Your question: Should you go to the emergency room for a broken finger?

After injury, if pain or swelling limits the motion or use of the fingers, or if the finger becomes numb, seek medical care. If the injury to the finger includes a laceration, crushed tissue, or exposure of bone, the individual should go to an emergency department for immediate medical care.

Can Urgent Care treat broken finger?

Normally, broken bones of the hand, wrist, ankle, or foot may be treated at the local urgent care center. On the other hand, the severity of the injury even though they are only located on the limbs might warrant a trip to the emergency room.

Can a broken finger be serious?

When left untreated, broken and dislocated fingers can cause serious problems in the long term, including permanent loss of movement and sensation.

What should I do if I think I’ve broken my finger?

Treatments for a broken finger or thumb

  1. try to straighten your finger – they’ll give you an injection of local anaesthetic to numb the pain.
  2. put your finger in a splint or cast, or strap it to another finger to keep it in position.
  3. give you a tetanus injection or antibiotics if there’s a cut to prevent infection.

Should you sleep with a finger splint on?

Always wear the splint full time when you sleep. When we sleep, all of us naturally curl up our fingers without realizing it. In fact, after the initial 6-week healing period, you will need to sleep in the splint for another 2 months.

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How long does a fractured finger tip take to heal?

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.

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