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I had pinky surgery and now I can't bend my finger. Is this normal?

I had pinky surgery and now I can't bend my finger. Is this normal?

No: What was the surgery for? You may have developed stiffness in the joints, or scarring of the tendons. You should alert your surgeon. ...Read more

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I got my finger jammed playing basketball and i can't bend my finger. Should i be worried?

I got my finger jammed playing basketball and i can't bend my finger. Should i be worried?

Possibly: Problems like these can only be correctly handled by your doctor in person. He/she needs to listen to you, perform an examination and possibly run labs or other tests. That's the only way he/she can find out what's going on and what to do about it. ...Read more

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When I wake up, my hands are swollen, in extreme pain, and I can't bend my fingers. I shuffle my legs. Pain, stiffness and hard to bend knees.

When I wake up, my hands are swollen, in extreme pain, and I can't bend my fingers. I shuffle my legs. Pain, stiffness and hard to bend knees.

Hand pain: I do not know how old you are. However pain in hands would make me consider Carpal tunnel. Thyroid problem another thought or some type of problem causing increased fluid retention. See your provider. ...Read more

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What is the solution if i can't bend my middle finger?

What is the solution if i can't bend my middle finger?

It depends: If you suffered a trauma and can not bend the finger see a hand surgeon to get diagnosed and properly treated. If you are post-op or have been immobilized for some time limited range of motion can be cause for stiffness. See a hand therapist to begin motion exercises. ...Read more

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I can't bend my left middle finger all the way down (can't make a fist). How can I cure this or how does it heal?

I can't bend my left middle finger all the way down (can't make a fist). How can I cure this or how does it heal?

Hand problem: This requires evaluation by a physician and may be the result of many things, including trauma, infection, gout, or other arthritic conditions. Particularly if this is your dominant hand, you need an examination, and there is no "self cure" or other "healing. If the problem appears to be tendon sheath related, a hand surgeon should be consulted. ...Read more

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My right index finger was hit by a basketball, it was swollen for a week, now its better but still cant bend it all the way after 3 weeks. Suggestion?

My right index finger was hit by a basketball, it was swollen for a week, now its better but still cant bend it all the way after 3 weeks. Suggestion?

Exercise: you can either exercise the finger by using a nerve ball or a small soft ball in your hand by squeezing on it and later actively with the other hand move every joint in that finger if no improvement you might need to see a hand surgeon good luck ...Read more

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90% sure i tore my volar plate.Dr said it was not broken and did nothing.I cant bend finger all the way and im worried about healing. What should I do?

90% sure i tore my volar plate.Dr said it was not broken and did nothing.I cant bend finger all the way and im worried about healing. What should I do?

Second opinion: It sounds like you are not comfortable with the evaluation and treatment you got from the first doctor, so I would not hesitate to seek a second opinion. Make sure you have all your questions answered to your satisfaction and that you understand and agree with the treatment plan. Volar plate injuries are usually associated with extension to the finger. ...Read more

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I lifted something heavy today at work my wrist popped on the side where my pinking finger is at the bend an its swollen cant pick anything up heavy ?

I lifted something heavy today at work my wrist popped on the side where my pinking finger is at the bend an its swollen  cant pick anything up heavy
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Wrist pain: This may be an acute strain/sprain. If you do not have any contraindications to NSAIDS (i.e., allergy to aspirin, history of bleeding gastric ulcers, etc) then a trial of ibuprofen (according to package instructions ) and ice to the area is reasonable. If after 72 hours, the area has not improved, I would then seek medical attention. ...Read more

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I injured my finger 7 weeks ago and it still hurts is swollen had a lump on the inside and i cant bend it as far as my other fingers what should i do ?

I injured my finger 7 weeks ago and it still hurts is swollen had a lump on the inside and i cant bend it as far as my other fingers what should i do
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Usually normal...: Depending on the mechanism of injury (or how you hurt it), the findings may be normal. For example, jamming your finger while catching a football or basketball can cause injury to the ligamentous structures around the joints causing swelling, stiffness and pain. Symptoms should usually resolve within 6-8 weeks. If symptoms persist with minimal resolution, seek help from your primary doc. ...Read more

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I sprained my 4th finger and i cant bend it all the way and its crooked. I got an xray and its not broken. Should i go back to MD or wait?

I sprained my 4th finger and i cant bend it all the way and its crooked. I got an xray and its not broken. Should i go back to MD or wait?

If there is a change: Since your finger has changed you need to see your physiciasn or even see a hand surgeon. Early X-rays may not see a fracture. This could be a damaged tendon or a damaged ligament or damaged lumbricals. This needs to be fixed now or it could lead to a permanent change ...Read more

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What does it mean when your finger joint feels out of place and you cant really bend it. Also, got an xray and they said they is no evidence of an acute injury.

What does it mean when your finger joint feels out of place and you cant really bend it. Also, got an xray and they said they is no evidence of an acute injury.

Ligament injury: It's unlikely a joint dislocation although I've seen plenty of patients with "normal" X-rays who have significant joint injury. I recommend you see an orthopedist or Hand specialist asap. The hand is intolerant of injury and missed problems can really leave lifelong problems. ...Read more

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My index finger is swollen and painful I cant bend it much had x Ray was fine sometimes the finger looks purple supposed to have mri should I getdone?

My index finger is swollen and painful I cant  bend it much had x Ray was fine sometimes the finger looks purple supposed to have mri should I getdone?

Specialist: If you are not seeing a orthopedic hand specialist, I would do that. A detailed exam and appropriate studies will likely determine the cause. It is just that am MRI of a swollen finger is not usually real helpful as it can be nonspecific. So, unless it was ordered by a hand specialist, I would probably start there. ...Read more