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Forum Name: Bone trauma and fractures

Question: broken finger

 qwe123 - Tue Jun 21, 2005 9:18 pm

I caught my finger in a van door 2 days ago. Bruising has occured all around the finger (middle finger) above the most distal joint. Swelling has also occured. I'm unsure if the finger is broken or not but I have been splinting it (more so I don't bump it on anything). When should the swelling go down? Should taking an Nsaid make the swelling lessen ?
 Theresa Jones, RN - Wed Jun 22, 2005 5:15 am

User avatar Hi qwe123,
You really should consider having your finger evaluated and xrayed. It takes several days for swelling to decrease and yes NSAID's would certainly be helpful as well as applying ice. Do not however apply the ice without covering the skin (put an ice pack in a pillow case) and apply to the area for 15-20 minute intervals several times a day.
 qwe123 - Sun Jun 26, 2005 9:32 am

Thank you for the information! The swelling has greatly decreased since my posting.


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