how could i tell the difference between a sprained and broken finger

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Dr. Maritza Baez answered:

How could I tell the difference between a sprained and broken finger?

Xray

unfortunately you can't know for sure without getting an xray done. see a doctor if you have pain after an injury
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What can you do to tell the difference between a sprained or broken finger?

Finger Fracture

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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!
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Dr. Michael Korona answered:

How to tell difference between finger fracture or just a sprain?

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Sprained or broken finger. How can I tell?

Can't really tell

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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).
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How would you tell the difference if you sprained your finger or if you broke your finger?

Xrays

There is no reliable way to tell without obtaining x-rays.
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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.

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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.
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How to tell difference between wrist sprain and fracture?

Exam and imaging

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wrist fractures may seen on standard X-rays and additional studies such as bone scan or MRI may be helpful Sprains may be postivie finding in that here is no fracture but bones may be out of linel. A careful history and exam is also very important as you correctly implied it can be confusing so seek out so called experts such as a hand surgeon or orthopedic surgeon who specializes in han
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How to tell difference between carpal bone fracture and sprain?

By X-ray

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both will have pain swelling , loss of function X-ray will differentiate one from other .
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Please tell me, could a broken finger cause red bumps on a hand?

No

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The changes in the skin from bruising and swelling would only be in the finger.
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Can someone tell me how long will it take for a broken finger to heal?

4-6 weeks

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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.
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