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Learn how to deal with medical situations appropriately with these Howcast videos, which cover everything from appendicitis symptoms to asthma attacks.
You Will Need
- Awareness of pain
- Awareness of swelling and lack of mobility
- Awareness of bruising
- Urgent care facility or emergency room
- Awareness of numbness (optional)
Try bending the injured finger
Try bending the injured finger immediately after the injury. A fractured finger is usually painful, although the pain may be dull.
Look for swelling and difficulty moving it
Note whether the hurt finger becomes swollen and red and is difficult to move shortly after the injury. This is a sign that the finger is broken.
Watch for bruising
Watch for bruising, which could signify severe fractures or jammed fingers.
Get medical care
Go to an urgent care facility or emergency room if you experience these symptoms and are in a lot of pain. The doctor will take an x-ray to evaluate the positions of any sprained or broken finger bones.