What Should I Do If I Think I Have A Broken Finger?
Of the many conditions hand doctors treat on a daily basis, broken fingers are one of the most common. Whether the result of a sports injury or an accident on the job, any sharp blow to the hand could potentially lead to a broken finger.
In this article, board certified Macomb County hand doctor Uzma Rehman discusses how to tell if you have a broken finger, and what you should do in such a situation.
What Are the Signs of a Broken Finger?
There are a great many bones within the human hand. The three small bones that make up our fingers are called phalanges. While phalanges are relatively durable, their small size makes them prone to breakage. Put simply, a broken phalange means a broken finger.
The first symptom of a broken finger is usually immediate pain, followed by bruising and swelling. It is also difficult to move a broken finger, particularly if the bone is displaced or the joint is dislocated. Both scenarios can cause the broken finger to appear deformed. If nerve damage has occurred, the broken finger may also experience feelings of tingling or numbness.
When a broken finger is not treated immediately, the patient is at risk for serious infection, as well as their bone healing out of alignment. To the untrained eye, it can be difficult to tell the difference between a broken finger and a finger that has simply been sprained or seriously strained (particularly true of children). If you suspect you have a broken finger, the best course of action is to visit a specialist -like Macomb County board certified hand surgeon Dr. Rehman – for an X-ray.
How Do Hand Doctors Treat Broken Fingers?
After making a diagnosis a broken finger is usually treated by using a cast or splint to immobilize the injured area, allowing it to realign over the course of the next several weeks. However, if a broken finger has sustained breakage in more than one locations – or is just very severe – the injury may require surgery.
To reduce swelling, Macomb County hand doctor Uzma Rehman may also advise the patient to keep the hand with the broken finger elevated above the heart. To ease the pain, patients may also ice their broken finger in 20 minute intervals for up to 4 times a day. Pain and swelling may also be reduced with over the counter and/or prescription anti-inflammatory medications.
After removing the splint or cast and the phalange of the broken finger has healed, the patient may still experience some stiffness or immobility. Dr. Rehman and her expert team of hand therapists will carefully assemble a treatment plan for every patient that includes exercises designed to regain the finger’s full range of motion and strength.
For the quickest recovery time possible, broken finger patients should faithfully perform their physical therapy exercises with the proper alignment. This will not only heal the broken finger more rapidly, it will ensure their hand regains their full range of motion.
Broken Finger Doctor – Macomb County
Like virtually all other hand injuries, a broken finger can impede everything we do. And without the treatment from a specialist (like Macomb County hand doctor Uzma Rehman), a broken finger can result in long-term effects, such as permanent immobility and disfigurement. In more extreme cases, an untreated broken finger may eventually need to be removed. Fortunately, in the care of a specialized hand doctor like Dr. Rehman, most broken fingers heal extremely well.
If you are in the Macomb County area and suspect you have a broken finger, contact Dr. Rehman today for a consultation. Doctor Rehman will assess your individual injury, and prescribe the treatments that are best for your condition.