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Doctor insights on: What Are The Symptoms Of A Sprained Finger

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Dr. Payam Rafat
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Sprain (Definition)

A sprain is an injury that results from excessive stretching of a ligament, which is a tough band that connects bone to bone and holds joints in place. Rapid swelling and pain ...Read more


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What are the symptoms of a sprained middle finger?

What are the symptoms of a sprained middle finger?

Pain and swelling: Basically pain and swelling about the knuckle. It is usually wise o get an x-ray to make sure there is no underlying fracture. ...Read more

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I'm showing some symptoms of a sprained finger, how do I know if i need to see a doc?

I'm showing some symptoms of a sprained finger, how do I know if i need to see a doc?

Depends: If the pain is severe/debilitating, or if there is gross instability of the finger, or if there is significant redness and/or swelling, then i would recommend seeing a doc. Other than that, you can certainly just try ice, elevation, ibupforen, and buddy taping (taping the finger to the one next to it, which provides stability). ...Read more

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I am showing some symptoms of a sprained finger, how do I know if i need to go to the doctor for my finger?

I am showing some symptoms of a sprained finger, how do I know if i need to go to the doctor for my finger?

Instability: If the joint is just sore and mildly swollen then no. If the joint is unstable and has pain with stressing of the joint, or is lacking range of motion then yes. ...Read more

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I sprained my index finger on Saturday and on Sunday I Googled my symptoms and it comes up with a sprained finger, I brought a finger splint today, I can still move it, and the pain is subsiding a bit now. Just wondering how long should I keep it on? Also

I sprained my index finger on Saturday and on Sunday I Googled my symptoms and it comes up with a sprained finger, I brought a finger splint today, I can still move it, and the pain is subsiding a bit now. Just wondering how long should I keep it on?
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Keep moving: The movement is definitely a good thing. You don't want to completely NOT move it for a week because that will cause unnecessary stiffness and likely cause the healing to be longer than it would normally. Typically somewhere between 5-7 days depending on how the finger is feeling. It's not an exact science. And just so you know, I can't see the last part of your question on here- sorry! Good luck! ...Read more

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Sign of a sprained finger?

Sign of a sprained finger?

Pain.: Pain at the joint, swelling, difficulty with moving your finger. ...Read more

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How can I treat a sprained finger?

How can I treat a sprained finger?

Ice and early motion: It is important to find out if the finger is sprained and not broken. The only way to know for sure is to get an x-ray. Once a fracture is ruled out, an early protected range of motion exercises can begin. Finger joints can get stuff quickly, so it is important to get them moving as soon as possible. Talk to a board certified orthopaedic surgeon and/or an occupational therapist for treatment. ...Read more

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How can you heal a sprained finger?

How can you heal a sprained finger?

Many things to do. : A sprained finger usually responds well to rest and splinting. Additionally, anti inflammatory medications and ice can also help. If the pain persists, see your family doctor to confirm the diagnosis. ...Read more

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What can be done for a sprained finger?

What can be done for a sprained finger?

Rest: Rest, warm compresses, splinting it by itself or buddy-taping to the one next to it and Aspirin or advil (ibuprofen) if tolerated and is painful. ...Read more