by Cynthia M. Johnson, MA
A finger fracture is a break in any of the bones in a finger.
This injury is caused by trauma from:
Playing contact sports may raise your chance of this injury.
Symptoms may be:
The doctor will ask about your symptoms and health history. You will be asked how the injury happened. A physical exam will be done, focusing on your finger.
Images will be taken of your finger. This can be done with x-rays.
How it is treated depends on whether the injury is mild or severe. Options may be:
Initial care may be:
Children's bones have growth plates that let bones grow and harden with age. A child with this type of fracture will need to be checked over time to make sure the bone heals the right way and keeps growing.
Putting Bones Back In Place
Some fractures cause pieces of bone to come apart. These pieces will need to be put back into place. This may be done:
This injury is due to an accident. It cannot be prevented.
American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine
Ortho Info—American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
Canadian Orthopaedic Association
Canadian Orthopaedic Foundation
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Last reviewed September 2019 by EBSCO Medical Review Board Warren A. Bodine, DO, CAQSM
Last Updated: 8/21/2020