How do you know if a finger injury is serious?

When to Seek Medical Care for Finger Injuries
  1. If there is severe pain or deformity.
  2. If there is uncontrolled bleeding.
  3. If there is a numbness (loss of sensation)
  4. If the finger is pale or bluish.
  5. If there are exposed bones or tendons.

How do you know if you tore a ligament in your finger?

When a ligament supporting a finger joint is injured pain is felt in the finger. It is often made more painful if the joint is moved or if the finger is touched where the ligament is injured. Shortly after the injury the finger will become swollen and then bruised.

How are finger injuries diagnosed?

Symptoms of finger injuries (below) can help you tell the difference between a jammed finger and broken finger.

The most common symptoms of hand and finger injuries are:
  1. Pain at the injury point or in your fingers.
  2. Inability to move the finger.
  3. Limited hand motion.
  4. Deformity.
  5. Swelling.
  6. Bruising.
  7. Weakness of the hand.

How long do finger injuries take to heal?

Your Care Instructions. Breaks in the bones of the finger usually heal well in about 3 to 4 weeks. The pain and swelling from a broken finger can last for weeks. But it should steadily improve, starting a few days after you break it.

What is the most common finger injury?

Cuts, Scrapes (skinned knuckles) and Bruises. These are the most common injuries. Jammed Finger. The end of a straightened finger or thumb receives a blow.

When should you see a doctor for a finger injury?

Call your provider if: Your finger pain is caused by injury. Your finger is deformed. The problem continues after 1 week of home treatment.

Do torn finger ligaments heal on their own?

A fully torn ligament, or grade 3 tear, can cause chronic pain and joint instability. Complete tears rarely heal naturally.

Can a torn finger tendon heal on its own?

Tendons cannot heal unless the ends are touching. In most cases, a cut or torn tendon must be repaired by a surgeon. Surgery is usually performed within 7 to 10 days after an injury. In general, the sooner surgery is performed, the better recovery will be.

Can you pull a ligament in your finger?

A sprained finger involves torn or stretched soft tissues, such as a ligament, in your finger. These soft tissues connect bones to other bones and supports your joints. Finger sprains are common. They tend to be caused by sports injuries or trauma (such as a car accident or fall for example).

How do you treat a sprained finger ligament?

To treat a sprained finger at home, RICE is the first step you’ll take. RICE stands for rest, ice, compression, and elevation. You’ll need to rest the joint and apply ice packs on (and then off) for 20 minutes at a time. Never apply ice directly to the skin; wrap the ice pack in a towel.

What is mallet finger injury?

Mallet finger is an injury to the end of your finger that causes it to bend inwards towards your palm. You will not be able to straighten the end of your finger because the tendon connecting the muscle to the finger bone is stretched or torn.

What happens if you don’t repair torn tendons?

Left untreated, injuries like partial tendon tears can become full ruptures that leave no connection between bones and muscle. Achilles tendon ruptures and ACL ruptures can disable your ability to put weight on your legs, bend or straighten your knees, stand on tiptoe, or walk with a normal heel-to-toe stride.

Do torn tendons show up on xray?

An X-ray won’t show subtle bone injuries, soft tissue injuries or inflammation. However, even if your doctor suspects a soft tissue injury like a tendon tear, an X-ray might be ordered to rule out a fracture.

Do tendons show up on xray?

X-rays do NOT show tendons, ligaments, nerves, cartilage or blood vessels. X-rays typically show bones and joints, and may, at times, show the absence of skin (e.g. infection).

What ruptured tendon feels like?

Although it’s possible to have no signs or symptoms with an Achilles tendon rupture, most people have: The feeling of having been kicked in the calf. Pain, possibly severe, and swelling near the heel. An inability to bend the foot downward or “push off” the injured leg when walking.

How do doctors check for torn ligaments?

Ultrasound. Using sound waves to visualize internal structures, ultrasound may be used to check for injuries in the ligaments, tendons and muscles of the knee.

Can a torn tendon be repaired?

The damaged or torn ends of the tendon are sewn together. If the tendon has been severely injured, a tendon graft may be needed. In this case, a piece of tendon from another part of the body or an artificial tendon is used. If needed, tendons are reattached to the surrounding tissue.

Can a doctor tell if you have torn a ligament?

One way to tell whether or not you have a ligament tear is by physical exam. The ligaments hold you knee joint together. Disruption of any of the ligaments can make this joint unstable. But an MRI is usually needed to evaluate which ligaments are torn and to what extend.

Is it worse to tear a ligament or a tendon?

Because tendons have better blood supply than ligaments, tendon injuries tend to heal faster than ligament injuries of comparable severity. Both ligament tears and tendon tears are serious conditions that can cause intense pain and irreversible impairment if left untreated.