Determining Whether Your Finger Is Bent or Broken
Oct 26, 2018

Determining Whether Your Finger Is Bent or Broken | AICA OrthopedicsOf all the parts of our bodies, fingers are some of the most vulnerable to injury. Most of our day we are using our hands for most every task.

Our fingers are very fragile during these activities. Be it a sports-related injury or an accident during your normal daily routine, injured fingers is a common occurrence.

Broken or Bruised?

As easy as it is to sustain a finger injury, it is not as easy to diagnose. It is easy to mistake a broken finger for just a bruised finger. How can you tell if your finger is broken or not?

The integrity is lost in a broken finger bone. The injury could range from a simple hairline fracture to a completely shattered bone.

What are the Symptoms of a Broken Finger?

These injuries are typically caused by trauma to the finger. You may have a broken finger if you are experiencing loss of range of motion, deformity of the appearance of the finger, swelling, redness, or severe pain. If the injury is bad enough, these symptoms will not resolve on their own.

Is My Finger Broken if I can Bend it?

Regardless of whether you can bend or move the finger or not, there is still a chance that it may have a fracture or a break. Typically moving a broken finger will cause a lot of pain, but a break does not necessarily limit motion completely.

When you have a broken finger, you will see signs within a few moments of the injury including swelling, bruising and redness. The swelling itself is what limits movement.

You may also experience swelling in the surrounding fingers. It is important to pay attention to these symptoms, especially if numbness also occurs, as there could potentially be nerve damage in conjunction with the break, largely caused by the swelling tissue.

How is a Broken Finger Diagnosed?

To properly diagnose a break in the finger, you will need to see our Atlanta orthopedic doctors. The orthopedist will get an X-ray of the area to determine if there is a break and to evaluate the position of the finger. We can be reached at (404) 855-2141.


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