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Symptoms Of Fractured Finger
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
What to do if I broke my pinky and had a cast for 2weeks and just got it off its all stiff and how long would it take to rehabilitate a fractured finger?
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
I have a fractured finger and my doctor used the method of taping it with the finger next to it with tape, can that cut the circulation of blood to it?
When should a doctor put you in a cast for a fractured finger much pain, in splint when moving it in splint hurts
Casting : Casting for an isolate tiger is unusual unless tendon ruoture accompanies the injury. ...Read more
What can be the cause of a fractured finger not healing (growing back) after more than 7 weeks? My Orthopedic Surgeon said to wear splint only and no surgery, but how will the splint help if there's already no sign of healing? Please advise.
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
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
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
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
X-ray: Is used to rule out fracture. (fracture = broken). ...Read more
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
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
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