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How to know if you have sprained your hand?

How to know if you have sprained 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

Dr. Peter Ihle
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Sprains And Strains (Definition)

-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


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What is done for a sprained hand?

What is done for a sprained hand?

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

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How do I know if I have I sprained my hand/wrist?

How do I know if I have I sprained my hand/wrist?

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

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What's the best way to take care of a sprained hand?

What's the best way to take care of a sprained hand?

Sprained hand: Depends upon extent & location of the sprain, but typically initially with ice, rest, elevation, splint. ...Read more

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What should I do for a sprained or potentially sprained hand?

What should I do for a sprained or potentially sprained hand?

Variable: Make sure it is a sprain. Then do tendon gliding exercises, paraffin baths, swelling control and eventual strengthening. ...Read more

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What to do if you sprain your hand and can't bend your pinkey?

What to do if you sprain your hand and can't bend your pinkey?

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

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Is it possible to sprain your own ankles using just your hands?

Is it possible to sprain your own ankles using just your hands?

I suppose: I am not really sure why you would want to do that, but theoretically I suppose so. ...Read more

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Did I sprain or jam my hand rebounding the basketball? Hurts like h***

Did I sprain or jam my hand rebounding the basketball? Hurts like h***

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

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I sprained my wrist and it hurts through the tops of my hands. What should I do?

I sprained my wrist and it hurts through the tops of my hands. What should I do?

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

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Hurts when I try to lift something or shake someone's hand is it sprained or broken what should I do?

Hurts when I try to lift something or shake someone's hand is it sprained or broken what should I do?

Could be either: If you injured your hand, and it is swollen, bruised, and painful, it could be broken. If you did not do anything to it, but it hurts, it could be a strain, arthritis, or nerve issue. Seek the care of an orthopedic surgeon or musculoskeletal specialist. ...Read more

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I think I have a sprained hand? Could that be from typing

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

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How can I know if my hand is sprained?

How can I know if my hand is sprained?

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

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Can you tell me if I sprained my hand?

Can you tell me if I sprained my hand?

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

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What should I do about a sprained my hand?

What should I do about a sprained my hand?

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

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How do you treat sprained hands and wrists?

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

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What could I do to determine if I sprained my hand?

What could I do to determine if I sprained my hand?

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

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What is a good way to determine if my hand is sprained?

Evaluation: Typically there is an associated injury, and the pain is usually localized to the muscles/ligaments rather than the bones. Also, imaging studies (x-rays and/or ct/mri) will be negative for fractures. ...Read more

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How much time does a hand sprain last?

How much time does a hand sprain last?

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

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Is my hand broken or sprained if no cast?

Is my hand broken or sprained if no cast?

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

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How long does it take a hand sprain to heal?

How long does it take a hand sprain to heal?

Depends...: On where it is and how severe the sprain is. The small joints in the fingers are especially slow to heal. They may be stiff, swollen, and sore for up to a year--and the swelling may never completely resolve. ...Read more

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For how long does a hand sprain take to heal?

For how long does a hand sprain take to heal?

It depends: Depends on the severity of the injury. ...Read more

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I have a broken or sprained hand and or wrist!?

I have a broken or sprained hand and or wrist!?

Medical evaluation: Self- diagnosis

is not a good approach. Medical history, xray and physical exam normally can rule in or rule out a fracture ; provide an accurate diagnosis. ...Read more

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How do I know if I have a sprained hand / wrist?

How do I know if I have a sprained hand / wrist?

Wrist sprain: Usually swelling and pain. Mostly between the bones. Usually from a recent injury. ...Read more

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On average, how long will a hand sprain take to heal?

On average, how long will a hand sprain take to heal?

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

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How to know if my hand is broken or sprained or fractured?

How to know if my hand is broken or sprained or fractured?

Medical eval: It usually requires x-rays (plus medical hx ; physical exam) to correctly diagnose a fracture / sprain. ...Read more

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