Symptoms and Signs of Finger Injuries

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Medically Reviewed on 3/11/2019

Doctor's Notes on Finger Injuries

Finger injuries are trauma or damage to any of the structures within the fingers, including bones, ligaments, tendons, blood vessels, nails, nerves, soft tissues, or skin. Accidents, sports injuries, and repetitive motion or normal wear and tear are common causes of finger injuries. Finger injury can include strains, dislocations, and fractures of the bone.

The signs and symptoms of a finger injury depend on the severity and type of injury as well as the exact location of the damage. Common symptoms and signs can include mild to severe pain in the finger, redness, warmth, swelling, deformity of a finger or joint, and difficulty moving the fingers. Other associated signs and symptoms can include discoloration of the skin, pain or tenderness, bruising, and inability to perform tasks with the hand.

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