A fractured finger is also known as a broken finger. Fingers are easy to break and injure in both sporting and every day activities though damaging your finger can cause a significant disruption in your life and small tasks such as cooking, dressing and cleaning can become difficult.

What is a fractured finger?

A fractured finger is a finger that has been broken.

What causes a fractured finger?

A fractured finger frequently occurs due to contact sports such as netball or basketball when the finger is forcefully bent in the wrong direction (such as a sideways force or hyperextension). A broken finger can also result from a person falling onto the hand and from a collision with another person.

What are the symptoms of a fractured finger?

The symptoms of a fractured finger include an intense sharp pain when the injury occurs at the site of injury along with

  • Swelling
  • Weakness
  • Bruising
  • A visible lump

How is a fractured finger diagnosed?

If you think you have fractured your finger you should seek medical care. A physiotherapist or doctor can carry out a complete subjective and objective examination to determine if you have fractured your finger. An X-ray can confirm if you have fractured your finger.

What treatment can Farrell Physiotherapy offer for a fractured finger?

Treating a broken finger normally requires immobilisation in a splint for a few weeks which allows the bone to heal. If one finger is significantly out of place it may have to be ‘reduced’ and put back in the right position. Surgery may be necessary in more serious cases where the bone is in several fragments and needs re-aligning.

Whilst the finger is immobile it can become stiff and weak and physiotherapy will be required to rehabilitate the joint back to its pre-accident state.

Following splinting or surgery, your physiotherapist will carry out a thorough assessment to determine what your main problems are and an individual treatment plan can be created. There are a wide range of treatment options following a fractured finger and your physiotherapist will choose the most appropriate treatment options based on your symptoms and your response to different treatment options.

Treatment can include:

  • Passive stretches
  • Advice regarding activity modification
  • Ice therapy
  • Ultrasound therapy
  • Joint mobilisations
  • Passive range of movement exercises
  • Active-assisted and active range of movement exercises
  • Graded exercise programme to return to function

Benefit of physiotherapy for a fractured finger?

Physiotherapy is important after a fractured finger to help you make a rapid recovery and restore your movement to how it was pre-injury. There are several benefits of physiotherapy for a fractured finger and the particular benefits you feel will be based on your symptoms and goals.

  • Decrease pain
  • Decrease swelling
  • Decrease tightness of muscles
  • Prevent re-injury
  • Strengthen muscles

If you would like to book an assessment or enquire further, please call 01245 615 051 or e-mail: infofarrellphysiotherapy@gmail.com.