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What is a Finger Fracture?
Fractures to the finger or phalanges are commonly seen in sports. A finger fracture can be a very painful injury and you will often be able to self diagnose this injury due to a visual deformity of the phalanges. Broken fingers are often seen in
due to the constant use of the
in these sports.In most cases your doctor will be able to put these bones back in the proper position without the need for surgery so it is important to seek medical attention if you believe you have suffered from a fractured finger.
Medical Definition of a Finger Fracture
Finger fractures, also referred to as phalangeal fractures, are most commonly found in children. The most commonly seen finger fracture amongst children involves the physis of the little finger. Finger fractures also occur in the adult population, with the distal phalanx being the most commonly injured, followed by the proximal and middle phalanges. Approximately 20% of these fractures are intra-articular.
- Broken Finger
- Phalangeal Fracture
What are the symptoms of a Finger Fracture?
- Swelling and tenderness over the site of the fracture.
- Deformity of the finger.
- Decreased range of motion with the injured finger.
- Pain in the fingers when trying to manipulate them.
Treatment of a Finger Fracture
- Temporary immobilization in a splint or cast for 3 weeks.
- Do not immobilize longer than recommended, this may cause increased stiffness.
- Proper usage of
to help alleviate any pain.
Greene W.B. (Ed). (2001). Essentials of Musculoskeletal Care.Rosemont, IL: American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (255-258)
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