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What are the features of a broken finger that would make it look different than a jammed finger?

What are the features of a broken finger that would make it look different than a jammed finger?

X rays: The best way to assess , if a jammed finger has a fracture also, is with x rays, small fragments can not be assessd by physical exam. But it is still a joint injury, and needs specialized care. ...Read more

Dr. Jeffrey Wint
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Finger Fracture (Definition)

A finger fracture is a fracture of a bone of a finger, which is most often caused by trauma, such as a fall, or hitting one's hand accidentally with a hammer. A fractured finger will be painful, and may ...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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Jammed my finger Tuesday. I had broken finger symptoms but they lessened over 2 days. Now i can bend finger backwards more than other finger?broken?

Jammed my finger Tuesday. I had broken finger symptoms but they lessened over 2 days. Now i can bend finger backwards more than other finger?broken?

Finger trauma: It sounds like you jammed your finger a few days ago and had some pain that improved. That is a good sign. The important thing after a serious injury is to allow a physician to assess and ensure that blood flow and sensation to your digit are intact. Fractures and dislocations of the phalanges (fingers) are common and should be evaluated by a physician. Good luck. ...Read more

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My son slammed locker door on finger. How can I tell if it's just a sprain, jammed, or broken finger? He says hurts to move it.

My son slammed locker door on finger. How can I tell if it's just a sprain, jammed, or broken finger? He says hurts to move it.

Xray : The most accurate way is performance of radiography or xray of finger. Sprains and soft tissue injury in general are shorter in duration of symptoms. Deformity, point tenderness, discoloration, interruption in movement are signs of fracture. Any or all of signs and symptoms may not be present and vary in degree. ...Read more

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What are some of the signs of a broken finger?

What are some of the signs of a broken finger?

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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What can be done for a broken finger?

See doc: If truely broken your doc , after x-ray, wil need splinting or surgery. Don't wait. ...Read more

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I know broken finger has consequences. What are they?

I know broken finger has consequences. What are they?

Deformity, arthritis: Most fractures heal. The question is do they heal without deformity? When they involve a joint and are offset(displaced) they can lead to altered motion and arthritis. ...Read more

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What do you do for a broken finger?

What do you do for a broken finger?

See hand surgeon: Many finger fractures are successfully treated with splints or casts. Some are more complicated and best treated with surgery. It is best to see a hand surgeon early to ensure correct diagnosis and optimal treatment plan. ...Read more

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What would a broken finger look like?

What would a broken finger look like?

Painful deformity : A broken finger can look normal or it can have a deformity. In either case, there is usually significant pain with movement. Bruising is also often seen with fractures. ...Read more

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