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Broken Finger


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Comment from: Jacob21333, 25-34 Male (Patient) Published: May 27

I broke my left index finger 3 weeks ago playing basketball. I went to the emergency room the day it happened and all they did was put a splint on it. I still can’t bend the finger at all after 3 weeks of being in the splint. Wonder if this is normal or if my finger is healing wrong. I don't have insurance and really can't afford to go to an orthopedic doctor.

Comment from: Smiles, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: November 25

I fell and broke my pinky finger on my left hand. I’m a dental hygienist. I'm wondering since it's been over a month and three x-rays if it's okay for me to soak my hand in Epsom salt warm bath because there’s still a lot of inflammation and swelling.

Comment from: Kp, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: September 25

It's been nearly two weeks since I broke my left little finger and the bruising has only just began to go down, but the swelling doesn't seem to lessen. I had the operation 4 days after my fall and still in splint, but find it very difficult to exercise and bend the finger when it is still very swollen.

Comment from: Dommmo, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: September 16

While using a DeWalt drill attached to an extension pole my left-hand glove gripped the pole and twisted my hand till I created a spiral fracture. Later after x-rays my PIP (proximal interphalangeal) joint was badly displaced. I had surgery and horrible results, deformity and no motion on my third finger, nor will I regain motion again. Solution is not easy, orthopedic surgeons would rather not be involved with a re-do situation. Wish me luck, I am going for an evaluation. By the way, the original surgeon did not even mention alternative methods.

Comment from: BooRadley, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: April 15

I fell down and broke my left hand pinky finger. I went to a doctor where they x-rayed it then laughingly said, 'wow, never saw a break like that before!' The bone was split lengthwise! They put a small piece of tape on it saying that's all they could do for something like that. They laughed, I grimaced. The finger hurt then, and now, almost a year later, still hurts. Outside of amputation, I wonder what can be done for it and what I can do about those incompetent physician’s assistants that saw humor in a fractured finger!

Comment from: zoe, 25-34 (Patient) Published: November 05

I have to get my little finger re-broken if hand therapy doesn't work.

Comment from: Srishti s, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: October 09

There was a fight and my middle finger got a split. I went to doctor he did a temporary plaster but the condition is same.

Comment from: r_n_c_04, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: October 30

About 5 weeks ago I was playing basketball and I was about to catch it and someone came in front of me and hit my finger the wrong way. Then yesterday I was playing football and I caught the ball wrong and re-broke the same finger that was almost healed.

Comment from: Cdjranch , 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: October 29

I was getting out of a truck without using the running board, just hopped out; like I did a million times before. Of course it had rained, then snowed, and I fell on my left pinky. I didn’t go to the doctors until 2 days after. After an x-ray pinky was found to be broken and I was referred to a hand specialist. He said that this was a tricky hard break and will require surgery. I am set to go for surgery Monday October 29. Wish me luck!

Comment from: Doughnut, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: September 21

I walloped a spider with my son’s trainer and broke my finger! I have had my finger put in a splint and will require hand physiotherapy.

Comment from: Gigi, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: September 19

I was the hero of my story back in July 2018 when I was at a facility which I cannot name and a 5 year old boy slipped and fell face first into a tank of sharks. I ran over and pulled him out. In the process I got bit on my left hand and my metacarpal bone broke. My hand was in a cast for 2 months. It has healed but my pinky finger which they never treated is still in excruciating pain and I can't use it. I was told to keep doing exercises. They never x-rayed my pinky, just the hand.


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Comment from: JAK, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: April 30

I fell off my horse and fractured my distal phalange on my ring finger almost 2 weeks ago. I am currently in an aluminum splint but remove it twice a day to perform mobility exercises to prevent joint stiffness. I still have some numbness in my finger tip which I’m hoping will go away as the fracture heals.

Comment from: rob, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: January 05

I broke my index finger 2 months ago at work. I was thinking it was only a bruise but it never would heal and was always sensitive to touch. I was thinking I was hitting it and reinjuring it. I finally went to the doctor and it was a minor fracture in the farthest bone in my index finger. I am in a small aluminum cast to protect it and will see him again in three weeks. Hopefully it will not be irritated and will heal.

Comment from: Mohadeb , 19-24 Male (Patient) Published: September 16

One week ago, I was playing cricket, and that time I got an injury on my 1st finger. After that I feel pain but I am not sure if my finger was broken or not. Then I took medicine that was called Neso but after 1 week I still feel pain but not like the previous day.

Comment from: Craig head, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: September 11

Domestic violence caused my broken finger. The hospital gave no follow up instructions. I have a painful, disfigured finger. Late onset.

Comment from: BevHarperOldham, 45-54 Female (Caregiver) Published: August 22

I broke my finger reaching for a back pack top loop as I clutched my fingers around the top strap. Someone was also reaching for the backpack and grabbed the backpack away very aggressively and with a strong pull. As I tried letting go my middle finger rolled round and I heard some awful sounds. When my finger was released from the backpack, I was sure it was broken just from the sound. It immediately was painful, turning red, swelling and throbbing. I immediately put it in ice.

