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How long should it take to heal a finger dislocation and a finger jam from basketball?

How long should it take to heal a finger dislocation and a finger jam from basketball?

3-6 months: Jammed fingers can result in simple sprains to complex fracture-dislocations. The most innocuous appearing finger could be badly fractured. Uncomplicated dislocations (stable after reduction) are treated by buddy strapping and early motion. Return to sport in 2-4 wks. Tendon rupture requires splinting for 6-8 weeks. Swelling can last 6-10 months! a permanent deformity may result. Therapy is key. ...Read more

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How to treat a fractured thumb?

How to treat a fractured thumb?

Depends on: Location and type of fracture. See your doctor, this should be xrayed. ...Read more

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How long can a fractured pinky finger knuckle/joint take to heal?

How long can a fractured pinky finger knuckle/joint take to heal?

About 6 wks: A fractured finger usually takes about 6 wks for the bone to heal. If the fracture involves the knuckle or joint, pain can persist because the joint has been injured. See an orthopedist for evaluation. ...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?

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 can I treat a jammed thumb?

How can I treat a jammed thumb?

Ice, protect, eval.: Jammed thumbs can be a soft tissue injury, whereby the surrounding soft tissues are injured or sprained at the joint between the thumb bones (phalanges), or involve bony injury (fracture). A thorough evaluation by your healthcare provider will help elucidate whether an x-ray is indicated. Usually ice, compression and bracing to protect against further injury is indicated. Recovery is usually rapid. ...Read more

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How can you treat a torn off finger nail?

How can you treat a torn off finger nail?

As a wound: This will heal best if covered with an emollient such as aquaphor, vaseline, etc. Or a bandage. Some years ago, our mothers and grandmothers told us that we should "leave it open to get oxygen." more recent studies have shown that wounds heal better covered. ...Read more

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How can you treat a broken thumb?

Depends on fracture : The treatment of a thumb fracture depends on the fracture type. Some require surgery, some do not. Best to see an orthopaedic surgeon for an exam and x-rays. ...Read more

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How can you help heel a jammed or broken finger?

How can you help heel a jammed or broken finger?

Get X-ray and see MD: Proper diagnosis and treatment (splint, tape, or possible surgery) may be necessary for best long-term outcome. Self-diagnosis and non-treatment often leads to permanent loss of function and later arthritis problems in the damaged digit. The person who treats themself has a fool for a patient. ...Read more

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How can I know if my finger is sprained, jammed or fractured?

How can I know if my finger is sprained, jammed or fractured?

Finger pointing: The only way to know for sure is have your finger imaged. X-ray would be the easiest. Spraining and jamming can be minor to severe and can make you think your finger is fractured. ...Read more

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How to tell if you have a muscle sprain or hairline fracture in pinky finger?

How to tell if you have a muscle sprain or hairline fracture in pinky finger?

Xray: Xray could pick up a fracture but not always. Could be hard to differentiate. Either way should get better with immobilization, ice. ...Read more

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How can I tell if my finger is jammed or fractured?

How can I tell if my finger is jammed or fractured?

X-ray: The only way to know for sure if something is fractured is to get an x-ray. See a board certified orthopaedic hand surgeon for evaluation and treatment. ...Read more

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How can one treat a swollen finger joint?

How can one treat a swollen finger joint?

It depends: First, your doctor needs to diagnose what is causing the swelling. There can be many causes and each one requires a different treatment. If it is caused by arthritis, anti-inflammants may be prescribed. If it is an infection, antibiotics. If it is from trauma; rest. You get the picture. Get a diagnosis first and then the treatment is prescribed. ...Read more

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What can I do to treat a finger bone bruise?

What can I do to treat a finger bone bruise?

bone bruise: Improve swelling with ice and elevation and nsaids. Most importantly is to work on range of motion to prevent stiffness as a long term complication. ...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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"how to treat a bruised metatarsal"?

"how to treat a bruised metatarsal"?

Get weight off foot.: Contusion(bruise) metatarsal requires weight to be removed from forefoot. This can be accomplished in a variety of ways. Padding the forefoot with relief beneath the effected metatarsal is the easiest. ...Read more

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How to treat a swollen finger?

How to treat a swollen finger?

Swelling: Can be due to trauma infection inflammation gout arthritis etc the first thing is the term in the cars and then treatment becomes apparent ice is good in general as are nsaids trauma needs perhaps x-rays to rule out fracture. The extent of swelling and duration are important factors too. A hand surgeon can help ...Read more

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How can I splint a knuckle injury?

How can I splint a knuckle injury?

Depends: This problem can only be solved by seeing your doctor and being evaluated face-to-face. After a thorough examination, your doctor should be able to tell you what's wrong and what to do about it. ...Read more

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How can you treat a broken finger?

Depends on break: Very much depends on the details. At its most basic all fractures need to have the pieces in the right place (so-called reduction, if they are out of place) and then held in place (so-called fixation) reduction can mean anything from leaving the fracture as is to closed manipulation to open surgery. As to fixation this can be anything from a splint to cast to plating, pins and screws. ...Read more

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What can I do to treat a greenstick fracture on the wrist?

What can I do to treat a greenstick fracture on the wrist?

Greenstick Fracture: A greenstick fracture is a fracture of the wrist in a pediatric patient. Children's bones are much more flexible and a fracture can affect one cortex or side. On xrays they will often look like a crease or a bend in the bone. These type of fractures still should be casted. ...Read more

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Help, what treatments can I use to heal a broken or jammed toe?

Help, what treatments can I use to heal a broken or jammed toe?

If broken: You need to know if the joint is affected as those toes may need surgical repair. A jammed toe could possibly be unnamed but again you want to know if any fractures prior to performing the "un jamming". Best to see foot doc. ...Read more