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My 10 yr old daughter has a salter harris type 2 finger fracture by the base of finger/hand. (pinky finger) & she keeps losing circulation. Why?

My 10 yr old daughter has a salter harris type 2 finger fracture by the base of finger/hand. (pinky finger) & she keeps losing circulation. Why?

Splinted?: Is your daughter's fracture been splinted? How do u know she's losing circulation to the finger? If u feel she is call your ors (or whoever is on call for him) right away and explain situation or go to the er. Check w/ surgeon before loosening the splint bandage. This is something that needs examination quickly. Best of luck! ...Read more

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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


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How can you tell if finger is broken or jammed. Index finger is quite swollen down into knuckle on hand. Can move it?

How can you tell if finger is broken or jammed. Index finger is quite swollen down into knuckle on hand. Can move it?

X-ray: The only real way to tell is with an x-ray. If you had a traumatic episode (ie falling on it) then it would also point to more of a fracture. If you had no injury to your finger and the finger is also swollen, then you may need to be evaluated for an infection if you have any open sores on the finger. ...Read more

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How long till ican use my hand normally after finger fracture?

How long till ican use my hand normally after finger fracture?

4-8 weeks: It takes 4-8 weeks for finger fractures to heal. Once they have healed, your fingers will likely be stiff. You should be guided in some finger exercises by your doctor or therapist to get your hand moving normally again. If you are properly instructed on the exercises and you do them diligently, you should be back to using your hand normally relatively quickly. ...Read more

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How long should I wait to use my hand normally after finger fracture?

How long should I wait to use my hand normally after finger fracture?

It takes about 6wks: Fractures take about 6 weeks to heal. During this time, the finger is likely to be immobilized. Once the immobilization is completed, range of motion exercises are initiated. Once the fracture is healed, you should be able to use it with minimal discomfort. See a board certified orthopaedic hand surgeon for evaluation and treatment. ...Read more

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Where can I find work that involves only one hand after I had a finger fracture repaired with a pin?

Where can I find work that involves only one hand after I had a finger fracture repaired with a pin?

Consult emplyment of: Consult the yellow pages
and see what job offerings are outhere, they are many things that can be done with one hand. Consult employment offices that have descriptions of jobs avasilable. ...Read more

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How to know if my finger is broken?

How to know if my finger is broken?

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. Xrays are used to diagnose and type ...Read more

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How to tell if my finger is broken?

How to tell if my finger is broken?

Pain, swelling: Decreased motion, ecchymoses (black and blue) deformity, crepitance (crunchy bone sounds) and finally an x-ray. ...Read more

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How can I tell if finger is broken?

Unless you have: A clear cut deformity - medical history, examination and x-ray are usually required to make an accurate diagnosis. ...Read more

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How do I know if my finger is broken?

How do I know if my finger is broken?

See below: The general signs of a broken bone are pain, swelling, bleeding inside leading to bruising (ecchymosis) and loss of function. These can also occur with soft tissue injuries too. To confirm, and x-ray can be done. ...Read more

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How do you tell if a finger is broken?

X-rays: Sometimes, it is grossly evident that a finger is broken because it is deformed, but this is certainly not always the case. If you are concerned that your finger may be broken, I would suggest seeing an orthopaedic surgeon for an exam and x-rays. ...Read more

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How can I tell if my finger is broken?

How can I tell if my finger is broken?

Xray: See your physician. An xray is the most effective way to diagnose a broken bone. ...Read more

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How can I tell if my finger is broken?

How can I tell if my finger is broken?

Obtain an X-ray: If you had a recent injury and are concerned that you have a broken finger, you should see a physician and obtain x-rays of the finger. ...Read more

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Can you tell me if my finger is broken?

Can you tell me if my finger is broken?

Broken finger: Difficult to determine without a xray. However, if there is swelling, pain, bruising and a defomity, there is a good chance it is broken. ...Read more

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How do you know if your finger is broken?

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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How can you tell if your finger is broken?

How can you tell if your finger is broken?

X-ray: X-ray is the most reliable way to tell if your finger is broken. Even a finger with the worst swelling, pain, and/or inability to move, might not be broken. Get an x-ray to be sure you'll treat the finger properly for best healing and future function. ...Read more

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How can I tell my finger is broken please?

How can I tell my finger is broken please?

X-rays: If you recently sustained trauma to your finger and there is any cause for concern that it might be broken, have a hand surgeon examine the finger and obtain plain film radiographs. Most broken fingers are swollen, painful to move and will have x-ray findings of a fracture. Frac. ...Read more

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How can you know if your finger is broken?

How can you know if your finger is broken?

X-ray: The only way to know for sure is to get an x-ray. A finger with a small break or a breaks that isn't too badly out of place may not look too bad from the outside. Also, it's an "old wive's tale" that it's not broken if you can move it. Hope you feel better soon! ...Read more

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Can't tell if my finger is broken or jammed?

Can't tell if my finger is broken or jammed?

Get an x-ray: Many fractures may seem like only a "jammed finger" or sprain, but only an x-ray can tell for sure. It is better to have your finger evaluated if the pain, loss of motion, and swelling do not resolve within a few days. ...Read more

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How to tell if my finger is broken or something?

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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What can they do for you if your finger is broken?

What can they do for you if your finger is broken?

Splint: It depends on the structures involvement (i.e. Joint).
Uncomplicated ones are treated by applying a finger splint or buddy taping. Complex ones are treated by orthopedic specialists and may require surgery or other more complicated modalities. ...Read more

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