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How Could I Tell The Difference Between A Sprained And Broken Finger
A sprain is a medical term that describes an injury to soft tissue structures in the area. Common examples are a lumbar sprain, in which you might injure muscles in your back; or an ankle sprain in which you could injure ligaments about the ankle. Sprains can be from mild to severe, and so ...Read more
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 of symptoms. Deformity, point tenderness, discoloration, interruption in movement are signs of fracture. Any or all signs and symptoms may not be present and vary in degree. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
Thoughts with regard to applying darwinian medicine (e.G., no nsaids) to minor injuries (sprains, contusions, and broken fings./toes)?
No: The changes in the skin from bruising and swelling would only be in the finger. ...Read more
Immobilization: Immobilizing the finger will not only make it feel better, you can use it more effectively. You will certainly have to adapt temporarily with a new writing style, or try typing with your other fingers. ...Read more
6 wks w/ proper care: Most fractures take approximately 6 weeks to heal assuming proper care. Finger fractures, although may sound unimportant, can lead to deformity and pain if not properly evaluated and treated. Be sure to see your doctor (family doctor, internist or orthopedic surgeon) for best results. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Ice, splint & x-ray: It all depends on the fracture displacement. Non-displaced fractures usually require immobilization only. Displaced fractures require treatment, either closed or open reduction. Fractures involving the articular (joint) surface require special attention. See a board certified orthopaedic hand surgeon for evaluation and treatment. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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