 hours. if pain and swelling persists--you will need an xray. if the middle finger appears straight and not deviated--treatment would be buddy taping to the closest finger. Tell your parents early on rather than late. You will feel glad you confessed your mistake ...Read more

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Dr. James Bicos
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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?

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. ...Read more

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Dr. Ronald Krauser
Board Certified, Rheumatology
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Can you tell me how to stop cracking my knuckles?

Can you tell me how to stop cracking my knuckles?

See details: The same way you break any habit. You make a conscious effort not to do it. You have to provide the motivation and discipline. ...Read more

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Dr. Ronald Krauser
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Please tell me what injuries/problems can you get from frequently cracking your knuckles?

Please tell me what injuries/problems can you get from frequently cracking your knuckles?

None: Knuckle cracking does not cause joint damage. It just annoys others who have to listen to it. ...Read more

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Dr. Mark Hutchinson
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Is it possible to dislocate your knuckle? If so, how can you tell?

Is it possible to dislocate your knuckle? If so, how can you tell?

Sure: Your knuckle is a joint between your finger and hand called the metacarpal phalangeal joint. It can be dislocated and presents with deformity and pain. To know for sure you get an xray. ...Read more

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