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How could I tell if I have broken my thumb?

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Dr. Allen Fein
Family Medicine
17 doctors agree

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Allen Fein
Dr. Allen Fein
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Dr. Bruce Prager
Sports Medicine
2 doctors agree

In brief: Finger fracture

There is no way short of an xray to tell if a thumb that is injured has a fracture.
That said an obvious deformity after trauma is a good indication that treatment is needed. Just saw a patient this week who neglected to get his thumb fracture treated . It healed in a malunion. Now he needs a reconstructive procedure. So if it hurts, doesn't move, and loks fuuny get it looked at.

In brief: Finger fracture

There is no way short of an xray to tell if a thumb that is injured has a fracture.
That said an obvious deformity after trauma is a good indication that treatment is needed. Just saw a patient this week who neglected to get his thumb fracture treated . It healed in a malunion. Now he needs a reconstructive procedure. So if it hurts, doesn't move, and loks fuuny get it looked at.
Dr. Bruce Prager
Dr. Bruce Prager
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Dr. Maritza Baez
Family Medicine
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Xray

Unfortunately only xray can tell you for sure.

In brief: Xray

Unfortunately only xray can tell you for sure.
Dr. Maritza Baez
Dr. Maritza Baez
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