Top
30
Doctor insights on: How Do You Tell If Your Finger Is Broken Or Jammed

Share
1

1
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

Dr. Jeffrey Wint
165 Doctors shared insights

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


2

2
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

3

3
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

4

4
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

5

5
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

6

6
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

7

7
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

8

8
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

9

9
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

10

10
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

11

11
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

12

12
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

14

14
How can I tell if my finger is broken or just badly sprained?

How can I tell if my finger is broken or just badly sprained?

Finger: Following injury, if swelling, pain or discomfort, with limited range of motion, need an x-ray. ...Read more

15

15
What to do if I cannot tell whether my finger is broken or sprained?

X-ray: To determine if there is a fracture an x-ray should be obtained. To determine a sprain clinical evaluation by a hand surgeon is best. This can be confirmed by mri. ...Read more

16

16
Can someone tell me how to know if my finger is broken/fractured?

X-rays: X-rays will provide the necessary information to determine about finger fractures (and the type of finger fracture). While physical examination alone can sometimes yield a lot of information, radiographic examination remains a true and tested method for establishing a diagnosis of a fracture within a finger. ...Read more

17

17
Finger fracture or sprain. How can I tell?

Get an xray: Xrays are really the only way to tell for sure. See your local orthopaedics surgeon. ...Read more

19

19
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

20

20
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

21

21
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

22

22
How can you determine if your finger is broken or has a fracture?

How can you determine if your finger is broken or has a fracture?

Pain, brusing: Best way is to get an x-ray to be sure. Signs of a broken bone are tenderness over the bone, bruising and swelling, and obvious deformity of the finger. ...Read more

23

23
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

24

24
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

25

25
What's a good way to check if my finger is broken, dislocated, jammed, or sprained?

What's a good way to check if my finger is broken, dislocated, jammed, or sprained?

I: I don't think anyone can tell by the fact that you have less or more pain. A bad sprain can hurt as much as a fracture. A bruised or "jammed" joint can hurt a lot if there is a lot of swelling. An x-ray will help. Swelling deformity are exam findings but many sprains can look like a fracture and the reverse so a proper exam and the right x-rags based upon the exam will be the best way. ...Read more

26

26
What are some signs that my ring finger is broken?

What are some signs that my ring finger is broken?

Pain/swelling: Signs of broken finger are pain after injury that doesn't go away. Deformity (not straight) finger, seeing exposed bone. Significant swelling and difficulty moving the finger. ...Read more

27

27
What are the tests for finger fracture?

What are the tests for finger fracture?

Exam + X-rays.: That's pretty much it. But make sure you follow up with an orthopedist, because it may need splinting initially, and there can be improper healing, affecting hand function that needs to then be either prevented or treated. ...Read more

28

28
What is the treatment for finger fracture?

What is the treatment for finger fracture?

Usually immobilize: Often needs splinting with finger next to it, or a finger brace (cushion-lined flexible aluminum brace). Hat's pretty much it. But make sure you follow up with an orthoimproperly, prevent improper healing, affecting hand function that needs to then be treated further, including physical and occupational therapy. ...Read more

29

29
Not sure whether or not my finger is broken. Go to doctor, imaging or er?

Not sure whether or not my finger is broken. Go to doctor, imaging or er?

Doctor: The doctor will figure out the necessary imaging. Er if in severe pain or obviously disfigured or need immediate treatment. ...Read more

30

30
What sort of disorder is a finger fracture?

Bone fracture: I am not sure what you mean but it is most commonly a traumatic injury. Occaionally it can be due to bone disease from tumor. ...Read more