Doctor insights on: Broken finger cast or splint

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Why cast arm for broken finger?

Why cast arm for broken finger?

Fractures in fingers: May need additional wrsit support to fully immobilize that fracture. The tendons that move the finger originate in the forearm, above the wrist toward the elbow. Wrist motion can cause tendon motion and in turn finger motion. Much depends on the type, location, pattern, stability, direction of the fracture. It may seem like too much but there is often a good reason. ...Read more

Dr. Mark Galland
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Splint (Definition)

A splint can be any type of external protection device designed to shield a bone or joint from injury. It may be used prophylactically to prevent injury or protect an injured bone or ...Read more


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What kind of cast is used for a broken finger?

What kind of cast is used for a broken finger?

Splint, not cast: Finger fractures ate not casted but splinted with an aluminum splint. ...Read more

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How do I make my previous broken finger straight? I had a splint but it didn't do the job. Also, my finger still hurts a little. Its been 5 months.

How do I make my previous broken finger straight? I had a splint but it didn't do the job. Also, my finger still hurts a little. Its been 5 months.

See a hand surgeon: It really depends on what type of fracture you had and of what bone. Once that is evaluated, it may be possible for you to improve your range of motion with the help of a hand therapist. ...Read more

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Broken finger 2 weeks in splint no pain but now feeling pressure pain in 15-30 sec. Cycles of tightness & relief. Splint is tightening or norm healing?

Broken finger 2 weeks in splint no pain but now feeling pressure pain in 15-30 sec. Cycles of tightness & relief. Splint is tightening or norm healing?

Get checked: You should probably be checked just to make sure your splint is still fitting well and that your fracture has not become displaced. Thank you for your question. ...Read more

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How long do docs recommend I should I keep a splint on my broken finger?

How long do docs recommend I should I keep a splint on my broken finger?

Splinting or casting: In the proper position is the single most important ting to treat a hand fracture. Finger and hand joints get stiff quiclky if poorly positioned. The immobilzation must offer a secure afe position that allows healing to ccur without prolonging recovery. Typically this is for a nondisplaced or displaced fracture that can be held stable. For unfixable or unstalbe fractures internal fixaiton is adde. ...Read more

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Broken finger 2+ months ago. Ring finger at the tip. Splinted for 3 weeks. Still hurts to bend all the way or pinch with it. Should it still hurt? Why

Joknt: It does take some time to heal of course. However, an x-ray should demonstrate whether or not the fracture is healing, healed, or involves the joint. If its not healed or involves the joint it could still be painful. ...Read more

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If you fracture your pinkie finger do you still have to have a hand cast?

If you fracture your pinkie finger do you still have to have a hand cast?

Not necessarily: It depend what fracture you have and were the fracture located, some require hand cast some are not. ...Read more

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I have a broken 4th metacarpal. Is there any risks in using an ulnar gutter splint over a plaster cast so I can still use my other fingers?

I have a broken 4th metacarpal. Is there any risks in using an ulnar gutter splint over a plaster cast so I can still use my other fingers?

Not if it maintains-: The reduction if done or if no displacement. Also as long as Ur ortho watches it closely the first couple-3 wks. Also if alignment is good with no rotation at all & is a stable Fx. Also it on U not 2 abuse Ur hand & splint, treat it with care. The image shows unstable Fx' that need pins or pins & screws/plates ...Read more

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If I have an acute fracture in my index finger and a broken hand will I have a cast or splint?

If I have an acute fracture in my index finger and a broken hand will I have a cast or splint?

Depends what broken: It depends on what is broken., but you may need a cast from your description. It depends where the break is and what type of break you have ...Read more

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Is a splint better then a cast for a 5th Metacalful boxers fracture my hole hand 4 fingers and arm in half cast and want to use index and middle finga?

Is a splint better then a cast for a 5th Metacalful boxers fracture my hole hand 4 fingers and arm in half cast and want to use index and middle finga?

Varies: If you have a distal 5th metacarpal fracture, then some variant of a "clam digger" splint or cast is applied. This involves immobilizing the 4th and 5th finger, and flexing them down an bout 70-99 degrees. There is no benefit or need to immobilize the thumb, index, or middle finger. ...Read more

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How can a broken finger heal?

How can a broken finger heal?

Immobilize: In an uncomplicated finger fracture, healing only requires immobilizing the fingerr (with a finger splint) for 4-6 weeks. ...Read more

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How can you treat a broken finger?

How can you treat a broken finger?

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. ...Read more

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Can I have my broken finger reset?

Yes, multiple ways: Depending on the timing to present to a doctor, most fractures can be set by manipulation within 7-10 days. If longer than that time, or if inadequately reducible (set), surgery may be required to move interfering soft tissue and secure by casting, pinning, screws and possibly plates. The less severe or the more rigidly fixed, can be "moved" earlier, which may avoid stiffness later after healing. ...Read more

Dr. Raj Singh
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Cast (Definition)

Children's bones will usually heal and remodel themselves, if they are kept in the correct position. Immobilization casts are one effective way to do this, while also protecting ...Read more


Dr. Jeffrey Wint
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Finger Fracture (Definition)

A fracture is a break in the normal continuity of the cortex of the bone; it is described as a finger fracture when it involves the digits ...Read more