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Dr. Jeffrey Wint
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Finger Fracture (Overview)

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 of the upper extremity.


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How long does a finger fracture need to heal?

How long does a finger fracture need to heal?

4-8 weeks: 4-6 weeks, depending on which bone in the finger is fractured and the severity of the fracture. Simple fractures will heal in about 4 weeks, at which point, casting is stopped. However, it usually takes 8 weeks for a bone to be as strong as it as before the injury, so activity is sometimes still limited until after that time. ...Read more

Dr. Jeffrey Wint
165 Doctors shared insights

Finger Fracture (Overview)

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 of the upper extremity.


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What are the symptoms associated with finger fracture?

What are the symptoms associated with finger fracture?

Finger fracture: Finger fractures usually will present with localized swelling. There will also be tenderness at the fracture site. If the fracture is displaced there may be gross deformity of the finger. Some fractures at the distal portion of the finger may be a small avulsion and the presentation is a mallet finger. The distal finger joint will be flexed and the person is unable to straighten it. ...Read more

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Treating Finger Warts (Checklist)

First verify the type of wart you have before deciding on treatment
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If you know it's a wart, use over-the-counter products as labelled
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If over-the-counter treatments don't work, see a dermatologist
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What are the tests for finger fracture?

Exam + X-rays.: That's pretty much it. But make sure you follow up with an orthopedist, because it may need splinting initially, and there can be improper healing, affecting hand function that needs to then be either prevented or treated. ...Read more

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Treating a Spinal Fracture (Checklist)

Rest
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Use NSAIDs to decrease inflammation
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Use pain medications on an as-needed basis
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Consider an MRI to evaluate fracture
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How would you treat a spiral finger fracture? I read this phrase as part of another q/a -- "a leash or rope injury with torque or rotatory force on a finger will cause a spiral fracture of a metacarpal. A fracture of a phalanx." this is exactly what happ

How would you treat a spiral finger fracture? I read this phrase as part of another q/a -- "a leash or rope injury with torque or rotatory force on a finger will cause a spiral fracture of a metacarpal. A fracture of a phalanx." this is exactly what happ

If: If this has just happened (like in the last week) you should see a hand surgeon. If your finger already twists when you bend it, it will heal in this position unless reduced. Spiral fractures can often be treated with wires (temporary) after reduction or sometimes with plates and/or screws.

See a hand surgeon. ...Read more

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What is the treatment for finger fracture?

What is the treatment for finger fracture?

Usually immobilize: Often needs splinting with finger next to it, or a finger brace (cushion-lined flexible aluminum brace). Hat's pretty much it. But make sure you follow up with an orthoimproperly, prevent improper healing, affecting hand function that needs to then be treated further, including physical and occupational therapy. ...Read more

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How do I deal with a finger fracture?

How do I deal with a finger fracture?

See below: These symptoms can only be adequately diagnosed only after a thorough evaluation by your doctor. This may include labs and other satudies. Once all of the information is in, your doctor can let you know what's going on, and what to do to help you. ...Read more

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What are the tests for finger fracture?

Exam + X-rays.: That's pretty much it. But make sure you follow up with an orthopedist, because it may need splinting initially, and there can be improper healing, affecting hand function that needs to then be either prevented or treated. ...Read more

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What sort of disorder is a finger fracture?

What sort of disorder is a finger fracture?

Bone fracture: I am not sure what you mean but it is most commonly a traumatic injury. Occaionally it can be due to bone disease from tumor. ...Read more

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How long does a finger fracture need to heal?

4-8 weeks: 4-6 weeks, depending on which bone in the finger is fractured and the severity of the fracture. Simple fractures will heal in about 4 weeks, at which point, casting is stopped. However, it usually takes 8 weeks for a bone to be as strong as it as before the injury, so activity is sometimes still limited until after that time. ...Read more

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How long does a finger fracture take to heal?

How long does a finger fracture take to heal?

6-10 weeks: Most fractures heal in 6-10 weeks. This can be considerably longer for smokers, diabetics and for comminuted fractures or fractures with soft tissue injuries. ...Read more

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Finger fracture recovery time? 3 weeks? 6 weeks?

Finger fracture recovery time? 3 weeks? 6 weeks?

3-6 weeks 4 healing: Finger fractures will usually heal in 3-6 weeks, but are stiff after immobilization. Therapy is often needed to restore range of motion and function. ...Read more

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Can I work after finger fracture repaired with pin?

Depends: It depends on what kind of work you do. Keyboarding and office work is usually ok. If you do a lot of heavy lifting or forceful activity with your fractured hand, you will usually have to wait until the pins are removed. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms associated with finger fracture?

