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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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Pain in my palm, just fell, is it sprained?

Pain in my palm, just fell, is it sprained?

Probable contusion: Most likely you have a contusion in the hand which is a soft
tissue injury which will heal with ice, rest and time
if symptoms persist and xray should be performed to rule out
a metacarpal or carpal bone fracture. ...Read more

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I sprained my thumb near my palm and when I press the spot I feel an instant sharp pain for a second. Is this pain from a tendon? Is pressing ok?

I sprained my thumb near my palm and when I press the spot I feel an instant sharp pain for a second. Is this pain from a tendon? Is pressing ok?

Family practice: Either a muscle or tendon strain. Possibly a fracture if trauma was envolved. Pressure is ok. It will tell you when to stop. See your dr if pain persists. ...Read more

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I sprained my middle finger. It is at the base of the finger, where the finger meets the palm. Is there anything I can do? Doctor says to wait it out.

I sprained my middle finger. It is at the base of the finger, where the finger meets the palm. Is there anything I can do? Doctor says to wait it out.

Cause of injury, Xray: Prior to providing a useful answer the nature of the injury needs to be specified. Also the type and results of the Physician's exam is necessary along with result of X-ray exams if indicated by exam.

In general, being able to move all joints of the finger, while stabilizing other joints of the digit and lack of fractures on X-Ray usually indicates a good prognosis.
follow your Physician's recom ...Read more

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My boyfriend grabbed my hand and I hit the palm kind of hard could I have broken a blood vessel or maybe just sprained it?

My boyfriend grabbed my hand and I hit the palm kind of hard could I have broken a blood vessel or maybe just sprained it?

Maybe: The first thing I have to say is that of the hitting incident was with malice, you need another boyfriend. If you were playing around, then yes, you could have a minor injury that requires no treatment. A major injury would likely be noticed by severe pain or swelling. If this is the case, go to an urgent care center or ER for an evaluation. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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Wrist pain 4 4 days cant bend down otherwise pain in back of hand cant place pressure on Palm, no swelling I can see tried Otc meds an ice. Sprain?

Wrist pain 4 4 days cant bend down otherwise pain in back of hand cant place pressure on Palm, no swelling I can see tried Otc meds an ice. Sprain?

See Hand Doctor: Should not ignore. See a Board Certified Dermatologist or a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon who treats hand problems. Let them evaluate and treat you. (Or go to an Emergency room). ...Read more

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I sprained my wrist (palm toward arm) 2 weeks ago. It pops in the back center of my wrist when used, then gets a sharp pain and bad ache after. Why?

I sprained my wrist (palm toward arm) 2 weeks ago. It pops in the back center of my wrist when used, then gets a sharp pain and bad ache after. Why?

Have it evaluated: Possible cause of your pain may include sprain, bursitis, fracture, contusion, neuritis, but of course there are a multitude of other possibilities. Get the feet inspected by a professional to determine the cause of the problem, as treatment varies depending on the diagnosis. ...Read more

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Tip of thumb to the bottom of the palm is swollen, palm is purple the joint red bent it backward. Thumb is numb. In a stabilizer. Is it sprained?

Tip of thumb to the bottom of the palm is swollen, palm is purple the joint red bent it backward. Thumb is numb. In a stabilizer. Is it sprained?

Call Hand Specialist: It sounds like you should see a physician immediately. It sounds like you had a significant hyperextension injury to your thumb and you may have torn some of the ligaments that support your thumb because of the amount of swelling and redness. A doctor needs to check the blood flow to your thumb and assess any possible nerve damage, and any possible fracture/dislocation. ER if high energy injury. ...Read more

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Tip of thumb to bottom of palm is swollen, palm purple, joint red I bent it backward. Thumb is numb. In a stabilizer. Is it sprained? Btw been 3 days.

Tip of thumb to bottom of palm is swollen, palm purple, joint red I bent it backward. Thumb is numb. In a stabilizer. Is it sprained? Btw been 3 days.

Indicative of ser--: --ious injury. Must B evacuated by an orthopedic surgeon since it most likely involves serious ligamentous injury that if not treated can't cause lifelong problems.

Get in & B Cn! ...Read more

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How can I know if my hand is sprained?

How can I know if my hand is sprained?

