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What Can I Do About My Broken Thumb
I punched a wall and im not sure if my middle finger or knuckle is broken, how do i know? and how do i tell my parents about it
Hand bruise: as you think about things--make sure ice is applied as much as possible over the first 48 hours. if pain and swelling persists--you will need an xray. if the middle finger appears straight and not deviated--treatment would be buddy taping to the closest finger. Tell your parents early on rather than late. You will feel glad you confessed your mistake ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
X-Ray is best way.: Taking a simple x-ray is the quickest way to determine if there is a fracture. A walk in clinic equipped with an x-ray machine should be less expensive than a hospital er is you do not have insurance. If you have a physician, an exam could steer you to the right place, perhaps to an x-ray facility with a script in hand for the x-ray. Missed fractures may lead to complications like displacement. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
An exam followed by : An appropriately selected xray is a good start. The wrist is comlex and fractures arent necessarily treated all the same as the injury can be mild or complex even with a negative x-ray. A fracture can differ in its appearance just by varying the view of the x-ray so while a standard trauma series of xrays helps rule out an obvious fracture there are many injuries that need special views /care. ...Read more
Surgery/ palliative: The surgical correction of Hammertoes is reserve for people that have tried different conservative treatment and they have failed. This surgery and recuperation is very easy when done with the right technique. Swelling is the most common complain after surgery, and is easily treated with compression and/or a steroid injection. This surgery is not as bad as people think. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 dont 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
Depends : On why they are swollen. You can elevate them, but the key is finding out why they are swollen. Is this all of a sudden? Any varicose veins? On any medication? More info is needed, i think it would be prudent however, to let your internist know of this finding. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
First step: The first step is to see the appropriate specialist to diagnose the fracture, whether at the er, your primary care md, dentist, oral surgeon, ENT or plastic surgeon. Once the diagnosis has been confirmed with the appropriate studies, the various treatment options can be discussed with you. You have to know what you are treating before you can treat it. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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