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What are some symptoms of a broken hand compared to a sprain without a broken bone?

What are some symptoms of a broken hand compared to a sprain without a broken bone?

Often the same: Symptoms of hand fracture and sprain include pain, swelling and decreased motion. Hand fractures and sprains can occur from similar mechanisms of injury. Moreover, what looks like a simple sprain can be a complex fracture that requires treatment (immobilization or surgery). Therefore, it is important to be evaluated if symptoms from hand/finger injuries don't improve after a few days.

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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


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Exercises for a sprained knuckle?

Exercises for a sprained knuckle?

Sprain: As long as the diagnosis is certain then best course of action involves simple range of motion exercises. This will not only help improve flexibility but also improve swelling.

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How do I know if I have a sprained, broken, or nothing knuckle?

How do I know if I have a sprained, broken, or nothing knuckle?

Be seen: If you have injured your hand and are not sure if it is strained or broken, you would definitely be well served to be seen just to establish the severity of the injury.

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How to know if I have done something to my knuckle e.G sprained or broke it etc?

How to know if I have done something to my knuckle e.G sprained or broke it etc?

Eval: Medical history, X-ray and physical exam normally can rule in or rule out a fracture & provide an accurate diagnosis.

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Is it possible to sprain your knuckle?

Is it possible to sprain your knuckle?

Sprain: A sprain is considered a stretch or tear of the soft tissues often surrounding a joint. Therefore, yes, you can sprain your knuckle.

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My husband was in a auto accident in February 2013 and his knuckle as of now it still hurts. He's told that it's just a mild sprain. How is this pos?

My husband was in a auto accident in February 2013 and his knuckle as of now it still hurts. He's told that it's just a mild sprain. How is this pos?

Not likely: If he had an injury and is still having pain in it, even though the injury was in 2013, it almost certainly is something more than a simple sprain. Consider a second opinion from a specialist.

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Could getting a sprained finger be caused by cracking your knuckles?

Could getting a sprained finger be caused by cracking your knuckles?

No: Unless you use incredible force knuckle cracking has not been shown to lead to any problems including arthritis.

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What would be recommended to take care of a badly sprained pinky and ring finger knuckle?

What would be recommended to take care of a badly sprained pinky and ring finger knuckle?

Occupational Therapy: You should see an occupational therapist for an evaluation and exercise/therapy plan. They can help evaluate your injury and created a treatment plan to return you to your daily activities.

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What would cause m y "knuckle" on my big toe to hurt and swell like it was broken or sprained when I had no previous trauma?

What would cause m y "knuckle" on my big toe to hurt and swell like it was broken or sprained when I had no previous trauma?

Gout/Hallux Rigidis: Gouty arthropathy can cause significant pain in the absence of any trauma and occurs commonly in the 'great toe'. Arthrosis from prior injury or an inflammatory arthritic condition could also be responsible. NSAIDs are helpful and an orthotic with a morton extension carbon footplate can provide relief.

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I fell last night and thought I just Jamed my finger but I woke up today and there is a tiny bruise above my knuckle sprained or broken?

I fell last night and thought I just Jamed my finger but I woke up today and there is a tiny bruise above my knuckle sprained or broken?

Probably sprained: The bruise just indicates trauma If you have pretty good movement of the finger with mild pain it's probably just a sprain Use ice and tape the finger to the one next to it to protect If it's extremely painful with motion, you may need a x-ray

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I think I sprained my hand? It's semi bruised and the index knuckle is tender. Should I place ice and wait in time, or is nontreatment a worse choice?

I think I sprained my hand? It's semi bruised and the index knuckle is tender. Should I place ice and wait in time, or is nontreatment a worse choice?

Get treatment: Ice is a great treatment for anytime that you have swelling. For your hand, I would place the entire hand in a bucket of ice water for 15-20min. Remove and repeat in 20-30min. This should decrease swelling and pain. In regards to not getting treatment, only a hands on exam/ XR can rule out a broken bone, which could get worse without appropriate treatment.

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Is my hand sprained? Dull pain just above wrist bet. Pinky knuckle and wrist. Minimal/no swelling, full rom w/ only dull pain. Punched refrigerator

Is my hand sprained? Dull pain just above wrist bet. Pinky knuckle and wrist. Minimal/no swelling, full rom w/ only dull pain. Punched refrigerator

Sprained or bruised: If the pain is truly dull, and there is minimal swelling and full pain free motion of the joints of the fingers knuckles and wrist, there is little chance of a fracture. Swelling, deformity and pain is more of a concern and should be evaluated by a medical professional.

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I have had a pain in my middle knuckle (R hand) for two months. My mom is a pediatrician and says it's a sprain. Should I go to orthopedic?

I have had a pain in my middle knuckle (R hand) for two months. My mom is a pediatrician and says it's a sprain. Should I go to orthopedic?

Come on now.: Bless your mom, but what is the harm of having a hand specialist check it out. There could be an additive factor causing the joint pain.

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Hurt my finger while sleeping. Painful when moving it, and the knuckle doesn't seem to work smoothly. Could it be sprained? Can't afford doctor.

Hurt my finger while sleeping. Painful when moving it, and the knuckle doesn't seem to work smoothly. Could it be sprained? Can't afford doctor.

Possibly: Not sure what you did during the night, but yes if something happened you could have jammed and thus sprained your finger joint. How long has it bothered you? And can't exactly interpret the knuckle not working right. Definitely can buddy tape the finger to the next: ice, rest, NSAID of choice (motrin/naprosyn etc), and see if that helps.

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Sprained my finger a week ago. Swelling in knuckle joint and pain experienced when moving it. Limited mobility. I have it buddy tape. Any suggestions?

Sprained my finger a week ago. Swelling in knuckle joint and pain experienced when moving it. Limited mobility. I have it buddy tape. Any suggestions?

R/O Ligament vs. Fx.: How did this injury occur? Which finger is involved? Since you buddy taped it, it is most likely the long or ring or little fingers. An x ray needs to be done to rule out a chip fracture. Treatment of choice is often ice 20 min. On/ 20 min. Off to decrease swelling. Elevation& Warm soaks followed by ice to decrease swelling and inflammation. Motrin or Advil (ibuprofen) may help. No gripping See a Hand surgeon

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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.

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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.

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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.