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

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

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Dr. Payam Rafat
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Sprain (Definition)

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


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What can you do to tell the difference between a sprained or broken finger?

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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Sprained or broken finger. How can I tell?

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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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.

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

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How do I know if I have a broken finger or just a sprain?

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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How should I bandage my sprained foot and my broken finger?

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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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?

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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Finger fracture or sprain. How can I tell?

Finger fracture or sprain. How can I tell?

Get an xray: Xrays are really the only way to tell for sure. See your local orthopaedics surgeon. ...Read more

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Thoughts with regard to applying darwinian medicine (e.G., no nsaids) to minor injuries (sprains, contusions, and broken fings./toes)?

Thoughts with regard to applying darwinian medicine (e.G., no nsaids) to minor injuries (sprains, contusions, and broken fings./toes)?

Fever in 5 month bab: You can give tylenol (acetaminophen) drops 0.4 ml and can be repeated if needed every 4 hours.If fever persists then the baby needs to be checked by your pediatrician. ...Read more

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Can someone tell me how long will it take for a broken finger to heal?

Can someone tell me how long will it take for a broken finger to heal?

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

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What could I use to help me write with my broken finger?

What could I use to help me write with my broken finger?

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

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When will a broken finger typically heal?

When will a broken finger typically heal?

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

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What can I do for a broken finger that did not heal right?

Depends: A fracture that does not heal sometimes needs more time in a cast. However, if it is painful or crooked, surgery may be necessary to reset the fracture. ...Read more

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How should I treat my broken finger from a basketball game?

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

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Will you be able to move a broken finger?

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

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Will stiffness in broken finger ever go away?

Yes, with time: Fractures of the fingers can result in stiffness, particularly when immobilization exceeds 3 weeks. Tendon adherence can occur or joint involvement lead to persistent stiffness or contracture. ...Read more

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Can a person still bulk up with a broken finger?

If exercise: Is permitted I assume one could still do exercise and "bulk up" I wouldn't do those infamous one finger pushups pullups or curls though... ...Read more

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Which the best way to sleep with a broken finger?

Which the best way to sleep with a broken finger?

Gentle elvation : In comfortalble position
often a pillow on the chest of by ones side is easy. Just not over the head. ...Read more

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Dr. Jeffrey Wint
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Finger Fracture (Definition)

A fracture is a break in the normal continuity of the cortex of the bone; it is described as a finger fracture when it involves the digits ...Read more