How Do I Know if My Finger is Broken?


How Do I Know if my Finger is Broken?

How do I know if my finger is broken? The human hand can be broken but is repaired using orthopedic care.

Anatomy of the human hand

Here is the quick answer to How do I know if my Finger is Broken?

What happened? 

How do I know if my finger is broken? The mechanism of injury or MOI is very telling if the finger is broken or not. Some injuries are known for breaking a tendon or ligament and not a bone. Pain hours after an injury is a good indicator that something is broken or sprained.

How do I know if my Finger is Broken? Can you move the finger?

Many people will answer yes; however, the question really should be, “can you move it like you could before the injury.”  Most people can still move a broken finger to a certain extent. If you can not move or straighten it without extreme pain, you need to have a doctor look at it.

Is it crooked or sticking out in the wrong direction?

Or was it,  and someone popped it back in place?  This could be a dislocation, meaning out of joint. A dislocation sometimes has a fracture too. You may have swelling and bruising as well. If your finger is bent or crooked, you need to have a doctor examine it.

Is it bruised and swollen?

Even a “sprain” is bruised and swollen; however, deep dark purple-blue-black color is usually associated with broken bones.  If swelling stays in the finger or area for several days, it will not hurt to have a doctor examine it.

Can you wait a day or two before going to the ER?

If you are not bleeding, yes, you can wait a day or two and see if “Mother Nature” helps it heal. However, if it is pointing in the wrong direction or looks wrong, get an x-ray and see your doctor. Sometimes fractures in the hand and wrist are so small that they do not show up on an x-ray immediately, and the ER tells you it is not broken. However, if pain and lack of motion persist, you should have a doctor examine it.

JOI Fracture and Injury Care

If you hurt your hand, the Jacksonville Orthopaedic Institute is here to help.  JOI has the top hand experts in Northeast Florida, and they are here to help you.  Let JOI get you on the road to recovery! JOI Physicians are currently offering ASAP Fracture care. This is a new option for patients who would like to avoid the emergency room if they have suffered a fracture or soft tissue injury. Make an appointment by calling (904)JOI-2000, schedule online, or click below:

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