Among individuals of varying ages and activity levels, finger fractures are one of the most common orthopedic injuries. When one or more bones in the finger joint break or crack, it is considered to be a fracture. While a broken finger is typically the result of acute trauma, weak or brittle bones may also set the stage for a fracture to occur. When experiencing finger discomfort, patients often wonder: How do I know if I’ve fractured my finger? Let’s review fractured finger symptoms and signs which may indicate you should seek medical attention for a finger injury.
Fractured Finger Symptoms: How Do You Know When You Have a Fracture?
Finger fractures often result from a fall, a blow to the hand or an accident such as getting a finger caught in a door. No matter what causes a broken finger, fractured finger symptoms will most likely include some or all of the following:
- A popping or snapping noise at the time of injury
- Rapidly developing pain, swelling and/or bruising
- Pain & tenderness which are amplified when the area is touched
- Inability to bend the finger
- A change in finger shape
- Abnormal numbness, coldness or paleness in part of the finger
If you are experiencing broken finger symptoms, it is advisable to see a sports medicine physician promptly.
How Is a Broken Finger Treated?
In order to facilitate proper healing, your doctor may need to put a splint on your fractured finger – or straighten it if the broken bone is crooked. If your fracture is accompanied by an open wound, additional treatment may be required to manage bleeding and prevent the wound from getting infected. In some cases, surgery may be needed to reposition broken finger bones and resolve symptoms.
Ultimately, the right course of treatment will depend on the severity and location of the fracture. Your provider can diagnose these using advanced imaging technologies such as X-ray or MRI. With professional treatment, finger fractures generally heal within 3-5 weeks, although recovery time may be longer for patients who undergo surgery.
Berks County Trusts Dr. Soffer for World-Class Orthopedic Care
Whether you’re a young athlete or an active senior, you’ll want to seek treatment from a skilled, compassionate sports medicine physician to ensure you receive the very best care & get the best treatment outcome. As a board-certified orthopedic surgeon, Dr. Stephen Soffer specializes in both surgical and nonsurgical treatments for orthopedic injuries of all kinds, including finger fractures.
Drawing on years of experience and utilizing cutting-edge therapies, Dr. Soffer will help you heal so you can resume your normal lifestyle. To request an appointment, call our office at 610-375-4949.