Finger Fracture
 
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Proper function of the fingers is dependent upon accurate alignment of the bones that comprise the fingers. Correct alignment allows one to grasp and manipulate small items with the hand. A fracture, usually a result of impact trauma, can result in improper alignment that could effect finger and hand function.

Symptoms include:
  • Swelling with pain and tenderness.
  • Deformity in severe fractures.
  • Limited range of motion.
Treatment:

Finger fractures can be treated with non-surgical and surgical procedures. Surgical intervention is typically not considered unless it is a complex fracture.

Non-surgical treatment
  • Taping one finger to another “buddy” taping limits movement of a stable fracture.
  • Splint to immobilize an unstable fracture.
  • Limited activity and cold therapy to control pain and swelling.
  • Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications (NSAIDs) such as Ibuprofen, Motrin, Naprosyn and Celebrex may be used to decrease pain.Be sure to talk to your doctor before starting these medications.
Surgical treatment
  • Surgery to insert pins or wires to stabilize an unstable fracture.
  • Open repair with screws and plates to stabilize a complicated fracture.


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