Broken Finger Rehabilitation
Common Causes of Broken Fingers
The fingers are the most frequently broken or injured part of the hand, and one of the most frequently broken or injured parts of the body. A fractured finger occurs when one of the bones that comprise the finger break, and may be accompanied by sharp or dull pain, as well as bruising, swelling, and even numbness if the nerves become compressed as a result of swelling. Usually, there is difficulty and pain in attempting to move the finger, and their may be some deformity of the finger as the result of the fracture.
Some broken fingers are considered more stable than others, a distinction which is largely based on whether the broken portion remains in-situ – that is, in its original and proper location – or whether it is dislodged when broken, as well as whether or not a joint is involved.
Broken finger rehabilitation can be a tricky. Our fingers are used everyday for multiple fine and delicate movements. Treatment of a fractured finger must be handled carefully to maintain the same level of measured, coordinated movement necessary to complete such simple tasks as writing, typing, or tying a shoe. While evaluating a broken fracture, a doctor will also look for signs of joint involvement, usually with the aid of X-rays, to be sure the joint surfaces line up properly, and to determine that there are no irregularities on the surfaces of the affected joint. Your doctor will also determine if the fractured finger is in line with the other fingers, and look for any signs of rotation or shortening before recommending a course of broken finger rehabilitation.
A broken finger may also need to be repositioned or “reduced” if it is out of place as a result of the fracture. Usually the reduction is performed under a local anesthetic. In cases where the joint does not line up or the deformity cannot be reduced, surgery may be necessary to realign the finger so that it heals properly. In some instances, pins, screws, or plates may be used to aid in stabilizing the finger and holding it in position while the healing process occurs.