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I sprained my finger, how can I tape it?

I sprained my finger, how can I tape it?

Next finger, lightly: For a simple sprain, it is usual to "buddy tape" it to the next finger. Loosely tape it to support the injured finger and give support and comfort. You may wish to place a tongue depressor type stick or popsickle stick under the fingers for more support. There are other splints available perahps at the pharmacy or you pcp may have them.

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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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I sprained my finger, but now it is all black and blue. Do I need to go see the doctor?

I sprained my finger, but now it is all black and blue. Do I need to go see the doctor?

Probably: Just because you are black and blue doesn't mean you have a serious injury. You may just have a bruise/ contusion. On the other hand I have seen many patients with minimal swelling and pain who turn out to have fractures so if there is nay question I would get an xray and an exam.

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What is a good means of determining if I broke/sprained my finger?

What is a good means of determining if I broke/sprained my finger?

X-ray to be sure: Unless there is an obvious deformity you may not be able to tell the difference with the naked eye. While a sprain is an injury to the ligaments of the finger and a fracture is damage to the bone, strains of muscles and tendons are also possible. In any case, common symptoms may be pain, limited strength/ motion, swelling, and/ or bruising. Have an x-ray to be sure!

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How do you treat a finger sprain?

How do you treat a finger sprain?

Mostly with time: Ice, immobilization and early protected range of motion will help treat the symptoms of a finger sprain, as will nsaid's and steroids. What the joint ultimately needs to recover from the excessive stretching of the capsule and ligaments is time to repair the damaged structures. This takes 2-6 weeks for mild sprains and 3 or more months for severe sprains.

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What are signs of a finger sprain?

What are signs of a finger sprain?

Pain: Pain, swelling, tenderness. I would not hesitate to be seen to make sure it is not a fracture or more serious injury as well.

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Finger sprain, what can I do, any tips?

Finger sprain, what can I do, any tips?

Occupational Therapy: You should see an occupational therapist for an evaluation and exercise/therapy plan.

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What is the normal recovery time for a finger sprain?

What is the normal recovery time for a finger sprain?

4-6 weeks: The finger joints are brown to sprain and because the anatomy of it takes a while to heal and some leave some stiffness.

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I have sprained my finger 3 times in 1 year. I can't bend it all the way anymore and it often hurts. What are some things to help with pain?

I have sprained my finger 3 times in 1 year. I can't bend it all the way anymore and it often hurts. What are some things to help with pain?

This is a symptom: U need 2 find the cause & get treatment for this. An evaluation by a hand surgeon will help u get on track with an ot program 2 help u gain motion.

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Hi Doctors. How do I know if I have a finger sprain or if it may be broken?

Hi Doctors. How do I know if I have a finger sprain or if it may be broken?

Fracture/ Break: A medical examination, history and X-rays are needed to accurately diagnose a fracture/ break in most cases.

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Sprained my finger. Been icing for 72 hrs but it's still swollen. Should I switch to heat or continue icing until swelling goes down?

Sprained my finger. Been icing for 72 hrs but it's still swollen. Should I switch to heat or continue icing until swelling goes down?

Heat or cold: These are common questions asked after injury, to relieve stiffness, after surgery. As any answer there is a simple way to explain it but when dealing with a complex set of medical circumstances one answer does not always apply for all. Simply warm up and cool down means that when you are stiff, and sore that warmth will generally help and after activity cool down. MOST Acute injury=cold

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Sprained my finger playing basketball and I have it in a splint now. Is that the best way to protect it or should I buddy tape it?

Sprained my finger playing basketball and I have it in a splint now. Is that the best way to protect it or should I buddy tape it?

It depends: There are several injuries that can occur from impact injuries commonly seen in basketball. Buddy tapping is helpful for collateral ligament injuries of your joints and splinting is helpful for mallet or extensor injuries.

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What is the different between a finger sprain and a fracture / dislocation?

What is the different between a finger sprain and a fracture / dislocation?

Ligaments: A sprain is where you fully or partially tear the ligaments supporting the finger joint. A fracture is a broken bone. A dislocation is when the finger is out of the socket or out of position due to the ligament having been completely ruptured or outstretched.

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Sprained my finger a week ago. Swelling in knuckle joint and pain experienced when moving it. Limited mobility. I have it buddy tape. Any suggestions?

Sprained my finger a week ago. Swelling in knuckle joint and pain experienced when moving it. Limited mobility. I have it buddy tape. Any suggestions?

R/O Ligament vs. Fx.: How did this injury occur? Which finger is involved? Since you buddy taped it, it is most likely the long or ring or little fingers. An x ray needs to be done to rule out a chip fracture. Treatment of choice is often ice 20 min. On/ 20 min. Off to decrease swelling. Elevation& Warm soaks followed by ice to decrease swelling and inflammation. Motrin or Advil (ibuprofen) may help. No gripping See a Hand surgeon

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I would like to know if I sprained my pinky finger? Or if I tore a ligament? I fell really hard and tried to catch myself.

I would like to know if I sprained my pinky finger? Or if I tore a ligament? I fell really hard and tried to catch myself.

Finger: The only way to know if your sprained a finger or tore a ligament is to see how much mobility you have. If there is swelling bruising and redness then ice anti inflammatory agents are needed before and cray and no office visit

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How to tell if my finger is sprained?

Pain and motion: A sprain would mean that the joints of the finger are not unstable but that they are sore and have decreased motion after an injury. If this is the case, you likely have a sprain. You can always see your doctor for an exam to be sure.