Broken Finger Evaluation
Evaluation of a finger fracture begins with a history and physical examination. Hand injuries require checking for intact nerves and blood vessels.
Physical findings in someone with a finger fracture may include:
- Poor circulation to the fingers
- Inability to move the finger normally
- Severe bruising or swelling
- Severe pain with motion
- Severe, point tenderness over the finger joint
- Weakness or numbness
An injury that causes a finger fracture may also cause an injury to a fingernail.
X-rays are required to evaluate finger fractures.
Tests that may be used to evaluate a finger fracture include:
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