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On average, how long will a broken finger take to be back to normal?

On average, how long will a broken finger take to be back to normal?

Finger fracture: Can heal quickly but there are many structures in the hand that combine to give function. Adjacent joints may be slightly arthritiic and be inflamed, tendons and ligaments can be stiff or tight, skin can stay swollen, joints can be inflamed. Muscles can be weak from injury or disuse. Pain in some degree can be from even a slight subtle change in mechanics. Handtherapy can help at times. Times vary. ...Read more

Dr. Jeffrey Wint
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Finger Fracture (Definition)

A fracture is a break in the normal continuity of the cortex of the bone; it is described as a finger fracture when it involves the digits ...Read more


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Broken finger heal time. How long does it normally take?

Broken finger heal time. How long does it normally take?

Varies: A non displaced fracture in a child may tame a few weeks. A displaced fracture may take longer. A significant fractr in an adult may take many months. Fingers often feel stiff and sore for a long time after they heal. ...Read more

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I left my broken finger untreated for a while now it is deforemed. Can it be reset back into place?

I left my broken finger untreated for a while now it is deforemed. Can it be reset back into place?

Consult OrthopedicMD: Suggest you consult an orthopedic Doctor and get it examined and xrayed. He/She will be able to tell you what can be done to treat the deformity of your finger ...Read more

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Bruising on arm from broken finger. Is this normal?

Bruising on arm from broken finger. Is this normal?

Possibly.: Used blood from the fracture site may have travelled up the arm with gravity and circulation. Check with your doctor to make sure that there is nothing wrong in your forearm. ...Read more

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How often should I take breaks when working out after a broken finger?

How often should I take breaks when working out after a broken finger?

Commen sense: There really is no one answer. It depends on what you might be doing. Biking, running, swimming, lower leg activities shouldn't matter. If you are lifting weights, that might become sore for your finger. I would stop if and when your finger gets sore. Hope it helps. ...Read more

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Will stiffness in broken finger ever go away?

Will stiffness in broken finger ever go away?

Yes, with time: Fractures of the fingers can result in stiffness, particularly when immobilization exceeds 3 weeks. Tendon adherence can occur or joint involvement lead to persistent stiffness or contracture. ...Read more

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How can a broken finger heal?

Immobilize: In an uncomplicated finger fracture, healing only requires immobilizing the fingerr (with a finger splint) for 4-6 weeks. ...Read more

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How can I fix my broken finger?

How can I fix my broken finger?

Xray and MD.: Proper diagnosis and treatment (splint, tape, or possible surgery) may be necessary for best long-term outcome. Self-diagnosis and non-treatment often leads to permanent loss of function and later arthritis problems in the damaged digit. The person who treats themself has a fool for a patient. ...Read more

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How can you treat a broken finger?

How can you treat a broken finger?

Depends on break: Very much depends on the details. At its most basic all fractures need to have the pieces in the right place (so-called reduction, if they are out of place) and then held in place (so-called fixation) reduction can mean anything from leaving the fracture as is to closed manipulation to open surgery. As to fixation this can be anything from a splint to cast to plating, pins and screws. ...Read more

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Can I have my broken finger reset?

Can I have my broken finger reset?

Yes, multiple ways: Depending on the timing to present to a doctor, most fractures can be set by manipulation within 7-10 days. If longer than that time, or if inadequately reducible (set), surgery may be required to move interfering soft tissue and secure by casting, pinning, screws and possibly plates. The less severe or the more rigidly fixed, can be "moved" earlier, which may avoid stiffness later after healing. ...Read more

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What do you do for a broken finger?

What do you do for a broken finger?

See hand surgeon: Many finger fractures are successfully treated with splints or casts. Some are more complicated and best treated with surgery. It is best to see a hand surgeon early to ensure correct diagnosis and optimal treatment plan. ...Read more

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What does a broken finger look like?

That varies: Depending on the location and type of fracture. ...Read more

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What can be done for a broken finger?

See doc: If truely broken your doc, after x-ray, wil need splinting or surgery. Don't wait. ...Read more

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What would a broken finger look like?

What would a broken finger look like?

