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How do I know if my index finger is dislocated, sprained, or even broken?

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Dr. Allen Seely
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In brief: XRAY is BEST

A simple xray of the index finger (at least 2-3 xray views) can tell if you have a dislocation (very painful & obvious) or a fracture.
Sprains are not seen on xrays but are deduced by mechanism of injury and/or site of tenderness/swelling. Splinting is the best treatment until the diagnosis is secure.

In brief: XRAY is BEST

A simple xray of the index finger (at least 2-3 xray views) can tell if you have a dislocation (very painful & obvious) or a fracture.
Sprains are not seen on xrays but are deduced by mechanism of injury and/or site of tenderness/swelling. Splinting is the best treatment until the diagnosis is secure.
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