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How can you treat a broken finger?

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Dr. Robert Gluck
Hand Surgery 39 years experience
Depends on break: Very much depends on the details. At its most basic all fractures need to have the pieces in the right place (so-called reduction, if they are out of place) and then held in place (so-called fixation) reduction can mean anything from leaving the fracture as is to closed manipulation to open surgery. As to fixation this can be anything from a splint to cast to plating, pins and screws.
Dr. Barry Handler
Plastic Surgery 32 years experience
See a professional: If you think you broke your finger the smartest thing to do is get examined by a professional and probably have an x-ray taken. If it is broken and heals crooked it will have longlasting negative consequences.

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A 37-year-old member asked:

How should I treat my broken finger from a basketball game?

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Dr. Robert Coats II
Orthopedic Surgery 23 years experience
Ice, splint & x-ray: It all depends on the fracture displacement. Non-displaced fractures usually require immobilization only. Displaced fractures require treatment, either closed or open reduction. Fractures involving the articular (joint) surface require special attention. See a board certified orthopaedic hand surgeon for evaluation and treatment.
A 38-year-old member asked:

What do you do for a broken finger?

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Dr. F. Thomas Kaplan
Hand Surgery 25 years experience
See hand surgeon: Many finger fractures are successfully treated with splints or casts. Some are more complicated and best treated with surgery. It is best to see a hand surgeon early to ensure correct diagnosis and optimal treatment plan.
A 48-year-old member asked:

What can they do for you if your finger is broken?

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Dr. Pavel Conovalciuc
Family Medicine 23 years experience
Splint: It depends on the structures involvement (i.e. Joint). Uncomplicated ones are treated by applying a finger splint or buddy taping. Complex ones are treated by orthopedic specialists and may require surgery or other more complicated modalities.

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