Non-operative Finger Fracture Treatment

Before proper healing can begin, the broken finger must be put back into place. In most cases, a cast or splint will be sufficient to hold the finger straight while protecting it from any further injury during the healing process. The neighboring fingers can be used as a splint as well. After about three weeks in a splint, X-rays may be needed to assess the healing progress. As soon as possible and with your physician’s approval, you should begin using your hand again. Your physician should be able to recommend some everyday exercises to help reduce the finger’s swelling and stiffness.

In addition, occasionally surgery is needed to realign the bone and maintain the position until the bone heals. Wires or small screws and plates are often used for this purpose.

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