How long does a sprained finger take to heal - Doctor answers

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I have had a sprained finger for 10 weeks now. How long does it usually take to heal?

I have had a sprained finger for 10 weeks now. How long does it usually take to heal?

See: Orthopedic hand surgeon. Sprains generally take less time to heal and you may be making it worse if using it. ...Read more

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Sprain (Definition)

A sprain is a medical term that describes an injury to soft tissue structures in the area. Common examples are a lumbar sprain, in which you might injure muscles in your back; or an ankle sprain in which you could injure ligaments about the ankle. Sprains can be from mild to severe, and so ...Read more


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How much time does a sprained finger take to heal?

How much time does a sprained finger take to heal?

4-6 weeks: A very bad sprained finger can take up to 4-6 weeks to heal. If your finger still hurts a lot after 2 weeks, go see your doc to check for possible stress fracture. Each week you should feel better, be able to move your finger more. If your finger stops improving or gets worse, you should see your doc. Good luck. ...Read more

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How can you heal a sprained finger?

How can you heal a sprained finger?

Many things to do.: A sprained finger usually responds well to rest and splinting. Additionally, anti inflammatory medications and ice can also help. If the pain persists, see your family doctor to confirm the diagnosis. ...Read more

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The doctor said I have a badly sprained finger and said to keep a splint on it how long should I keep it on?

The doctor said I have a badly sprained finger and said to keep a splint on it how long should I keep it on?

It depend: Sprain as you know have three grade 1-2-3-three is the worst.
I would suggest 2 weeks of splinting and how it go. ...Read more

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I sprained my index finger on Saturday and on Sunday I Googled my symptoms and it comes up with a sprained finger, I brought a finger splint today, I can still move it, and the pain is subsiding a bit now. Just wondering how long should I keep it on? Also

I sprained my index finger on Saturday and on Sunday I Googled my symptoms and it comes up with a sprained finger, I brought a finger splint today, I can still move it, and the pain is subsiding a bit now. Just wondering how long should I keep it on? Also

Keep moving: The movement is definitely a good thing. You don't want to completely NOT move it for a week because that will cause unnecessary stiffness and likely cause the healing to be longer than it would normally. Typically somewhere between 5-7 days depending on how the finger is feeling. It's not an exact science. And just so you know, I can't see the last part of your question on here- sorry! Good luck! ...Read more

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Sign of a sprained finger?

Sign of a sprained finger?

Pain.: Pain at the joint, swelling, difficulty with moving your finger. ...Read more

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How can I treat a sprained finger?

How can I treat a sprained finger?

Ice and early motion: It is important to find out if the finger is sprained and not broken. The only way to know for sure is to get an x-ray. Once a fracture is ruled out, an early protected range of motion exercises can begin. Finger joints can get stuff quickly, so it is important to get them moving as soon as possible. Talk to a board certified orthopaedic surgeon and/or an occupational therapist for treatment. ...Read more

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What can be done for a sprained finger?

What can be done for a sprained finger?

Finger sprain: Swelling from a sprain, bruise or tiny fracture may make the joint stiff and as a result hard to make a full fist or painful making the hand feel weak. Typically it is better to transiently splint the pip and dip figer joints straight when inactive, ice and at the same time work on motion when swelling is down. Nsaids can help as well. Often swelling persists in the small joints for a few months. ...Read more

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Difference between a broken and sprained finger?

Difference between a broken and sprained finger?

Bone vs soft tissue: Broken refers to bone. Sprain refers to soft tissues. ...Read more

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I was just wondering how can I reduce sprained finger pain?

I was just wondering how can I reduce sprained finger pain?

Finger sprain: Swelling from a sprain, bruise or tiny fracture may make the joint stiff and as a result hard to make a full fist or painful making the hand feel weak. Typically it is better to transiently splint the pip and dip figer joints straight when inactive, ice and at the same time work on motion when swelling is down. Nsaids can help as well. Often swelling persists in the small joints for a few months. ...Read more

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Can you get a fever from a sprained finger?

Can you get a fever from a sprained finger?

Likley not: Its extremely unlikely to get fever from simply a sprained finger unless there is a cut or abrasion at the site of injury. ...Read more

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Do you have to put a splint on a sprained finger?

Do you have to put a splint on a sprained finger?

No but helpful: A simple finger sprain can heal without splinting, however, a splint can help provide greater support of the finger. ...Read more

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Can you get a cast for a sprained finger?

See a doc: Most sprained fingers are not treated with casting, though splinting can be used. If you think that you need a cast, you need an XR to make sure you don't have a fractured, or broken, bone as treatment can be dramatically different. See you doc ...Read more

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Do I need to see a doctor if I have sprained finger?

Do I need to see a doctor if I have sprained finger?

How do you know?: How do you know it's sprained? Sprains tend to look and feel very much broken bones. If you suspect you have a sprained finger, it is worth getting it checked out to make sure there isn't a small fracture. ...Read more

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What could be done about a sprained finger that is severely bruised?

What could be done about a sprained finger that is severely bruised?

Consider a fracture: Severe bruising from a finger sprain heightens my concern for an avulsion fracture or a tear of a ligament or tendon. Simple sprains only need to be splinted for short time. Persistent symptoms should be evaluated by a physician. Better yet, have it checked now to rule out these more serious causes. ...Read more

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How do you treat a finger sprain?

How do you treat a finger sprain?

Mostly with time: Ice, immobilization and early protected range of motion will help treat the symptoms of a finger sprain, as will nsaid's and steroids. What the joint ultimately needs to recover from the excessive stretching of the capsule and ligaments is time to repair the damaged structures. This takes 2-6 weeks for mild sprains and 3 or more months for severe sprains. ...Read more

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What are signs of a finger sprain?

What are signs of a finger sprain?

Pain: Pain, swelling, tenderness. I would not hesitate to be seen to make sure it is not a fracture or more serious injury as well. ...Read more

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Finger sprain, what can I do, any tips?

Finger sprain, what can I do, any tips?

Occupational Therapy: You should see an occupational therapist for an evaluation and exercise/therapy plan. ...Read more