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

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

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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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

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Finger fracture or sprain. How can I tell?

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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How to tell if my finger is sprained?

How to tell if my finger is sprained?

Pain and motion: A sprain would mean that the joints of the finger are not unstable but that they are sore and have decreased motion after an injury. If this is the case, you likely have a sprain. You can always see your doctor for an exam to be sure. ...Read more

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Can someone tell me how to know if my finger is sprained?

Sprain: Hi there! If you hit it hard or had it pulled to the side and one of the joints is sore especially to the touch and slightly swollen, chances are it's sprained. Make sure all the joints move normally and there's no snapping to make sure it's not a tendon injury. Sprains usually hurt for 2-3 months. No specific treatment unless it's unstable. Hopefully that helps! ...Read more

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Yesturday I hurt my finger but I don't know how to tell if I jammed it or sprained or fracshured it?

Yesturday I hurt my finger but I don't know how to tell if I jammed it or sprained or fracshured it?

May Need X-ray: Jamming your finger is a mechanism of an injury. Jamming your finger most likely would cause a soft tissue injury, that is, damage to a ligament, a joint capsule, or a tendon. The only way to determine whether you have a soft tissue injury or a fracture would be for you to have your finger evaluated by a physician and if indicated have it x-rayed. ...Read more

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Can't tell if I sprained, broken or fractured my finger?

Can't tell if I sprained, broken or fractured my finger?

Only an x-ray: Can tell, if its a small fracture and there is no obvious dislocation.You can have significant pain, swelling and limited range of motion with a sprain that can last 4-6 weeks.
In other words, it can be a tough call. ...Read more

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Sprained or broken finger. How can I tell?

Sprained or broken finger. How can I tell?

Can't really tell: You can't really tell for sure without an x-ray. Some sprains can be so painful that it mimics a fracture. However, if you have a fracture and it is not fixed properly, it can lead to permanent dysfunction of the joint or nerve injury (e.g. Pain). ...Read more

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How could I tell the difference between a sprained and broken finger?

Xray: Unfortunately you can't know for sure without getting an xray done. See a doctor if you have pain after an injury. ...Read more

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How do I tell if my left pinky finger is sprained, dislocated, or broken?

How do I tell if my left pinky finger is sprained, dislocated, or broken?

See ortho: Many times as soon as u injure it and look at it, if there is deformity at the joint, = dislocation with/with out fx and ligament damage. If deformity is between the joint, = fracture.

If it is just grossly swollen, u need to c an orth surg and b eval + xrays 2 b sure, and 2 get proper treatment no matter what u think it is! ...Read more

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What can you do to tell the difference between a sprained or broken finger?

What can you do to tell the difference between a sprained or broken finger?

Finger Fracture: An x-ray and examination by an orthopedic physician is the best and most accurate way to determine this. He/she will be able to determine the appropriate course of treatment and return to activity guidelines. Hope this helps and best of luck! ...Read more

Dr. Jeffrey Wint
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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