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Sprained Knuckle Symptoms
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. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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?
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. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 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. ...Read more
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. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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. ...Read more
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 ...Read more
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
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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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