Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Finger Fracture 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:

  • Deformity
  • 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:
  • Hand and finger x-rays

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Last Updated: Dec 13, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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