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A 37-year-old female asked:

My 12 year old son has one broken finger, and his doc put him in a cast up to his elbow. is this typical treatment for just a finger?

3 doctor answers6 doctors weighed in
Dr. Patrick Schaner
Surgery - Plastics 24 years experience
It depends: It depends on the type of fracture and where it is. Some fractures can be treated by simple buddy taping; others require more extensive splinting and even surgery.
Dr. Gary Pess
Hand Surgery 41 years experience
No: That is not typical for only a finger fracture.
Dr. Faryal Ghaffar
Pediatrics 31 years experience
Fracture: For a finger fracture usually a splint works or taping the fractured finger to adjacent finger. If one has an associated fracture of other hand bones or wrist etc may require additional cast.
Last updated May 13, 2015

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