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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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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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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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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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Can a hand sprain cause pain to shoot up your arm?

Can a hand sprain cause pain to shoot up your arm?

Yes: A hand sprain can cause pain up the arm if the muscles that control the wrist are involved with the injury. The muscles that control the wrist originate at the elbow. However, pain that shoots up the arm can be a sign of other conditions such as fracture, so it is important to consult your physician. ...Read more

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How many days is it necessary to wear a splint for a hand sprain?

How many days is it necessary to wear a splint for a hand sprain?

Depends on: How much ligamental injury or sprain you sustained. Simple sprains need a few days, complex injury will need longer mobilization. Speak to the treating doctor. ...Read more

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For how long does it take a hand sprain to heel?

For how long does it take a hand sprain to heel?

May vary: Depends on the location and severity of injury. Have it evaluated and get the appropriate treatment. ...Read more

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What is the difference between a hand fracture and a hand sprain?

What is the difference between a hand fracture and a hand sprain?

Exam and imaging: Hand fractures may seen on standard x-rays and additional studies such as bone scan or MRI may be helpful sprains may be postivie finding in that here is no fracture but bones may be out of linel. A careful history and exam is also very important as you correctly implied it can be confusing so seek out so called experts such as a hand surgeon ...Read more

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What is the difference between a hand sprain and a hand fracture?

What is the difference between a hand sprain and a hand fracture?

A lot: A sprain is an injury of the tendons or ligaments. A fracture is a broken bone. Both can be a serious problem even requiring surgical treatment. Others may require only splinting or casting and others may not require anything except time and restricted activities in order to heal. ...Read more

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I fell and landed on my left hand. It's been five days and its still swollen at the base of my thumb. Could it be more then a sprain?

I fell and landed on my left hand. It's been five days and its still swollen at the base of my thumb. Could it be more then a sprain?

Could be: Sprains are likely, but fractures are also possible.. You should see your doctor. If your pain continues. ...Read more

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How long should it take a sprained finger to heal? I sprained my middle and ring finger of my left hand in the middle of november. It's now the middle of january and it still hurts as much as it did in nov. I've been wrapping the two fingers together an

How long should it take a sprained finger to heal? I sprained my middle and ring finger of my left hand in the middle of november. It's now the middle of january and it still hurts as much as it did in nov. I've been wrapping the two fingers together an

Sprains: Are sometimes difficult things to treat, and may take longer to heal, than a fracture. Did you take x-rays? Are you sure that it was only a sprain. Sometimes proper evaluation is the way to go. Get someone to take a look for you. ...Read more

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Docs, I have sprained my left hand last three fingers, pain is improving with rest, not much swelling. Should I buddy tape them? When does it heal fully?

Docs, I have sprained my left hand last three fingers, pain is improving with rest, not much swelling. Should I buddy tape them? When does it heal fully?

Injury: It depends partly on the type of injury and how severe it is. A mild sprain takes about 1 to 2 weeks to heal. Fractures can take weeks to months to heal.
It also depends on the person. Healthy children usually heal very quickly. Older adults or adults with other medical problems can take much longer to heal.
Consult a physician. ...Read more

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Got hurt by a volleyball. Feeling like sprain in left hand fingers. I don't have a fracture though. What should I do?

Got hurt by a volleyball. Feeling like sprain in left hand fingers. I don't have a fracture though. What should I do?

A sprain can be mild: Moderate or severe. If there is laxity in the joint then at times surgery is needed. If the joint is stable often splinting in the proper position temporarliy to reduce swelling followed by buddy taping for protection and gentle return of mtion will help. Persistant swelling or stiffness should prompt a reevaluation but it can take time (months) even for a simple minimal avulsion or sprain. ...Read more

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Is it dangerous to run with a sprained hand?

It should be fine: Unless you are running on your hands running should have no effect. If it causes pain consider a lightweight brace. ...Read more

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How do I treat my sprained hand/wrist? After 6 weeks it is still gets painful? See a hand specialist?

How do I treat my sprained hand/wrist? After 6 weeks it is still gets painful? See a hand specialist?

Definitely: If you continue to have wrist pain 6 weeks after an injury, you might have a severe sprain (ruptured ligament), which might require treatment. See a hand surgeon. ...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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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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I think I have a sprained hand? Could that be from typing

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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What is a good way to wrap my sprained hand? Does the ACE bandage help?

What is a good way to wrap my sprained hand? Does the ACE bandage help?

No: I am not a big fan of ace wraps on the upper extremity due to improper placement and ultimately ending up looking more like a tourniquet. A real wrist brace is better and if not better soon see your doc. ...Read more

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How should I treat my sprained hand/wrist after 6 weeks it is still very painful?

How should I treat my sprained hand/wrist after 6 weeks it is still very painful?

You need a doctor: I need more details to answer. You need to be evaluated with xrays, because several things could have happened. ...Read more

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Can you get a drs note for work if I've got a sprained hand and have already been seen? My joon requirses a lot af typing and it's very painfull

Can you get a drs note for work if I've got a sprained hand and have already been seen? My joon requirses a lot af typing and it's very painfull

Maybe?: Obviously you should call your treating doctors office and let them know what you need. If you are really having that much pain from typing at your age, you need to get things checked out. If you are having this much trouble at 20, you have many years of work ahead of you. You may need to see a therapist for an ergonomic evaluation of your work station. ...Read more

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How long until a sprained hand is healed? I can move it, but it's still limited. Only using synthetic elastic joint tape. Is the tape a wise thing to use?

How long until a sprained hand is healed? I can move it, but it's still limited. Only using synthetic elastic joint tape. Is the tape a wise thing to use?

Variable: Generally 4-6wks. Taping digits together is a good way to splint a joint. Must work on motion. Sometimes swelling takes alot longer to improve ...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

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