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What are some of the signs of a broken finger?

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Dr. Robert Gluck
Hand Surgery 39 years experience
Injury signs: Signs of a broken finger are largely the signs of any injury and namely swelling, pain, redness, and warmth of the area. Depending on where and how it is broken there may be obvious deformity of the finger as well. There may also be some numbness because of associated nerve injury.
Dr. Otto Placik
Plastic Surgery 34 years experience
Pain & deformity: This can be associated with signs if deformity, dysfunctional grip or scissorimg of the fingers with open/close, pain, weakness, audible clicking, swelling, etc. An x-ray should be diagnostic. Occasionally an MRI is required for hairline fractures with no displacement.
Dr. Ajay Balaram
Orthopedic Surgery 15 years experience
Pain loss motion: There will be pain, swelling, decrease in finger motion and possibly a crooked deformity to the finger.
Dr. Jeffrey Wint
Hand Surgery 35 years experience
Pain, swelling, loss: Of motion, deviation, rotation, stiffness, throbbing, numbness, discoloration, tightness all can be symptoms of a finger fracture. If one suspects a fracture, then elevation, ice , splinting and urgent evaluation is needed as many seemingly simple fractures in the hand require a detailed understanding of what to do to optimize healing and return of function.

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What do you do for a broken finger?

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Dr. F. Thomas Kaplan
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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.
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What can they do for you if your finger is broken?

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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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