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Fractured Finger Overview

Another name for Fractured Finger is Finger Fracture.

What is a finger fracture?
A person with a finger fracture has broken one of the bones in the finger. Finger fractures account for about 10 percent of all fractures. Sports injuries are the most common cause of finger fractures.

What are the symptoms of a finger fracture?
Symptoms of a finger fracture include finger pain, finger deformity, finger swelling, finger tenderness, bruising, and inability to move the finger without severe pain.

How does the doctor treat a finger fracture?
Treatment for a finger fracture may include rest, elevation, cold compresses, narcotic pain medications, and realignment of the fracture site. The placement of a finger splint is required after realignment. Some of these injuries may require surgery.

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Last Updated: Feb 9, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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