The Different Types of Broken Fingers
There are many types of broken fingers, from the mildest to the most severe. Each finger has its own set of symptoms and treatment requirements.
Mild Broken Fingers:
If a person experiences mild broken fingers, there may be minimal pain and no significant loss of function. Treatment typically involves rest, ice, and compression bandages. If the finger is too badly damaged to put in a splint or cast, a doctor may recommend wearing a hand sling for protection.
Moderate Broken Fingers:
In cases of moderate broken fingers, there is some pain and partial loss of function. Treatment usually includes rest, ice, and compression bandages as well as splinting if necessary. People with moderate broken fingers often require some type of closed- fist exercise regimen to regain full range of motion.
How to Fix a Broken Finger
When is it too late to fix a broken finger? If the injury was sustained inactivity, then there is a good chance that it can be fixed. However, if the fracture happened as a result of an accident or forceful movement, then surgery may be necessary.
Injuries that can be treated with rest and ice include: Fractures of the distal phalanx (the smallest finger bone), scaphoid fractures (a type of fracture involving the middle finger bone), and metacarpal fractures (fractures between the middle and ring fingers). If these injuries don’t require surgery but do need immobilization for at least six weeks, then a splint may suffice. If an injury does require surgery, then follow-up care includes wearing a cast or brace for four to six weeks, taking pain medication as prescribed, and using crutches until the patient is able to walk without assistance.
When Is It Too Late To Fix A Broken Finger
There is no definitive answer to this question as it depends on a variety of factors, including the severity of the injury and the patient’s underlying health. Generally speaking, however, surgery may not be necessary if the finger is only moderately broken or if it has been displaced less than 3 degrees from its original position. If, on the other hand, the fracture is more severe or if it has been displaced greater than 3 degrees from its original position, then surgery may be required in order to restore proper function.
In general terms, there are three types of fractures that can occur when fingers are broken: simple (Type I), compound (Type II), and complex (Type III). Simple fractures involve a break in one or more bones without any displacement of the bones themselves. Compound fractures involve at least one bone being broken but may also include damage to surrounding tissues and organs. Complex fractures involve multiple bones being fractured together along with significant displacement of those bones.
The most common type of fracture for fingers is simple; approximately two-thirds of all finger fractures are classified as such. The main reasons for this are that fingers are relatively weak compared to other body parts and that they often have a lot of movement – particularly when making gestures such as pointing or shaking hands. As a result, simple finger fractures usually heal well without requiring any form of treatment beyond observation by your doctor.
If your finger does require treatment though – either due to an ongoing injury or because it has already healed incorrectly – there are a few things you should keep in mind: First and foremost, make sure you see a doctor as soon as possible so that he or she can properly assess and treat your injury. Secondly, try not to move your fractured finger too much until after it has healed; doing so could further injure it unnecessarily. Finally, avoid using your injured hand altogether until it has completely healed; doing so will only aggravate the condition and increase your chances of developing additional injuries down the road.
It is never too late to fix a broken finger. If the finger is properly immobilized and you follow proper care instructions, there is a good chance that the finger can be fixed and returned to normal function. However, if the break is severe or if it occurs in an area that is particularly difficult to repair, then surgery may be necessary. In any case, treatment should start as soon as possible in order to maximize the chances of success.