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How To Sprain Your Hand
Injured hands: Can be sprains that may only need a splint to a more complex injury. How do you know? Well swelling is a sign of an injury as well as the presence of pain, loss of motion and esecually if it is one specific joint. With negative x-rays we often say "sprain". As x-rays typically show if there is a fracture. But beware as ligament injuries (sprains) can be severe needing specialty rx. ...Read more
-R used interchangeably. They refer 2 injuries 2 mucles & ligaments. 3 degrees: 1=tweaked or hurts but no harm no foul, 2=damage 2 the structure with some bleeding & prolonged pain, but with ice, time, rest, & activity modification they heal over a few weeks, 3=a complete disruption such as an ACL tear. If this happens in a muscle body, there's no repair available, painful, ...Read more
Must be patient: Sprains of the hand, especially sprains of the small joints of the fingers, are typically stiff and sore for a number of months-it sometimes takes a year or more for the soreness to go away, and sometimes the swelling can be permanent. It is a good idea to get a sprain evaluated early to make sure nothing else is going on and to completely understand the condition. ...Read more
Injured wrist: Can be a sprain that may only need a splint to a more complex injury. How do you know. Well short if completing a residency in orthopedic surgery or a fellowship in hand or a related field. ... You won't. ... But swelling is a sign if an injury as the presence or absence of pain, loss of motion. Often with negative x-rays we say "sprain" but beware as ligament injury can be serious in the wris. ...Read more
Fractrues are bone injury
sprains are ligaments. ...Read more
You see a doctor: Who can take an x-ray and give you a definitive diagnosis. ...Read more
Rest: Initially immobilize injured joint with splint, rest, ice and NSAID for pain. Transition gradually - when pain-free w/ passive range of motion (rom), begin active rom exercises. If continued difficulty bending finger after pain/swelling have resolved, consider follow-up w/ physician to evaluate for tendon injury. Tendon rupture will limit finger bending until repaired. ...Read more
I suppose: I am not really sure why you would want to do that, but theoretically I suppose so. ...Read more
Depends: This is very difficult to evaluate. It is very common to break (fracture) fingers, or tear ligaments in basketball. More than likely, if it continues to hurt, swell, or limit motion, you should have it checked and x-rayed. ...Read more
First get a diagnosi: As a sprain " can mean so many things see a hand surgeon there could be a contusion or something as severe as a complete ligament disruption even with negative x-rays. Early rx includes, ice, splinting and NSAIDs but don't assume the injury is simple if pain continues, it can be quite complex ...Read more
Hurts when I try to lift something or shake someone's hand is it sprained or broken what should I do?
Probably Not: Sprains usually come from some type of injury. Typing can cause overuse injuries such as tendinitis. Try rest, ice and over the counter anti inflammatory medications such as advil or aleve (naproxen). If you symptoms do not improve I would recommend you see a hand surgeon. ...Read more
Get examined: Cannot say in this forum whether you have a 'sprained' hand/ finger etc. Or something more (like a fracture) w/o examining you and then if needed, obtaining x-rays. So if you're hand/ wrist or fingers continue to hurt see your pcp for exam/ x-rays and possible referral to orthopedic surgeon. Good luck! ...Read more
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 and an exam in person. Your should include more detail if you ask again. Can I tell you if your hand is sprained, sure I'm capable of that with exam details of making better guestimate. ...Read more
RICE: Rest ice compression and elevation are hallmarks of initial treatment however don't think "sprain" just because someone said you didn't fracture. There are many sprains that are sever and need treatment, there are fracture that are not seen on initial films. Go see a hand surgeon for follow up. ...Read more
Splints & nSAID's: The best treatment is to prevent further inflammation by resting and immobilizing the injured extremity, followed by reducing the inflammation with oral medications and ice. Sometimes therapy or injections are needed to treat more severe injuries. See a board certified orthopaedic hand surgeon for evaluation and treatment. ...Read more
To be certain, x-ray:
Pain, swelling, lack of motion, and/ or tenderness to touch following an injury could indicate fracture, but deformity is a sure sign if the area is away from a joint. If near a joint deformity could mean fracture or dislocaiton.
The best way to know for sure is to have an x-ray. ...Read more
Concern for fracture: Following on an outstretched wrist is the most common mechanism for fracture of the scaphoid bone. If initial swelling has resolved but you are still having pain, x-rays are suggested. It is important not to miss this fracture early. Long-term problems can develop with an occult scaphoid fracture. ...Read more
Certainly could be: Depending on the nature and location of the fracture or sprain, either one or both could be present and treated without a cast. For example, fractures of the metacarpal bones can be treated with screws; this allows return of motion without splinting in as little as 48 hours. ...Read more
It depends: Sprained joints in the fingers take several months to get well. However, you need an x-ray and examination by an experienced healthcare provider to confirm that it is a simple sprain and not a fracture or significant ligament injury. Many injuries can be missed, leading to worse outcomes. I had a sprained joint in my left ring finger from basketball and it took about 6 months to fully resolve. ...Read more
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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