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Dr. Payam Rafat
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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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What would be recommended to take care of a badly sprained pinky and ring finger knuckle?

What would be recommended to take care of a badly sprained pinky and ring finger knuckle?

Occupational Therapy: You should see an occupational therapist for an evaluation and exercise/therapy plan. They can help evaluate your injury and created a treatment plan to return you to your daily activities.

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I played football 2 or 3 weeks ago and tweaked my ring finger. Now it bothers me when I type. Not sure if its just a spraign or something worse?

I played football 2 or 3 weeks ago and tweaked my ring finger. Now it bothers me when I type. Not sure if its just a spraign or something worse?

Suggest exam/ xray: If your finger is still giving you problems after 3 weeks i would suggest an exam and possible xray you may have a small fracture or possible tendon or ligamentous injury.

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Docs,I have sprained my left hand last three fingers, pain is improving with rest,not much swelling.should I buddy tape them?when does it heal fully?

Docs,I have sprained my left hand last three fingers, pain is improving with rest,not much swelling.should I buddy tape them?when does it heal fully?

Injury: It depends partly on the type of injury and how severe it is. A mild sprain takes about 1 to 2 weeks to heal. Fractures can take weeks to months to heal.
It also depends on the person. Healthy children usually heal very quickly. Older adults or adults with other medical problems can take much longer to heal.
Consult a physician.

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Have had swelling on top of rt hand come n go for last month with pain generating in ring n mid finger. Went to ER said sprain.its not I know my body?

Have had swelling on top of rt hand come n go for last month with pain generating in ring n mid finger. Went to ER said sprain.its not I know my body?

Maybe a cyst: painfull swelling on the back of the hand is often a ganglion cyst or cyst from the lining of a tendon. Go see a hand specialist to confirm and treat

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I have a fracture in ring finger, wearibg solint for two days. no bruising, just swelling, how long will it take to heal?

I have a fracture in ring finger, wearibg solint for two days. no bruising, just swelling, how long will it take to heal?

Finger fracture: It depends on location of the fracture. Some need 3 weeks some need 12. You really need an Orthopaedic surgeon to advise you after looking at X-rays.

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What to do if i sprained my hand and fingers a couple months ago and two of them are still swollen and hurt sometimes, why?

What to do if i sprained my hand and fingers a couple months ago and two of them are still swollen and hurt sometimes, why?

See ORS: Sprains of the finger joints are common and can cause persistent swelling esp. For months after an injury. See an ors for evaluation and x-rays to make sure there is no old fracture, etc.Pip joint sprains can 'last' a long time but generally improve up to a year after injury . The joints , however, may always stay a bit bigger than normal. Good luck!

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I fell down the stairs and used my hand to stop myself which resulted in me landing on my fingers. Any idea what I've done? I think it may be a sprain

I fell down the stairs and used my hand to stop myself which resulted in me landing on my fingers. Any idea what I've done? I think it may be a sprain

Need more info. : How long ago did this happen? Are you having pain? Can you grip things with that hand? Is the hand numb? If you’re having a lot of pain and are having trouble griping things, there maybe a bone broken in the hand, wrist or forearm. As such, getting some X-rays at a local urgent care center would be a good idea.

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I injured hand, now when move pinkie finger, hand makes crunching sound, what's happening? Did i break it or just sprain it? It hurts a lot.

I injured hand, now when move pinkie finger, hand makes crunching sound, what's happening?  Did i break it or just sprain it? It hurts a lot.

Finger injury: If you had a traumatic injury and it is making noise when you move it i would be worried about a fracture of your 5th metacarpal bone or finger.

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Daughters wrist swollen for 2 wks 3 days Drs said its sprain then hand & fingers swelled 2 days ago. Is this still a sprain? There's popping too.

Daughters wrist swollen for 2 wks 3 days Drs said its sprain then hand & fingers swelled 2 days ago. Is this still a sprain? There's popping too.

Trauma or not?: If your daughter is 14 or less and there has been trauma, then a fracture of the wrist is much more likely than a sprain. A follow-up x-ray can be helpful in seeing a fracture at times when the first x-ray is normal. In the absence of trauma, other diagnoses must be considered such as infection or an autoimmune condition.

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Got hurt by a volleyball. Feeling like sprain in left hand fingers. I don't have a fracture though. What should I do?

A sprain can be mild: Moderate or severe. If there is laxity in the joint then at times surgery is needed. If the joint is stable often splinting in the proper position temporarliy to reduce swelling followed by buddy taping for protection and gentle return of mtion will help. Persistant swelling or stiffness should prompt a reevaluation but it can take time ( months) even for a simple minimal avulsion or sprain.

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4 years ago- bad bone bruise and sprain of hand(Between thumb and first finger).Since then, if i use it a lot(writing)pain returns. What could it be?

4 years ago- bad bone bruise and sprain of hand(Between thumb and first finger).Since then, if i use it a lot(writing)pain returns. What could it be?

Rehabilitate: If you didn't properly rehabilitate the bone and joint then it's possible that you are left with long-standing pain. However if you start exercising the area again then it's quite likely that the pain will permanently disappear.

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Is a wrist brace useful on a badly sprained wrist? And how should brusing on the back of the hand on the finger bone taken care of? Buddy taping mabye

Is a wrist brace useful on a badly sprained wrist? And how should brusing on the back of the hand on the finger bone taken care of? Buddy taping mabye

Perhaps: First of all I would recommend an x-ray to see if anything is broken. If no break, brace might be useful for the sprain. Buddy taping is useful for finger injury

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Could numbness and tingling at finger tips of pinky be due to a wrist sprain? Hand surgeon said i had no clinical findings for ulnar compression.

Could numbness and tingling at finger tips of pinky be due to a wrist sprain? Hand surgeon said i had no clinical findings for ulnar compression.

Hand numbness: Hand numbness and tingling can be cause by poor blood flow, nerve impingement in the neck or at the wrist, poor sleeping positions, or an unrecognized traumatic injury to the nerve. See a neurologist for an Electromyogram and a nerve conduction study to determine the cause of the numbness and tingling.