Generally, a fractured finger occurs as the result of an injury to the hand. You can fracture a finger when you shut your fingers in a door, when you break a fall with your hand, or when your finger is bent out of place when catching a ball. Carelessness when working with power tools and saws as well as other mechanical equipment can result in a fractured finger.
You will experience swelling, tenderness, and bruising of the fracture site. You will also be unable to move the injured finger completely. Your finger may also looked deformed.
Your surgeon will put your broken bone back into place, usually without an operation. You will need to wear a splint or cast to hold your finger straight and to protect it from further injury while the finger heals. Sometimes your surgeon may splint the fingers next to the fractured one to provide the additional support. Your surgeon will tell you how long to wear the splint, usually around 3 weeks. You may need x-rays over this time so that your surgeon can monitor the progress of your healing finger.
Depending on the severity of the fracture, you may need an operation realign the bones. Metalwork such as pins, screws or wire, will be used to hold your fractured bones together.
You may begin using your hand again as soon as your surgeon determines it is okay to move your finger. Doing simple exercises each day will help reduce stiffness and swelling. You may be need to see a hand physiotherapist to assist you with these exercises.