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Dr. Maritza Baez
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How could I tell the difference between a sprained and broken finger?

Dr. Maritza Baez
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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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Dr. Payam Rafat
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Sprain (Definition)

Sprain is also known as Sprains and strains. A sprain is an injury that results from excessive stretching of a ligament, which is a tough band that connects bone to bone and holds joints in place. Rapid swelling and pain ...Read more


Dr. Mark Galland
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What can you do to tell the difference between a sprained or broken finger?

Dr. Mark Galland
Board Certified, Orthopedic Surgery
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What can you do to tell the difference between a sprained or broken finger?

Finger Fracture: An x-ray and examination by an orthopedic physician is the best and most accurate way to determine this. He/she will be able to determine the appropriate course of treatment and return to activity guidelines. Hope this helps and best of luck! ...Read more

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Dr. Michael Korona
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How to tell difference between finger fracture or just a sprain?

Dr. Michael Korona
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How to tell difference between finger fracture or just a sprain?
Dr. Ankush Bansal
Board Certified, Internal Medicine
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Sprained or broken finger. How can I tell?

Dr. Ankush Bansal
Board Certified, Internal Medicine
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Sprained or broken finger. How can I tell?

Can't really tell: You can't really tell for sure without an x-ray. Some sprains can be so painful that it mimics a fracture. However, if you have a fracture and it is not fixed properly, it can lead to permanent dysfunction of the joint or nerve injury (e.g. Pain). ...Read more

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Dr. Gerald Mandell
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My son slammed locker door on finger. How can I tell if it's just a sprain, jammed, or broken finger? He says hurts to move it.

Dr. Gerald Mandell
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My son slammed locker door on finger. How can I tell if it's just a sprain, jammed, or broken finger? He says hurts to move it.

Xray : The most accurate way is performance of radiography or xray of finger. Sprains and soft tissue injury in general are shorter in duration of symptoms. Deformity, point tenderness, discoloration, interruption in movement are signs of fracture. Any or all of signs and symptoms may not be present and vary in degree. ...Read more

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Dr. Daniel Haffner
Board Certified, Orthopedic Surgery
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How do I know if I have a broken finger or just a sprain?

Dr. Daniel Haffner
Board Certified, Orthopedic Surgery
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How do I know if I have a broken finger or just a sprain?

X-rays: Pain, bruising, swelling and difficulty moving the finger are all signs of injury, but only an x-ray can prove the finger is broken. ...Read more

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Dr. George Valdez
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How should I bandage my sprained foot and my broken finger?

Dr. George Valdez
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How should I bandage my sprained foot and my broken finger?

Depends: Sometimes an ankle sprain is actually a break so should be seen by doctor, broken finger should definitely be seen by doctor to make sure heals correctly. ...Read more

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Dr. Adrian Rawlinson
Board Certified, Sports Medicine
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One of my fingers feels like it might be broken - what is the difference between a broken finger and trigger finger? how could i tell if it's broken?

Dr. Adrian Rawlinson
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One of my fingers feels like it might be broken - what is the difference between a broken finger and trigger finger? how could i tell if it's broken?

Finger: The two are very different . Trigger finger is a sticking tendon that usually comes on over time with no history of trauma. If you sustained an injury - eg a fall or blow to the finger then it may be bruised or possibly fractured. ...Read more

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Dr. Stephen Rockower
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Finger fracture or sprain. How can I tell?

Dr. Stephen Rockower
Board Certified, Orthopedic Surgery
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Get an xray: Xrays are really the only way to tell for sure. See your local orthopaedics surgeon. ...Read more

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Dr. M Felix Freshwater
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Please tell me, could a broken finger cause red bumps on a hand?

Dr. M Felix Freshwater
Board Certified, Hand Surgery
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Please tell me, could a broken finger cause red bumps on a hand?

No: The changes in the skin from bruising and swelling would only be in the finger. ...Read more

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Finger Fracture (Definition)

A finger fracture is a fracture of a bone of a finger, which is most often caused by trauma, such as a fall, or hitting one's hand accidentally with a hammer. A fractured finger will be painful, and may ...Read more


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