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First Aid Tip: How to Wrap a Broken Knuckle

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Some people let a broken knuckle heal on its own, but we urge you not to do that.

Getting treatment as soon as possible for a knuckle injury is essential to proper recovery. If you don’t get a broken knuckle treated professionally, your finger may never look or function the same as it did prior to the injury.

For that reason, knowing how to wrap a broken knuckle until you can get in to see a doctor can help the bone set properly, reduce the possibility of further injury, and minimize pain.

How to Wrap a Broken Knuckle

Before wrapping a broken knuckle, examine the injured area to make sure the finger is likely broken, yet not bleeding, burned, or extremely swollen. All of these would require additional or other forms of first aid treatment, including possibly a visit to the emergency room.

Signs of a broken knuckle include:

  • Pain that is typically instant and severe, although you still may be able to bend the knuckle
  • Increased pain when you try to move the finger
  • Swelling, which typically begins about 10 minutes after the initial injury, of the affected finger as well as possibly other fingers, the palm, or the back of the hand
  • Inability to move your hand or affected fingers
  • Bruising that may be visible right away
  • Numbness as swelling increases
  • Finger compression
  • Difficulty making a fist
  • A sunken knuckle, which is the clearest sign of a broken knuckle

A common do-it-yourself first aid treatment in this case is to “buddy wrap” the affected finger with the one beside it.

Cut enough tape to wrap around both fingers, and place a piece of tape between the first and second joints and another piece between the second and third joints. Do not place the tape on the knuckles, but try to use pieces of medical tape that are wide enough to cover significant areas between the joints.

The tape should be firmly secured but not so tight that it causes the fingers to swell or become numb.

Alternatively, you can purchase a finger splint from a local pharmacy or other general retailer.

Make an Appointment with a Hand Doctor Afterward

The above recommendations regarding how to wrap a broken knuckle are intended for general first aid. Our blogs are for informational purposes only and should not be considered medical advice.

After first aid treatment, it’s important to see Dr. Arora in West Bloomfield, Howell, Warren, or Macomb Township for proper treatment of the broken knuckle. Make an appointment to see the hand specialist through our website or by calling our office.

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Looking for a Hand Surgeon in Michigan? Here are a Few Tips that May Help

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As you are looking for a hand surgeon in Michigan, you may find yourself overwhelmed with questions. Knowing what to look for is the first step toward finding the best hand specialist in Michigan for you.

Following are a few factors you should look into as you are researching your options.

6 Factors to Consider When Searching for the Best Hand Surgeon in Michigan for You

  1. Review your options online.

You can find many hand doctors near you by completing a simple online search, but it’s important to then narrow down your options. Review each physician’s website as well as the reviews on sites like Facebook, Google, and Yelp.

  1. Ask for word-of-mouth referrals.

As noted by Invesp, 88% of consumers placed the highest level of trust in word-of-mouth recommendations from people they know. And there’s a reason for that. Word-of-mouth is genuine and real, and there’s no need to wonder about the integrity of the individuals who are providing the input. For that reason, one of the best ways to find the best hand surgeon in Michigan to treat your particular concern is to ask people you trust about doctors they may have seen in the past.

  1. Make sure the hand specialist can address your specific concerns.

As you are reviewing a physician’s website, make sure the doctor has experience in treating what you believe is your particular condition. For instance, if you are experiencing pain in your wrists and suspect it might be carpal tunnel syndrome, look for a hand surgeon in Michigan who has expertise in carpal tunnel syndrome treatment.

  1. Find a hand doctor who accepts your insurance.

Take some time to contact each potential hand doctor’s office and/or your insurance provider to find a doctor who accepts your insurance. If you need a referral to see a hand specialist, consider your primary care physician’s suggestions. Your primary care provider likely has plenty of knowledge regarding nearby hand surgeons’ expertise and patient care standards.

  1. Look for a hand specialist near you in southeast Michigan.

While distance is far from the most important factor in finding the best hand surgeon in Michigan for you, it’s still important. If you expect that you will need surgery, you will likely need someone to drive you to and from your appointment. You may have follow-up appointments as well. Most importantly, in some cases you will need physical therapy after your surgery, so finding a hand specialist near you is convenient.

  1. Research a specialist’s credentials to ensure he or she is qualified and experienced.

When you are trying to find a hand doctor, the physician’s level of experience matters. The more experience a physician has, the more likely he or she has identified what works and what doesn’t, and that means more optimal treatment for your hand, wrist, or elbow condition.

Schedule a Consultation with Dr. Arora

Once you have completed your search for the best hand surgeons in Michigan for you, we have no doubt that Dr. Avery Arora will appear at the top of your list. With offices in Oakland County, Macomb County, and Livingston County, Dr. Arora treats virtually any conditions of the hand, wrist, and elbow.

For diagnosis and treatment of your condition, schedule an appointment to see the doctor in Warren, West Bloomfield, Macomb Township, or Howell.

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Dr. Aroras office from my first call to schedule my appointment was friendly. Walking in the first day, I felt like I was in a nice atmosphere. Dr. Arora was EXCELLENT in taking great care of my hand injury. He was gentle and very understanding to the concerns I had about my hand. His expertise was admirable and I would recommend anyone with an injury to their hand to his office to be under his care. Because of him, I have healed faster than expected and will make an 100% recovery! Thank you Dr.

Jackie S.

I first thought I was going to have to have painful injections or surgery, but Dr. Arora suggested physical therapy may do the trick. I was doubtful, but I agreed to do it. Now, my pain is gone, and with the help of an ergonomic keyboard at work to keep my hands in the correct position, I am virtually pain free. The therapy strengthened my wrists and shoulders, and built more flexibility into my wrists.

Jerry T.

My experience with this doctor was positive from the outset. Dr. Arora was kind and spent a great deal of time with me. Staff was friendly. The office was nice and bright.

Ariel G.

Very friendly and helpful Great staff!!! Doctor Arora was very professional and did great work. I was very happy with everything!

L B.