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What to do if you sprain your hand and can't bend your pinkey?

What to do if you sprain your hand and can't bend your pinkey?

Rest: Initially immobilize injured joint with splint, rest, ice and NSAID for pain. Transition gradually - when pain-free w/ passive range of motion (rom), begin active rom exercises. If continued difficulty bending finger after pain/swelling have resolved, consider follow-up w/ physician to evaluate for tendon injury. Tendon rupture will limit finger bending until repaired. ...Read more

Dr. Peter Ihle
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Sprains And Strains (Definition)

-R used interchangeably. They refer 2 injuries 2 mucles & ligaments. 3 degrees: 1=tweaked or hurts but no harm no foul, 2=damage 2 the structure with some bleeding & prolonged pain,but with ice, time , rest,& activity modification they heal over a few weeks,3=a complete disruption such as an ACL tear. If this happens in a muscle body, there's no repair available, painful, ...Read more


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Why does the wrist area on the thumb side feel weak sometimes (bony part that sticks out). Can you sprain your hand without swelling but feel's sore ?

Why does the wrist area on the thumb side feel weak sometimes (bony part that sticks out). Can you sprain your hand without swelling but feel's sore ?

May be tendonitis: In most cases you would recall a sprain, but with the intermittent symptoms you are describing it may be that you are suffering from tendonitis. May people today suffer from tendonitis around the thumb from overuse (i.e. Smart phone use). Start your treatment with rice, and see a physician if symptoms don't subside. You may benefit from ot or a custom splint. ...Read more

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Why does the wrist area unde the thumb side feel weak sometimes (bony part that sticks out). Can you sprain your hand without swelling but feel's sore?

Why does the wrist area unde the thumb side feel weak sometimes (bony part that sticks out). Can you sprain your hand without swelling but feel's sore?

? osteoarthritis: Base of the thumb is the most common site to see early osteoarthritis in the upper extremity that is as good an answer as i can come up with without actually seeing the hand up close and personal. ...Read more

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How to know if you have sprained your hand?

How to know if you have sprained your hand?

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

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What is done for a sprained hand?

What is done for a sprained hand?

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 more

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How do I know if I have i sprained my hand/wrist?

How do I know if I have i sprained my hand/wrist?

Injured wrist: Can be a sprain that may only need a splint to a more complex injury. How do you know . Well short if completing a residency in orthopedic surgery or a fellowship in hand or a related field .... You won't .... But swelling is a sign if an injury as the presence or absence of pain, loss of motion. Often with negative x-rays we say "sprain" but beware as ligament injury can be serious in the wris. ...Read more

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What's the best way to take care of a sprained hand?

What's the best way to take care of a sprained hand?

Sprained hand: Depends upon extent & location of the sprain, but typically initially with ice, rest, elevation, splint. ...Read more

Dr. Payam Rafat
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Sprain (Definition)

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