Broken Middle Finger
By Ehren Allen, PT/Certified Orthopedic Manual Therapist
How do you Treat a Broken Middle Finger?
A broken middle finger is treated like other fingers that are broken. The finger is typically immobilized for 4 to 6 weeks to allow for bone healing. There may be stiffness in the knuckles or joints of the finger once the immobilizer is removed. A broken finger is also called a fractured finger.
A break or fracture is a compromise in bone tissue. It can be as simple as a hairline fracture or as complicated as a comminuted fracture. There are 3 bones in the middle finger. The finger bones are phalanges. A fracture can occur in any of the 3 bones and the bones of the hand and wrist.
Will a Broken Finger Heal on its Own?
A broken finger may heal on its own if the fracture is very mild. However, it is difficult to determine the severity of a fracture from the outside. A splint or immobilizer may allow the bone to heal faster as it prevents excessive stress on the injured bone.
Another option is ActivArmor to immobilize a finger after a fracture. Activarmor is a new technology that uses 3D printing to make a custom waterproof plastic cast. This technology is exclusively available at the Jacksonville Orthopedic Institute in Northeast Florida.
How Long Does it take to Heal a Broken Finger?
A broken finger usually heals in 4 to 6 weeks. This time frame may vary from person to person. A mild fracture may heal quicker. A severe or complicated fracture may take more time. Proper immobilization may help to improve healing time.
What Happens if a Broken Finger Goes Untreated?
If a mild fracture goes untreated, it may heal fine with no issues. But, can be a risk with this approach. If there is deformity after a fracture, the deformity may become permanent without proper treatment.
Do I Need to go to the Doctor for a Broken Finger?
If there is increased swelling and pain after trauma to a finger that persists for a day or 2, it is best to see a physician to determine if there is a more severe injury. If there is an obvious deformity, then you should go to the doctor or emergency department immediately.
How do I know if I’ve Broken my Finger?
When you fracture a finger bone, there is usually pain and swelling. Most of the time, a fracture of the finger comes from trauma. Closing the finger in a door and jamming it during sports are examples of ways people break a finger. If you experience trauma to a finger, and there are pain and swelling, an X-ray is the best way to determine if there is a fracture. It is best to go to the doctor and examine if immobilization or splinting is needed.
If you think you may have a broken middle finger or any other finger, JOI can help.
JOI Physicians are currently offering ASAP fracture and injury care. This is a new option for patients who would like to avoid the emergency room if they have suffered a fracture or soft tissue injury. To learn more about this service, read this article about fracture and injury care. Make an appointment by calling (904)JOI-2000.
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