My WebMD Sign In, Sign Up

Ask Your Question

WebMD Answers

120 Characters remaining
120 Characters remaining
  • First, try and keep your question as short as possible.
  • Include specific words that will help us identify questions that may already have your answer.
  • If you don't find your answer, you can post your question to WebMD Experts and Contributors.


Posted: | Report This Report Question |

how to tell if you have fractured bone in hand?

I went to ER for x-rays after my hand was crushed in the rollers of an electric fence.  They said nothing was broken, my hand is swollen and bruised and the bone for my second finger in my hand hurts to touch and feels like there is a rubber band going from my second finger down into my hand, my knuckle also feels like its popping in and out when I bend my finger.  Was just wondering if maybe a fracture was missed and if I should ask for another x-ray?  this happend thurs 11-15-12.  3 days ago

Related Topics: Bruise, Fracture, Finger, Hand, X-ray

Answers From Experts & Organizations (1)

Primary Care
6,467 Answers
75,486 Helpful Votes

A crush injury can cause some considerable soft-tissue damage and that may not be evident on a plain x-ray, or even on an examination. Yes, fractures can be missed by the person reading them and the radiologist, so repeat x-rays are often ordered. However, if your injury was severe and you are having that array of symptoms, seeing an orthopedist or a hand-specialist may be a logical next step.

At has only been three days, so things may still settle down with cold compresses and anti-inflammatory medications, but there is nothing inappropriate in arranging an orthopedic consultation for next week.

This answer should not be considered medical advice...down arrowThis answer should not be considered medical advice and should not take the place of a doctor’s visit. Please see the bottom of the page for more information or visit our Terms and Conditions.up arrow

| Report This Report Answer

Was this helpful?


Thanks for your feedback.

19 of 30 found this helpful