How to tell if your finger is broken, sprained, or jammed

How to tell if your finger is broken, sprained, or jammedIf you broke your finger, it will be very swollen and painful. If you broke it badly, it may look deformed meaning that it looks twisted or bent strangely. A jammed finger is generally another way of saying a sprained finger. A sprained finger will still look straight and you should be able to take it through its full range of motion. With a broken finger, you may not be able to keep it straight, and may not be able to bend it fully. At...

How can you tell if you dislocated your elbow?

How can you tell if you dislocated your elbow?You can tell if you dislocated your elbow because it will normally be deformed, extremely painful, and you will be unable to move it. It can be harder to tell sometimes if a small child has dislocated their elbow, because they may have only dislocated part of it called the radial head. It is usually pretty obvious that something is seriously wrong when an adult dislocates their elbow. Elbow dislocations are a relatively uncommon injury that we see...

Can you still walk with a dislocated knee?

Can you still walk with a dislocated knee?You will hardly ever be able to walk with a dislocated knee. When a knee dislocates, it almost always causes significant structural damage. Many people confuse a knee dislocation with a kneecap dislocation, which you can walk on, although it will likely still be painful. True knee dislocations are rare, but at Easy Orthopedics in Colorado, we have seen them. Is a knee dislocation serious? A knee dislocation is very serious. When the shin bone...

Can you still walk with a dislocated hip?

Can you still walk with a dislocated hip?You will never be able to walk with a dislocated hip caused by a traumatic event. It takes a lot of energy to dislocate a hip (such as in a car crash), and it is extremely painful. You will not be able to stand up, or bear any weight at all on the affected hip. In fact, it is usually so painful that any movement at all will be excruciating. A native hip dislocation (meaning that there is no hip replacement present) is one of the few true emergencies in...

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