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How Could I Tell The Difference Between A Sprained And Broken Finger
Xray: Unfortunately you can't know for sure without getting a xray done. See a doctor if you have pain after an injury. ...Read more
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 more
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 more
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
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
4-6 weeks: All things being equal, the bone shold heal in 4-6 weeks. If it is a complicated fracture, infected, or if other issues, it may take longer. Discuss with your orthopedist or hand surgeon. ...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 more
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 more
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
Finger stiffness is:
Common after a fracture.
Proper splint position is essential as poor positioning can increase siffness and prolong recovery. Hand therapy earlier than later often is a very worthwhile investment of time and resources even if you don't think you need it. To avoid later issues. ...Read more
Broken Finger: For a broken finger to heal, it only takes 2-3 weeks compared to fracture of a big bone which is 6 weeks. ...Read more
X rays: The best way to assess, if a jammed finger has a fracture also, is with x rays, small fragments can not be assessd by physical exam. But it is still a joint injury, and needs specialized care. ...Read more
Jammed my finger Tuesday. I had broken finger symptoms but they lessened over 2 days. Now I can bend finger backwards more than other finger?broken?
Finger trauma: It sounds like you jammed your finger a few days ago and had some pain that improved. That is a good sign. The important thing after a serious injury is to allow a physician to assess and ensure that blood flow and sensation to your digit are intact. Fractures and dislocations of the phalanges (fingers) are common and should be evaluated by a physician. Good luck. ...Read more
They get fixed!: Surgery for torn tendons and fractured bones repairs the damages. You will probably get immobilized and need physical therapy once cleared by your surgeon. Bones get fixed by either pins or plates and screws to hold the pieces together, allowing movement before it gets stiff. Stitches are used to repair cut tendons, which allow scar tissue to fully heal the tendon edges. Good luck. ...Read more
Hard to say: Some fractures can refer pain upstream like you describe but you must also consider whether you have an additional injury. Best to have your hand surgeon assess the full hand and wrist. ...Read more
Xray and MD.: Proper diagnosis and treatment (splint, tape, or possible surgery) may be necessary for best long-term outcome. Self-diagnosis and non-treatment often leads to permanent loss of function and later arthritis problems in the damaged digit. The person who treats themself has a fool for a patient. ...Read more
Depends on break: Very much depends on the details. At its most basic all fractures need to have the pieces in the right place (so-called reduction, if they are out of place) and then held in place (so-called fixation) reduction can mean anything from leaving the fracture as is to closed manipulation to open surgery. As to fixation this can be anything from a splint to cast to plating, pins and screws. ...Read more
Yes, multiple ways: Depending on the timing to present to a doctor, most fractures can be set by manipulation within 7-10 days. If longer than that time, or if inadequately reducible (set), surgery may be required to move interfering soft tissue and secure by casting, pinning, screws and possibly plates. The less severe or the more rigidly fixed, can be "moved" earlier, which may avoid stiffness later after healing. ...Read more
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