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What are the symptoms of a fractured finger?

What are the symptoms of a fractured finger?

Pain: Pain, particularly with motion; swelling, and possibly a deformity. Don't hesitate to be seen if you think you fractures a finger. ...Read more

Dr. Jerome Zacks
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Fracture (Definition)

A fracture is a broken bone. As there is cartilage at the end of many bones at the joint, a fracture may also include a break in the cartilage. Fractures and broken bones are the same thing. It seems that many believe that a "fracture" is a lesser injury or an incomplete break in the bone, but this is not correct. Fractures may be displaced or ...Read more


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Need expert help here. What are some symptoms of a fractured finger?

Need expert help here. What are some symptoms of a fractured finger?

Pain and: Fractures (broken bones) often are associated with swelling, pain, and bruising. If the fracture is out of place or mal-aligned a deformity can sometimes be seen. Please get evaluated by an orthopedic surgeon to get the appropriate care. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms associated with finger fracture?

What are the symptoms associated with finger fracture?

Finger fracture: Finger fractures usually will present with localized swelling. There will also be tenderness at the fracture site. If the fracture is displaced there may be gross deformity of the finger. Some fractures at the distal portion of the finger may be a small avulsion and the presentation is a mallet finger. The distal finger joint will be flexed and the person is unable to straighten it. ...Read more

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Is it possible for a fractured finger to show symptoms days later?

Is it possible for a fractured finger to show symptoms days later?

Possible: This depends on the severity of injury. A minor injury in which you sustain a fracture which is not initially displaced can further displace and worsen if you use it. ...Read more

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How to tell if you have a fractured finger?

How to tell if you have a fractured finger?

Plan to x-ray : If there is no obvious deformity/ severe bleeding then start with rest, ice, compression, & elevation. You may splint the area, and take an otc antiinflammatory/ pain reliever if you don't have any contraindicated medical conditions. You should plan to have an x-ray in the next few days to make sure there are no fractures that will heal incorrectly. If there is obvious deformity = urgent care. ...Read more

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The Best way to treat a minor fractured finger?

The Best way to treat a minor fractured finger?

It depends: A fractured finger needs to be evaluated by a doctor with experience with these kinds of injuries. Some seemingly innocent finger fractures can have long-lasting negative results. If it is truly minor, a simple finger splint may be appropriate or even just buddy taping the finger to an uninjured neighbor. ...Read more

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I have a fractured finger and need help please?

I have a fractured finger and need help please?

Xray and specialist: Make sure to get a xray and find out which bone is fractured. Also, see a hand or orthopedic specialist to see if it needs a splint or surgery. Hopefully it is a minor fracture and will heal with time. It's important to get it treated because finger fracture even if they heal can become very stiff. Therapy may be needed. Good luck! ...Read more

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How long does it take to heal a fractured finger?

How long does it take to heal a fractured finger?

4-6 weeks: It takes the fracture 4-6 weeks to heal and it may take several more weeks for the swelling and stiffness to subside. See a board certified orthopaedic hand surgeon for evaluation and treatment. ...Read more

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How much time would it take to rehabilitate a fractured finger?

How much time would it take to rehabilitate a fractured finger?

6-10 weeks.: Assuming it is a simple fracture, they usually take 6 -10 weeks to get all your motion and function back. ...Read more

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How long should you wait with a broken/fractured finger before you go to the doctor?

Finger fracture: If the finger doesn't bend and straighten like normally, if the bone is not straight or appears twisted, get to an orthopaedic hand surgeon within a week if possible. ...Read more

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Good day. How long does it take for a fractured finger to heal? Is it necessary and important for me to go see a doctor again and maybe to take x-ray's again?

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How long does it take for a fractured finger to heal? Is it necessary and important for me to go see a doctor again and maybe to take x-ray's again?

Time is on your side: Without knowing the details of the fracture, it is impossible to determine the healing time. An uncomplicated fracture could heal in as little as six weeks but some could take much longer. Follow up visits and x-rays are, in part, protect you from potential complications of the injury. ...Read more

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Hello is it possible to see a blood vessel on an x-ray or have I got a fractured finger?

The only way 2-: -visualize a blood vessel is 2 have an angiogram. In the finger it's not indicated, & the X-rays will only show dislocation or fracture. Either of these will cause swelling, discoloration and pain. B sure U have Cn an orthopedic surgeon. ...Read more

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I think I have a fracture on my 2 metacarpal finger. I have all the symptoms, but 3 weeks ago I was treated for a sprain. Plus it's not any better. What should I do?

