Injured Thumb Treatment
The treatment for finger injuries depends on the severity of the injury. Treatment for a finger injury may include rest, elevation, cold compresses, narcotic pain medications, splinting and realignment of a finger fracture. Some severe finger injuries, such as finger fractures, may require surgery.
Treatment for finger injuries may include:
- Wound irrigation
- Wound cleansing
- Wound repair
- Cold compresses
- Finger splint
- Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications for pain
- May help to support a very swollen hand
- Long term immobilization in a sling can lead to frozen shoulder.
- If you wear a shoulder sling for longer than two weeks make sure you perform shoulder range of motion exercises twice a day to avoid frozen shoulder.
- Narcotic pain medication:
- For moderate to severe pain
- For short term use only
- Reduction of the finger dislocation:
- Relocation of the misaligned bones
- Surgery for finger fracture
- Physical therapy for finger injury
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Injured Thumb Questions For Doctor
The following are some important questions to ask before and after the treatment of a finger injury.
Questions to ask before treatment:
- What are my treatment options?
- Is surgery an option for me?
- What are the risks associated with treatment?
- What are the complications I should watch for?
- How long will I be on medication?
- What are the potential side effects of my medication?
- Does my medication interact with nonprescription medicines or supplements?
- Should I take my medication with food?
Questions to ask after treatment:
- Are there any medications or supplements I should avoid?
- When can I resume my normal activities?
- When can I return to work?
- Do I need a special exercise program?
- Will I need physical therapy?
- Will I need occupational therapy?
- What else can I do to reduce my risk for having this injury again?
- How often will I need to see my doctor for checkups?
- What local support and other resources are available?
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