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Dr. Jeffrey Wint
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What can I do to know if I have a broken finger?

Dr. Jeffrey Wint
Board Certified, Hand Surgery
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What can I do to know if I have a broken finger?

Finger fracture: Can heal quickly but there are many structures in the hand that combine to give function. Adjacent joints may be slightly arthritiic and be inflamed, tendons and ligaments can be stiff or tight, skin can stay swollen, joints can be inflamed.Muscles can be weak from injury or disuse.Pain in some degree can be from even a slight subtle change in mechanics so get an x-ray to find out what you have. ...Read more

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Finger Fracture (Definition)

A finger fracture is a fracture of a bone of a finger, which is most often caused by trauma, such as a fall, or hitting one's hand accidentally with a hammer. A fractured finger will be painful, and may ...Read more


Dr. Daniel Haffner
Board Certified, Orthopedic Surgery
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How do I know if I have a broken finger or just a sprain?

Dr. Daniel Haffner
Board Certified, Orthopedic Surgery
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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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Dr. Jonathan Sollender
Board Certified, Hand Surgery
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I have a broken finger with a torn tendon. What happens during the surgery?

Dr. Jonathan Sollender
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I have a broken finger with a torn tendon. What happens during the surgery?

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

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Dr. Richard Makowiec
Board Certified, Hand Surgery
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What is causing shooting pains through my hands & wrists, I have a broken finger?

Dr. Richard Makowiec
Board Certified, Hand Surgery
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What is causing shooting pains through my hands & wrists, I have a broken finger?

Hard to say: Some fractures can refer pain upstream like you describe but you must also consider whether or not you have an additional injury. Best to have your hand surgeon assess the full hand and wrist. ...Read more

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Dr. Francisco Schwartz-Fernandes
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I have a broken finger and bone chip. Will I have to wear a hard cast after the operation to remove the bone chip?

Dr. Francisco Schwartz-Fernandes
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I have a broken finger and bone chip. Will I have to wear a hard cast after the operation to remove the bone chip?

You : May or may not. It'll depend on the procedure your doctor will do. ...Read more

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Dr. Hill Hastings
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I know broken finger has consequences. What are they?

Dr. Hill Hastings
Board Certified, Orthopedic Surgery
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I know broken finger has consequences. What are they?

Deformity, arthritis: Most fractures heal. The question is do they heal without deformity? When they involve a joint and are offset(displaced) they can lead to altered motion and arthritis. ...Read more

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Dr. Steven Brown
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Don't know what I should do about my broken finger?

Dr. Steven Brown
Board Certified, Hand Surgery
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Seek care: You need x rays to determine the extent and type of fracture so the treating hand surgeon can determine the best approach for you. If fractured will require some degree of support and immobilization. ...Read more

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Dr. Nela Cordero
Board Certified, Pediatrics
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Around it but I like to know how long a broken finger takes to heal in a 10 year old?

Dr. Nela Cordero
Board Certified, Pediatrics
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Around it but I like to know how long a broken finger takes to heal in a 10 year old?

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

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Dr. Oscar Novick
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Hi my daughter has a splint on her arm due to a broken finger, her hand is swollen, i just wanted to know if that was normal or not. ?

Dr. Oscar Novick
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Hi my daughter has a splint on her arm due to a broken finger, her hand is swollen, i just wanted to know if that was normal or not. ?

Swollen hand: The splint may be too tight. See your doctor for an adjustment of the spint. ...Read more

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Dr. Jeffrey Wint
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What are some of the signs of a broken finger?

Dr. Jeffrey Wint
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What are some of the signs of 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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