Comment from: Ouch, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: January 18

I went to orthopedic Urgent Care. Left pinky finger was dislocated and I had swelling and pain in both hands. Broke pinky finger was reset in proper position. X-rays confirmed fracture of pinky finger and metacarpal bones in both hands. Left ring and pinky fingers were splinted and bandaged for stability. Right ring and pinky fingers were splinted and hand was splinted and all wrapped and bandaged. I followed up 2 days later with hand surgeon. No surgery required.

Comment from: ElHombre55, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: January 20

Today I smacked the tip of my forefinger with a piece of wood. The skin opened considerably on the side of the finger, and there was quite a bruise immediately, and it swelled up a little. I washed it out with soap, which hurt. I applied antibiotic ointment, and put gauze and tape on it. I applied ice for twenty minutes. Since the pain is moderate now, and movement is free and almost painless, and swelling is moderate, I think no bones were broken and no serious damage occurred to tendons or ligaments. But there is some sensitivity to touch near the skin break. The gauze and tape keep the tip immobile relative to the rest of the finger.

Comment from: Playboy0512, 13-18 Male (Patient) Published: May 17

I broke and fractured my right thumb in two separate places playing rugby recently, and went to the hospital as soon as I could. The doctor put a temporary cast on, then after two days when I went back, he put a bigger one on. Just a few days ago, he put an even bigger one which covers my whole thumb, palm, and forearm, up to my elbow. This has made me extremely immobile and I can’t do the most trivial tasks like rolling my sleeves or straightening my collar. It is also very inconvenient because I had to take three exams with my cast on, and had to write with my left hand. Most of all, my thumb is constantly hurting because I wasn't given any painkillers to alleviate the pain.

Comment from: 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: April 07

I broke the metacarpal bone of my right baby finger by hitting a door. The break was close to the metacarpal/proximal phalanx bone. It has been several months since the break, actually just over 12 months, and I cannot bend my baby finger to make a fist. It doesn't seem to want to bend at that knuckle joint. The bone was not set properly and is off-set slightly from a vertical perspective, if that makes sense. A second surgeon suggested that ligaments may have become stuck to the bone and that is preventing the full movement. I am due to have surgery again in a few days to cut the ligaments free.

Comment from: cat, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: September 23

I injured my middle finger catching long pole. I felt pain immediately, but still had mobility in joint. Swelling was gradual over a couple hours, but then wouldn't go down even with ice and Tylenol. Naprosyn finally reduced swelling. Lingering pain and swelling led to getting x-ray three days after injury. Got results two and a half days later and they said non-displaced avulsion fracture of middle phalanx. Treatment so far has been light "day splint", Naprosyn, and ice.


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Comment from: Kicksdi , 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: January 30

A little over a year ago I fell and smashed my thumb and index finger. Now I have something under the skin on my index finger right at the first joint. It is painful and growing.

Comment from: Lynn faile, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: September 17

I thought my finger was badly jammed. It’s been a month and no better, so maybe it is broken.

Comment from: Kittyman, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: October 07

Tip of ring finger has avulsion fracture due to the dog pulling me with the leash in my hand.

Comment from: Chell, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: April 23

I shut my finger in the car door about a month and half ago. I went to the hospital and they checked it and said it was not broken. I still cannot bend the finger and it is still very painful when I catch it especially around the knuckle area.

Comment from: macdiane, 55-64 Male (Caregiver) Published: February 02

I slammed three of my fingers in a sliding door. The pain was off the scale. I took a pain pill and the pain stopped. My fingers are bruised rather badly.

Comment from: lindasuebob, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: November 14

I was setting a rat trap two months ago and my husband and I both set them off by mistake and we both got fingers snapped in them. His finger is fine and just got bruised. Mine mine is turning crooked, is very sore and has a huge bump on the first knuckle. I finally got it X-rayed yesterday. It is broken and has to be re-broken and set. Yikes!

Comment from: SHEBA, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: November 04

Simple enough, but I was picking up a tilted crockpot when the pot slipped. Instead of dropping the pot, I caught it with my hand. It hurt a lot and thought it would be okay later. As the night progressed, my lower hand expanded. I starting looking at the two different sizes of my baby finger. It was big time swollen. I can’t afford to go to the ER, even though I have insurance.

Comment from: Soora Padma, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: September 24

One of my fingertips was injured when I was trying to lift a concrete slab. I had surgery to repair it. Now, after about three months I have a pain sometimes. I can't properly turn inside that injured finger and also other four fingers.

Comment from: ratherBriding, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: December 09

I broke my left ring finger. I was walking out to the horses, and one yanked and pulled me through the other lead which had a knot at the end. It turns out I had a spiral fracture between the middle and bottom knuckle, plus I broke both of the knuckles. I was in a full cast four 4 weeks, then a splint for another 4. I did go back to occasional riding.

