Finger Fractures

Finger Fractures

July 18, 2021

Paul Nielsen, MD

Orthopaedic Surgeon

What Are the Symptoms of a Finger Fracture?

  • Pain in the finger after an injury
  • Significant swelling in the finger
  • A bent or crooked finger
  • Decreased movement in the finger 

What Are Common Causes of Finger Fractures?

  • A direct blow to the finger
  • Falling onto your hand
  • Crush injuries and car wrecks

Are There Different Types of Breaks?

  • Location
    • Each finger has 3 separate bones that can be fractured
    • Some breaks are in the joint and can lead to arthritis
  • Open Fractures
    • The bone comes through the skin and is contaminated
    • Typically are fixed emergently to decrease risk of infection

How are Finger Fractures Treated?

  • Minimally displaced fractures can often be treated with immobilization then careful exercises
    • Splint, cast, or buddy straps depending on location
  • Displaced fractures are often treated with surgery 
    • The procedure is normally a same-day outpatient procedure
    • Depending on the fracture, it may be fixed with wires, screws, or a plate 

What Is Recovery Like After Surgery?

  • Range of motion usually starts within a week after surgery to avoid stiffness 
  • Full use of the hand typically requires 6 or more weeks
  • Some patients require hand therapy to regain movement and strength 

Concerned about a finger fracture or injury? Call 308-865-2570 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Nielsen today. Same day appointments typically available. No referral required.


About the Author

Paul Nielsen, MD is an orthopedic surgeon specializing in hand, elbow, and shoulder surgery at New West Sports Medicine & Orthopaedic Surgery in Kearney, NE.

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