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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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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


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What can I do to know if I have a broken finger?

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

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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What is causing shooting pains through my hands & wrists, I have a broken finger?

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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I know broken finger has consequences. What are they?

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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Around it but I like to know how long a broken finger takes to heal in a 10 year old?

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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Don't know what I should do about my broken finger?

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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What are some of the signs of a broken finger?

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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