Get examined: Cannot say in this forum whether you have a 'sprained' hand/ finger etc. Or something more (like a fracture) w/o examining you and then if needed, obtaining x-rays. So if you're hand/ wrist or fingers continue to hurt see your pcp for exam/ x-rays and possible referral to orthopedic surgeon. Good luck! ...Read more

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Can you tell me if I sprained my hand?

Can you tell me if I sprained my hand?

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 and an exam in person. Your should include more detail if you ask again. Can I tell you if your hand is sprained, sure I'm capable of that with exam details of making better guestimate. ...Read more

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What should I do about a sprained my hand?

What should I do about a sprained my hand?

RICE: Rest ice compression and elevation are hallmarks of initial treatment however don't think "sprain" just because someone said you didn't fracture. There are many sprains that are sever and need treatment, there are fracture that are not seen on initial films. Go see a hand surgeon for follow up. ...Read more

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How to know if you have sprained your hand?

How to know if you have sprained your hand?

Injured hands: Can be sprains that may only need a splint to a more complex injury. How do you know? Well swelling is a sign of an injury as well as the presence of pain, loss of motion and esecually if it is one specific joint. With negative x-rays we often say "sprain". As x-rays typically show if there is a fracture. But beware as ligament injuries (sprains) can be severe needing specialty rx. ...Read more

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What could I do to determine if I sprained my hand?

What could I do to determine if I sprained my hand?

To be certain, x-ray: Pain, swelling, lack of motion, and/ or tenderness to touch following an injury could indicate fracture, but deformity is a sure sign if the area is away from a joint. If near a joint deformity could mean fracture or dislocaiton.

The best way to know for sure is to have an x-ray. ...Read more

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What is a good way to determine if my hand is sprained?

Evaluation: Typically there is an associated injury, and the pain is usually localized to the muscles/ligaments rather than the bones. Also, imaging studies (x-rays and/or ct/mri) will be negative for fractures. ...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

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What should I do for a sprained or potentially sprained hand?

What should I do for a sprained or potentially sprained hand?

Variable: Make sure it is a sprain. Then do tendon gliding exercises, paraffin baths, swelling control and eventual strengthening. ...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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How do I know if I have I sprained my hand/wrist?

How do I know if I have I sprained my hand/wrist?

Injured wrist: Can be a sprain that may only need a splint to a more complex injury. How do you know. Well short if completing a residency in orthopedic surgery or a fellowship in hand or a related field. ... You won't. ... But swelling is a sign if an injury as the presence or absence of pain, loss of motion. Often with negative x-rays we say "sprain" but beware as ligament injury can be serious in the wris. ...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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What to do if you sprain your hand and can't bend your pinkey?

What to do if you sprain your hand and can't bend your pinkey?

Rest: Initially immobilize injured joint with splint, rest, ice and NSAID for pain. Transition gradually - when pain-free w/ passive range of motion (rom), begin active rom exercises. If continued difficulty bending finger after pain/swelling have resolved, consider follow-up w/ physician to evaluate for tendon injury. Tendon rupture will limit finger bending until repaired. ...Read more

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Did I sprain or jam my hand rebounding the basketball? Hurts like h***

Did I sprain or jam my hand rebounding the basketball? Hurts like h***

Depends: This is very difficult to evaluate. It is very common to break (fracture) fingers, or tear ligaments in basketball. More than likely, if it continues to hurt, swell, or limit motion, you should have it checked and x-rayed. ...Read more

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Hurts when I try to lift something or shake someone's hand is it sprained or broken what should I do?

Could be either: If you injured your hand, and it is swollen, bruised, and painful, it could be broken. If you did not do anything to it, but it hurts, it could be a strain, arthritis, or nerve issue. Seek the care of an orthopedic surgeon or musculoskeletal specialist. ...Read more

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Is my hand broken or sprained if no cast?

Is my hand broken or sprained if no cast?

Certainly could be: Depending on the nature and location of the fracture or sprain, either one or both could be present and treated without a cast. For example, fractures of the metacarpal bones can be treated with screws; this allows return of motion without splinting in as little as 48 hours. ...Read more

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How to know if my hand is broken or sprained or fractured?

How to know if my hand is broken or sprained or fractured?

Medical eval: It usually requires x-rays (plus medical hx ; physical exam) to correctly diagnose a fracture / sprain. ...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