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Is Your Finger Bruised or Broken?

Fingers are among the most easily damaged body parts. We all use our hands for most everyday activities and our fingers are relatively fragile. Thus, whether it is a sports injury or an accidental fall, injured fingers are common. While fingers are easy to hurt, it can be hard to diagnose the injury at home. If you are unsure if your finger is broken, read below to find out which injury you may have.

What are the Symptoms of a Broken Finger? 

When a finger is fractured, the bone lost its integrity. Depending on the severity of the impact, a fractured finger could mean a completely shattered bone, or it has a hairline crack. A finger bone can become broken in several ways, though it generally occurs after some type of trauma or accident. Symptoms of a broken finger include:

  • Severe pain
  • Loss of range of motion
  • Finger deformity
  • Swelling
  • Redness

If there is a severe fracture, these symptoms may not go away on their own. The severe fracture will be treated by the doctor using surgical instruments and implants, which is provided by orthopedic implants suppliers.

Is my Finger if I can Bend it?

Even if you can bend your finger, there is still the chance that it is broken. Bending a broken finger will generally be very painful, but in some cases, you may still have full motion of your finger and only a dull pain even though it is broken. Within about 5-10 minutes of breaking your finger, you may notice swelling, bruising, and possibly redness. As the swelling continues, it will become stiff. This swelling can also happen in the surrounding fingers. If the swelling continues and the finger becomes numb, there could be nerve damage or the nerves could be compressed because of the swelling.

How is a Broken Finger Diagnosed?

To diagnose a broken finger, your orthopedic doctor will need to perform many tests. The most common test that can show a broken finger is an x-ray. An X-ray will help the doctor evaluate the condition and the position of the broken bone in the finger. Then, it will be treated if needed with the help of orthopedic products.

What Should You Do if Your Finger is Broken?

For most minor finger fractures or breaks, the best treatment is to apply a splint or tape the injured finger to its neighboring finger for support and to minimize movement. You may also want to apply ice to lessen the swelling, but make sure the ice is not applied directly to the skin, use a towel between your finger and ice.

Always consult with an orthopedic doctor to ensure that using a splint is the best treatment. The doctor will need an X-ray to evaluate the bones in the finger and decide the best treatment plan for you.

When Should I Visit a Doctor for a Broken Finger?

After inuring your finger, you should seek medical care if the swelling, pain and limited motion continue or if numbness begins. Go to your nearest emergency department right away if there are any crushed tissues, lacerations or if the bone is exposed. Look for a healthcare provider, if any of the following occurs:

  • Increased swelling or pain
  • If your arm or hand becomes cold, numb, blue, or increased redness
  • Any signs of infection: drainage, warmth, or increased redness
  • Inability to move the hand or finger
  • Bruising elsewhere for unknown reasons

What are the Complications of a Broken Finger?

Allowing 4 to 6 weeks for your finger to heal by immobilizing it with a splint should be all a broken finger needs to recover. If this technique does not work, there may be complications in the process of healing. You should consult with your doctor to evaluate possible complications which include

  • Joint Stiffness: It is a common problem after treatment for a broken finger. Physical therapy may be the preferable procedure to regain your finger’s range of motion.
  • An unusual turning of bones: During healing, the bones in the finger could turn abnormally which can cause the finger to become deformed.
  • Non-union: When the two ends of the bone don’t heal together properly, leaving the area unstable.
  • Infection: If surgery was essential to fix the break; post-operation infection is a possibility. The surgeon will use orthopedic implants to fix the break that are obtained from orthopedic company in India.

How to Tell if your Finger is Bruised?

A bruised finger can sometimes be just a painful as a broken or fractured finger. However, unlike a broken finger, there is no bone fracture or break. The impact is that the injured finger causes bleeding under the skin. Symptoms of a bruised finger are as follows:

  • Pain
  • Stiffness
  • Swelling
  • Discoloration
  • Loss of finger mobility

A bruised finger is also known as a finger contusion. These injuries can take some weeks to heal. During the healing time, the bruise will change color from reddish to purple-blue, to greenish-yellow and finally to a yellow-brown before the bruise will completely go away.

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