Comment from: annieskid, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: July 12

I accidentally slammed a heavy front door on my pointer finger. X-rays showed it was broken, so the ER put a splint on it. The doctor said I'd need to wear splint for four weeks, but papers he gave me said 1 week to 10 days. The good news is I can take the splint off to bathe.

Comment from: Male (Patient) Published: April 30

I broke my finger while wrestling my coach at practice in the beginning of the season, but my team really needed me and I didn't want to be a wuss so I didn’t get it checked out. It turns out that that's a very bad thing, because as I kept wrestling I kept re-breaking it. I finally got it x-rayed and it was in fact broken. The doctor said it was 80% healed already though, so it wouldn't be a problem now that wrestling was over.

Comment from: Angel, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: March 13

I had my right hand under the collar of my 190-lb great dane. We were at the park and she wanted to take off towards another dog. I had to hold her back. She jumped up and down forcefully. As she darted forward, my hand got caught under her collar she pulled me along, as I couldn't get my hand free. I fell face forward and had the wind knocked out of me as I hit my chest on the ground. My hand and fingers were throbbing with pain. They started swelling immediately. I waited to go to the doctor till the next morning. Put ice packs on my hand initially. My ring finger on the right hand was not just broken, but shattered badly. Plus I had a jammed knuckle on it too.

Comment from: BusyMum, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: February 29

I slammed my right index finger in the car door, hitting right below the first knuckle. The first X-ray revealed no fracture and it was just buddy strapped, but after a week with no improvement and a bony lump developing, I was told a second X-ray was needed. It turns out crush fractures (cracks and chips in the bone) often can't be seen in X-ray until later on. This is the most frustrating injury I've ever had - never realized how many things fingers are used for!

Comment from: McAwesome, 13-18 Female (Patient) Published: December 01

Yesterday I was playing basketball in gym. We were playing 'dribble tag'. Anyway someone went to tag me and I went to tag them at the same time and I tripped and jammed my left middle finger on the basketball. I was in pain and went to the nurse the next period. I came home and my finger was swelled and bruised. My dad kept saying I jammed it. I went to the doctor today and got x-rays and they said I had a very tiny fracture. I have been soaking it in ice water and taking Motrin but the swelling still won't go down!

Comment from: baby bear, 25-34 Male (Patient) Published: September 08

My middle finger is broken. I was told that I would need rods and pins! I was in a bus accident where a sudden stop made all of us fall back and unfortunately my hands landed in the wrong place.

Comment from: 25-34 Male (Patient) Published: June 15

I broke my little finger while playing rugby and I put ice on the injury as soon as I could. My knuckle is still swollen after two weeks, though.

Comment from: FineNow, 25-34 Male (Patient) Published: May 02

I had broken my right hand index finger in a bike accident some 1 and half month back. It had broken from the middle joint. After the X-ray, doctors told me that extensor tendon was broken and surgery would have to be performed. A doctor performed surgery and put stitches to hold it and then put a splint on it. He advised me to keep finger straight at all time so that stitches won't break.

Comment from: murelle, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: December 27

A car door was closed on my middle finger, causing it to break. No treatment.

Comment from: stillhurts, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: November 03

I broke my finger, hand bone and a wrist bone by falling off the side of a boat, parked in the driveway. My wedding rings caught on the cleat as I was coming down, wrenching my arm up and backwards behind me with my full weight suspended for a second and then I hit the ground. A ten-foot or so drop. Off I go to the ER. I had minimal bleeding with an ice pack on my hand. At the ER, they removed my rings by cutting them off. They were twisted sideways and turned outward and were embedded in my finger. I had horrid pain -- hot, stinging blow-torch type of pain. I got four stitches in my ring finger where the rings used to lay. They sent me home. Ten days later, the stitches come out, but I still massive swelling and it’s getting worse. I was sent home again. I went back to the ER for the third time the following week. I had new X-rays, three broken bones, and I find out tomorrow about having surgery for severed tendon, and nerve and tissue damage. Still hurts, still much swelling on the knuckles by the where the rings sat. I can’t bend the finger at all and it’s been a month.

Comment from: firebird211, 25-34 Male (Patient) Published: October 04

My left ring finger had been smashed by moving a heavy work out bench and the movable part of the seat allowed the whole contraption to slam down on my finger. Bruising and swelling took effect very quickly, and my fingernail also has a bruise showing through. The injury took place on the very tip of the ring finger just beyond the joint. Nothing is dislocated as the finger can still bend, just not as much due to swelling. I can recognize the pain as a fracture, but a splint is somewhat useless at this point. I can avoid impact on the finger better if it is not sticking out. I have been treating with ice, and hot water with epsom salt. Just like what had been mentioned in the article my finger is slightly numb. The injury really hit the nerve hard as my hand and other adjacent fingers had sharp pain, even up my arm. It's been two days now, general pain is minimal, the bruising is still evident, and the swelling is down compared to the first day. The fracture is still evident by the sharp pain that results from too much pressure applied to the finger that is nothing like the pain of a bruise.


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