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Fracture in Finger

Closeup of x-ray film of a fractured finger

A fracture in a finger is a break in one or more of the bones in the hand. This type of injury can occur due to a variety of reasons, including falls, direct blows to the finger, and repetitive stress injuries.

Symptoms of a Fractured Finger

The symptoms of a fractured finger may include:

  1. Pain: Severe pain at the site of the injury is the most common symptom of a fractured finger.

  2. Swelling: The affected finger may become swollen and tender to the touch.

  3. Bruising: Bruising may occur around the site of the fracture.

  4. Deformity: In some cases, the affected finger may appear deformed or bent.

  5. Difficulty moving the affected finger: Pain and swelling may make it difficult for you to move the affected finger.

Diagnosis and Treatment of a Fractured Finger

Diagnosis of a fractured finger typically involves a physical examination, medical history review, and imaging tests, such as X-rays or MRI scans.

Treatment for a fractured finger may include:

  1. Cast or splint: In some cases, a cast or splint may be used to immobilize the affected finger and allow the bone to heal.

  2. Surgery: In some cases, surgery may be necessary to realign the bones or to stabilize the fracture with pins, plates, or screws.

  3. Physical therapy: Physical therapy may be recommended to help restore strength and mobility to the affected finger.

Recovering from a Fractured Finger

Recovering from a fractured finger can take several weeks or months, depending on the severity of the fracture and the treatment that is required. It is important to follow the recommendations of your healthcare provider, including wearing a cast or splint as directed and participating in physical therapy to help speed the healing process.

Living with a Fractured Finger

Living with a fractured finger can be challenging, but with proper care and management, most people are able to recover and regain full use of the affected finger. It is important to work closely with a healthcare provider to develop a treatment plan that is right for you and to follow through with the recommended treatment to help ensure a successful recovery.