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 to 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 the 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 called phalanges. A fracture can occur in any of the 3 bones, as well as 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 which uses 3D printing to make a custom waterproof plastic cast. This technology is exclusively offered 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 fro 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, there is risk involved 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 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 some examples of ways people break a finger. If you experience trauma to a finger and there is 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 have it examined to determine if immobilization or splinting is needed.
If you think you may have a broken middle finger, or any other finger, JOI can help. The Jacksonville Orthopedic Institute offers patients experience and care that are needed to heal properly from finger fractures.
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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