The doctor will ask about your symptoms and health history. You will also be asked how the injury happened. A physical exam will be done. The finger will be checked.
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The fracture is treated based on the level of injury. Options are:
Initial care may be:
Ice to ease pain and swelling
Medicine to ease pain
Antibiotics to treat infection
A splint, brace, or cast to keep the finger in place as it heals
Exercises to help with motion and make the finger strong again
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.
Some fractures cause pieces of bone to come apart. These pieces will need to be put back into the right place. This may be done:
Without surgery—the pieces are moved back into place
With surgery—pins, screws, or plates may be used to connect the bones and hold them in place
Most fractures happen due to accidents. Healthy bones and muscles may help prevent injury. This may be done through diet and exercise.
To lower your chance of this type of fracture:
Avoid places where fights may happen.
Wear safety gear when doing sports.
Think about going to a therapist to cope with anger or outbursts.
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