Finger fracture: Finger fractures usually will present with localized swelling. There will also be tenderness at the fracture site. If the fracture is displaced there may be gross deformity of the finger. Some fractures at the distal portion of the finger may be a small avulsion and the presentation is a mallet finger. The distal finger joint will be flexed and the person is unable to straighten it. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: Finger fracture?

What is the definition or description of: Finger fracture?

Break: 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 of the upper extremity. ...Read more

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Weeks after finger fracture: how soon can you practice piano?

RIght away if healed: If your fracture has healed, start playing! (usually it takes about 4-8 weeks to heal a fracture.). ...Read more

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Does finger fracture lead to difficulty typing?

Absolutely!: Once the fracture has healed and depending on the locaiton of the fracture and whether the joint and or the tendons were involved, one can have difficulty ty[lkadkfa; ;'n'dfalkfnd' a. ...Read more

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What is the recovery time for finger fracture surgery?

Quick: Hey fracture of this type should heal within 6 to 8 weeks. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: open repair of finger fracture?

Open fracture repair: Fractures can be treated closed (without an incision) or open (with a formal incision at surgery). There are pluses and minuses of each and the path taken depends on the location of the fracture, displaced or nondisplaced, type of fracture, and surgeon preference. ...Read more

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What is the treatment for finger fracture?

Usually immobilize: Often needs splinting with finger next to it, or a finger brace (cushion-lined flexible aluminum brace). Hat's pretty much it. But make sure you follow up with an orthoimproperly, prevent improper healing, affecting hand function that needs to then be treated further, including physical and occupational therapy. ...Read more

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Finger fracture or sprain. How can I tell?

Get an xray: Xrays are really the only way to tell for sure. See your local orthopaedics surgeon. ...Read more

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How can I speed up a finger fracture healing?

How can I speed up a finger fracture healing?

Tincture of time: Good bone health requires both calcium and vitamin d supplementation, and I would start with 1200 mg of calcium per day. Calcium citrate is somewhat better absorbed, but more expensive than calcium carbonate. Vitamin d 600 units daily as well. There are experimental studies with using electrical fields to promote bone healing, and you could talk with your local orthopedist. ...Read more

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What type of upper body weight exercise can I do after finger fracture?

What type of upper body weight exercise can I do after finger fracture?

Depends: If you are still healing your fracture, it will be difficult to do upper body strengthening. You can wear weighted wrist bands and do some strengthening that way. However, free weights that require gripping are usually not possible. Nautilus-type machines where you can rest the bars on your wrist may also be possible. Once your fracture has healed, you can resume your normal lifting activities. ...Read more

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I had closed reduction with pinning of a finger fracture. Would it be painful if the pins were knocked out?

It couldd be if it: We're knocked out and it cod have a bad effect on the treatment of the fracture if it came out too early, however removal in the office at the proper time is usually easy and not painful. ...Read more

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How long till ican use my hand normally after finger fracture?

How long till ican use my hand normally after finger fracture?

4-8 weeks: It takes 4-8 weeks for finger fractures to heal. Once they have healed, your fingers will likely be stiff. You should be guided in some finger exercises by your doctor or therapist to get your hand moving normally again. If you are properly instructed on the exercises and you do them diligently, you should be back to using your hand normally relatively quickly. ...Read more

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How long should I wait to use my hand normally after finger fracture?

How long should I wait to use my hand normally after finger fracture?

It takes about 6wks: Fractures take about 6 weeks to heal. During this time, the finger is likely to be immobilized. Once the immobilization is completed, range of motion exercises are initiated. Once the fracture is healed, you should be able to use it with minimal discomfort. See a board certified orthopaedic hand surgeon for evaluation and treatment. ...Read more

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Where can I find work that involves only one hand after I had a finger fracture repaired with a pin?

Consult emplyment of: Consult the yellow pages
and see what job offerings are outhere, they are many things that can be done with one hand. Consult employment offices that have descriptions of jobs avasilable. ...Read more

Dr. Julie Abbott
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Fracture (Definition)

A fracture is a broken bone. As there is cartilage at the end of many bones at the joint, a fracture may also include a break in the cartilage. Fractures and broken bones are the same thing. It seems that many believe that a "fracture" is a lesser injury or an incomplete break in the bone, but this is not correct. Fractures may be displaced or ...Read more


Dr. Jeffrey Wint
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Broken Bone (Definition)

Is it broken or fractured is a question I am often asked. The answer is basically that a broken or fractured bone is the same thing. A fracture means a break in the cortex or the strong layer of outer bone cells. In an adult the average time for that to heal varies greatly but is often considered to ...Read more