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How do I know if my finger is sprained from typing and needs splint?

How do I know if my finger is sprained from typing and needs splint?

Sprain from working: Sprain from working will happen on long term basis, micro trauma, the sprain cause some swelling and pain, the finger could tilt toward the outside and also will be the index finger r or l depend if you r or lhanded. Thank you. ...Read more

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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Do you have to put a splint on a sprained finger?

Do you have to put a splint on a sprained finger?

No but helpful : A simple finger sprain can heal without splinting, however, a splint can help provide greater support of the finger. ...Read more

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What is the point of splinting a sprained finger?

What is the point  of splinting a sprained finger?

Immoblization: A sprain is usually meant to imply a stretching or tear of a soft tissue structure such as a ligament. So you want to allow that structure to rest and repair itself. If it is constantly moving this will be harder and inefficient. Hence immobilization is done. ...Read more

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What's the purpose of splinting a sprained finger?

What's the purpose of splinting a sprained finger?

Finger splint: To lessen mobility of finger & reduce discomfort, so that it can heal faster. ...Read more

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With a sprained finger or torn ligament, do I need to keep it in a splint?

With a sprained finger or torn ligament, do I need to keep it in a splint?

This may depend on : the finger involved and as to exactly what specific type of injury that was sustained. The most common type of splinting for simple injuries is buddy taping where one finger is taped to the adjacent one for stability but still allow for range of motion to avoid stiffness. See you doctor for an opinion. ...Read more

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The doctor said I have a badly sprained finger and said to keep a splint on it how long should I keep it on?

The doctor said I have a badly sprained finger and said to keep a splint on it how long should I keep it on?

It depend: Sprain as you know have three grade 1-2-3-three is the worst. I would suggest 2 weeks of splinting and how it go. ...Read more

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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?

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. ...Read more

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I sprained my index finger on Saturday and on Sunday I Googled my symptoms and it comes up with a sprained finger, I brought a finger splint today, I can still move it, and the pain is subsiding a bit now. Just wondering how long should I keep it on? Also

I sprained my index finger on Saturday and on Sunday I Googled my symptoms and it comes up with a sprained finger, I brought a finger splint today, I can still move it, and the pain is subsiding a bit now. Just wondering how long should I keep it on?
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Keep moving: The movement is definitely a good thing. You don't want to completely NOT move it for a week because that will cause unnecessary stiffness and likely cause the healing to be longer than it would normally. Typically somewhere between 5-7 days depending on how the finger is feeling. It's not an exact science. And just so you know, I can't see the last part of your question on here- sorry! Good luck! ...Read more

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Tips on preventing finger pain and damage while typing?

Tips on preventing finger pain and damage while typing?

Typing not a cause: The typing is not the cause of the pain. Have a rheumatologist look at your hands for an underlying cause. ...Read more

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Any tips of preventing finger pain and damage while typing?

Any tips of preventing finger pain and damage while typing?

Not an issue.: Typing should not cause pain or damage. If it does, then see a rheumatologist or orthopedist. ...Read more

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How long will the tingling sensation on my little and ring finger last if I stop typing?

How long will the tingling sensation on my little and ring finger last if I stop typing?

Ulnar nerve: Sounds like an ulnar nerve problem at the elbow, and best to avoid leaning on that elbow. Less commonly the ulnar nerve can be pinched at the wrist associated with computer activities. Should clear within 3-4 weeks if you avoid the provocative activities, but see you doctor if it persists longer. ...Read more

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I've got stitches on my finger, which I ruptured during an accident. I'm a writer, and I rely heavily on that finger for typing. How to take care?

I've got stitches on my finger, which I ruptured during an accident. I'm a writer, and I rely heavily on that finger for typing.  How to take care?

Keep clean and dry: Your surgeon should have given you post procedure instructions and expectations. Since he/she saw the damage first hand they would be in the best position to answer your questions. ...Read more

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Is it better to use a touch-screen tablet (e.G. Ipad) than a keyboard (e.G. Macbook) for reducing stress/pain in my fingers after typing a long time?