Painful deformity: A broken finger can look normal or it can have a deformity. In either case, there is usually significant pain with movement. Bruising is also often seen with fractures. ...Read more

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What would a broken finger feel like?

Broken finger: Pain! But a mild fracture can be only mild pain that one might think of only as "a sprain". ...Read more

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What can be done for a broken finger?

Finger: Obseve, diagnose, splint, pin, open, treat etc
depends upon how, where, when etc

are you asking because you have a simple straightforward injury and don't think its worth going to see a doctor or do you HAV a injury that can be severe and are worried? ...Read more

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What are the causes of a broken finger?

Trauma: The most common cause of a broken finger is trauma or an accident. Typically, a finger will not spontaneously break. However, it is rare to have a cyst in the bone which can predispose a finger to breaking. Over 99% of the time, an accident will be responsible for a break. ...Read more

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When will a broken finger typically heal?

When will a broken finger typically heal?

6 wks w/ proper care: Most fractures take approximately 6 weeks to heal assuming proper care. Finger fractures, although may sound unimportant, can lead to deformity and pain if not properly evaluated and treated. Be sure to see your doctor (family doctor, internist or orthopedic surgeon) for best results. ...Read more

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What should you do with my broken finger?

Repair it: Reduction of a fracture with stabilization are the essentials of treatment. Whether this required open or closed treatment and for how long is a decision that should be left to an expert who examines you on a regular basis. ...Read more

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How long will a broken finger take to heal?

4-6 weeks: Depends on the location and type of fracture. Some will require surgery. ...Read more

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How long does it take to heal broken finger?

About 3-6 weeks: Most fractures heal within 6 wks. The hand has a great blood supply and may heal faster. Typically, the finger needs to be immobilized during the healing process. Stiffness may occur after fracture immobilization and therapy may be needed. ...Read more

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What are some of the signs of a broken finger?

What are some of the signs of a broken finger?

Pain, swelling, loss: Of motion, deviation, rotation, stiffness, throbbing, numbness, discoloration, tightness all can be symptoms of a finger fracture. If one suspects a fracture, then elevation, ice, splinting and urgent evaluation is needed as many seemingly simple fractures in the hand require a detailed understanding of what to do to optimize healing and return of function. ...Read more

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How long will it take a broken finger to heal?

How long will it take a broken finger to heal?

Depends: Time to heal will depend on a few factors - such as presence of dislocation or not, presence of joint involvement or not. An uncomplicated finger fracture will take 3-5 weeks to heal. ...Read more

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How can you stop the pain for a broken finger?

Proper immobilizatio: N, gentle elvation, ice, anti-inflammatory medicati that one ca take safely regularly, all go a long ay to decrease pain form a painful finger. Care to make sure that circulation and nerve function ar not compromised and if there as an open wound that was treated woth the fracturem that infection is not occurring. ...Read more

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How long does it take a broken finger to heal?

6 -8 weeks: Finger fractures can take 6-8 weeks to heal but can be stiff and sore for many months. ...Read more

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What are some of the symptoms of broken finger?

What are some of the symptoms of broken finger?

Pain -Discoloration: Pain and bruising, particularly when lasting for more than a week. Deformity after an injury should always be evaluated by a health professional. An xray is usually needed to evaluate for smaller fractures in the small finger joints. ...Read more

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What can I do to know if I have a broken finger?

What can I do to know if I have a broken finger?

Finger fracture: Can heal quickly but there are many structures in the hand that combine to give function. Adjacent joints may be slightly arthritiic and be inflamed, tendons and ligaments can be stiff or tight, skin can stay swollen, joints can be inflamed. Muscles can be weak from injury or disuse. Pain in some degree can be from even a slight subtle change in mechanics so get an x-ray to find out what you have. ...Read more

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What are some of the symptoms of a broken finger?

Pain: Typically pain and swelling. Occasionally there is rotational deformity. ...Read more

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How much time will my broken finger take to heal?

Depends on type: Typically 4 to 6 weeks for initial interval healing at fracture site allowing mobilization and limited use after that time frame. Factors include type of fracture, open or closed reduction, and other medical problems. Smoking and anti-inflammatories adversely effect rate of healing ...Read more