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Dr. Maritza Baez
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How do you tell if your finger is broken or jammed?

How do you tell if your finger is broken or jammed?

Xray and doctor: No way to tell for sure it's fractured without an xray. See a doctor. ...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. Michael Raemisch
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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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Dr. F. Thomas Kaplan
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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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Dr. James Bicos
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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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Dr. Gregory Harvey
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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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Dr. Mark Ciaglia
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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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Dr. Matthew Enna
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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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Dr. G Jason Hunt
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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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Dr. Michael Sparacino
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Can't tell if my finger is broken. Is that possible?

Can't tell if my finger is broken. Is that possible?

See below: These symptoms could be serious and need to be thoroughly evaluated by your doctor. ...Read more

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Dr. Jeffrey Wint
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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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