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About Broken finger
A broken finger - or finger fracture - is an injury that occurs when one or more of the bones in a finger breaks. Four fingers contain three small bones, and the thumb has two. A break of one or more of these small bones is the most common sports-related injury diagnosed in the United States.
Common causes of a broken finger include:
- A sudden impact to the area (like a car accident)
- Slamming the finger in a door or drawer
- Breaking a fall with the hand
- Sports injuries (such as a fall, collision, or impact from a ball)
Severe pain is generally the most common and immediate symptom of a broken finger. After a few minutes, the pain of the impact and fracture will be followed by redness, bruising, and swelling. Depending on the location and severity of the fracture, the finger may appear to be out of alignment (dislocation). Eventually, it will be difficult to move or bend the finger at all. If you are able to move the finger, it will likely cause pain.
Athletes may be the most at-risk individuals for broken fingers. However, several health conditions can make you more susceptible to bone breaks. These include:
- Osteoporosis (weakened bones)
- Calcium deficiency
Even if the symptoms of a broken finger are mild, you should seek medical attention. Bones need to be placed into alignment to heal correctly. Whether or not the pain of a broken finger is manageable, you should seek care to properly treat the injury.
Below is a list of common treatment options for a broken finger. During your appointment, discuss these with your doctor to determine the right treatment plan for you.
Depending on the severity and location of the finger fracture, surgery may not be needed for treatment. If the fracture is stable, your doctor may tape the broken finger to a finger next to it, or place the broken finger in a splint to keep it straight. This immobilizes the broken finger while placing fractured bones in alignment to help it heal properly.
Unstable fractures require a splint to keep the bones in alignment and immobilize the finger.
For fractures that involve multiple bones, severely broken bones, tendon or ligament damage, or joint injury, your doctor may recommend surgery to properly treat the injury. Finger surgery usually requires placing small pieces of hardware (such as screws, pins, and wire) into the hand to promote healing and alignment. Recovery from finger surgery may take anywhere from several weeks to several months. Talk to your doctor about recovery methods, pain management, and the best strategies to avoid reinjury.