Is it better to use a touch-screen tablet (e.G. Ipad) than a keyboard (e.G. Macbook) for reducing stress/pain in my fingers after typing a long time?

Not necessarily: If you have having pain from the typing, and you are using the ipad's virtual keyboard to type, it would leave you with the same rsi issues. ...Read more

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I overdid typing and now my hand is tingly and fingers feel tingly?

Carpal tunnel syndro: Carpal tunnel sydrome is the most common causes, and repetitive activity is the most common causes of carpal tunnel. Keyboard rests are avaialable to minimize this. You can have it injected, if it does not go away. Afterwards, electrodiagnostic studies are indicatede, with possible out patient surgery. ...Read more

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Intense finger pain caused by typing. Onset is immediate and symptoms have persisted for a year+. Rest has not helped. Cannot type. What could it be?

An isolated finger -: Pain could be due to fracture from an injury to it, or could be a cyst (weakness) of the bone which could fracture without any specific injury to it. Consult your orthopod or a hand surgeon for evaluation. ...Read more

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What can cause cramps in my fingers while typing?

What can cause cramps in my fingers while typing?

See below: Carpal tunnel syndrome which is a compression of the median nerve in the wrist could cause these symptoms. Sometimes overuse of the tendons and muscles of the forearm and hand can cause these symptoms. Occasionally a neurological condition called writers cramp dystonia may also cause these symptoms as well. See a physiatrist or neurologist. ...Read more

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Index finger pain. Typing hurts..How to prevent it?

Index finger pain. Typing hurts..How to prevent it?

Act. modification: It sounds like you have exertional tendonitis or possibly early so called trigger finger(another type of tendonitis) it could also be arthritis or a number of other diagnosis if activity modification and nsaids don't help i would see your local hand surgeon for an evaluation which should include x-rays. ...Read more

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I think I have a sprained hand? Could that be from typing

I think I have a sprained hand? Could that be from typing

Probably Not: Sprains usually come from some type of injury. Typing can cause overuse injuries such as tendinitis. Try rest, ice and over the counter anti inflammatory medications such as advil or aleve (naproxen). If you symptoms do not improve i would recommend you see a hand surgeon. ...Read more

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What can I do to relieve pain in fingers and hand from typing?

What can I do to relieve pain in fingers and hand from typing?

Gel wrist pad!: Carpal tunnel syndrome (cts) occurs when the wrists are extended (held upward). When you type for extended periods, you must keep your wrists neutral or downward to avoid this injury. All it takes is one of those gel pads in front of your keyboard! I have one for my mouse, too. Also take breaks. Maybe consider retraining into a job with no keyboard! ...Read more

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Numbness in the hands and fingers from typing too much, but how do I tell boss?

Numbness: Tell him after you see a neurologist or hand specialist because it may not be from typing. If you have verification of a carpel tunnel syndrome it can be aggrevated by keyboarding. ...Read more

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Why does my fingers cramp up like now as i'm typing this question from my phone?

Why does my fingers cramp up like now as i'm typing this question from my phone?

Carpal tunnel ?: Hard to say over the internet, but it's a good place to start. See your local physician for an evaluation. ...Read more

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Can you get a drs note for work if i've got a sprained hand and have already been seen? My joon requirses a lot af typing and it's very painfull

Can you get a drs note for work if i've got a sprained hand and have already been seen? My joon requirses a lot af typing and it's very painfull

Maybe?: Obviously you should call your treating doctors office and let them know what you need. If you are really having that much pain from typing at your age, you need to get things checked out. If you are having this much trouble at 20, you have many years of work ahead of you. You may need to see a therapist for an ergonomic evaluation of your work station. ...Read more

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Can't move my finger without pain? Due to too much typing?

Can't move my finger without pain? Due to too much typing?

More detail: Are you having pain? Is it locking or just stiff? Do you have any numbness or tingling? Do you have any medical problems such as diabetes? Are your symptoms worse in the morning? Any history of trauma? ...Read more

Dr. Mark Galland
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Splint (Definition)

A splint can be any type of external protection device designed to shield a bone or joint from injury. It may be used prophylactically to prevent injury or protect an injured bone or ...Read more