I think I have a fracture on my 2 metacarpal finger. I have all the symptoms, but 3 weeks ago I was treated for a sprain. Plus it's not any better. What should I do?

?: So sorry you are still having pain. If an x-ray was not done at your initial doctor's office visit this would be a great place to start. Even if it was initial x-rays can sometimes miss non-displaced fractures. Regardless of whether it is a fracture or not if you are still hurting good time to return to your physician or a sports medicine specialist. ...Read more

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Do fractured finger or toe bones always turn into arthritis?

Do fractured finger or toe bones always turn into arthritis?

No: Fractures that commonly lead to arthritis and joint problems are those that extend into a joint. Thankfully, they are a minority of fractures. ...Read more

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How to know if I fractured or brake my finger?

How to know if I fractured or brake my finger?

Xray.: The most common way is to get a set of xrays on the finger. ...Read more

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What to do if I jammed or fractured my finger?

Ice : Ice is a great start.
A second thing is splinting. If you are swollen even if you do not have a fracture a bruise to the joint will casue swelling in the joint. When that happen the joint tends to stay bent at about 45 degrees because the joint capsule's maximum volume is at about that degree of bending. The swollen tissue and fluid "pushes" the joint into that position
if you don't splint and swellling is severe it could lead to a contracture.

If you have minimal swelling and can fully extend your finger and its just a little stiff at the very end of flexion then you need not worry about losong extension but have to focus on bendong

All of this is for a true jammed finger, which I am defining as a brusied or contused finger or a joint that gets "jammed" and bruised.

This is not the same for a partial or complete ligament injury, a volar plate injury, a small avulsion fracture, a more severe fracture, an intrarticular fracture etc.
The principles are the same but the treatment and folow up are different

The problem is that many times xrays are not taken or if they are one is told that there is just a "sprain" and the range of these injuries from simple bruise to severe ligament injury, to tendon rupture to intrasrticular fracture is extensive.

So heed my general advice for any jammed finger but if it takes more than a few days to feel better, get evaluated. ...Read more

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Could my finger be fractured, sprained or jammed?

X-ray: If you have any doubts and it is painful and swollen, get medical attention with an x-ray. ...Read more

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Can't tell if I sprained, broken or fractured my finger?

Can't tell if I sprained, broken or fractured my finger?

Only an x-ray: Can tell, if it's a small fracture and there is no obvious dislocation. You can have significant pain, swelling and limited range of motion with a sprain that can last 4-6 weeks.
In other words, it can be a tough call. ...Read more

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How can I know if my finger is sprained, jammed or fractured?

How can I know if my finger is sprained, jammed or fractured?

Finger pointing: The only way to know for sure is have your finger imaged. X-ray would be the easiest. Spraining and jamming can be minor to severe and can make you think your finger is fractured. ...Read more

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Can someone tell me how to know if my finger is broken/fractured?

Can someone tell me how to know if my finger is broken/fractured?

X-rays: X-rays will provide the necessary information to determine about finger fractures (and the type of finger fracture). While physical examination alone can sometimes yield a lot of information, radiographic examination remains a true and tested method for establishing a diagnosis of a fracture within a finger. ...Read more

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My son asked a question & he told me that I have to write so he is 12 and he was hit then he got 2 green stick fractured fingers what's your advice?

My son asked a question & he told me that I have to write so he is 12 and he was hit then he got 2 green stick fractured fingers what's your advice?

A greenstick: Fracture refers to a pattern of bone injury when the fracture or break does not go all the way though to the other side of a bone as in a green fresh twig that is not dried out. There is still a break just not a "snap" like a dry twig. Treatment depends upon the fracture, locaton and position of the bone just as it does for any fracture, though sometimes for a greenstick we " complete the break". ...Read more

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How do I know if my finger is fractured or broken?

Get an x-ray: Fracture and broken are synonymous terms, they mean the same thing. In order to tell if you have a broken finger, you need to obtain an x-ray. ...Read more

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How can I tell if my finger is jammed or fractured?

X-ray: The only way to know for sure if something is fractured is to get an x-ray. See a board certified orthopaedic hand surgeon for evaluation and treatment. ...Read more