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Fracture of the Finger and Thumb

Although you might think a broken finger is a minor injury, without proper treatment it can result in major problems. Normally, the bones in the hand line up precisely, letting you perform specialized functions and fine motor activities. However, a finger fracture can put your whole hand out of alignment. Signs of a finger fracture (break) include swelling, tenderness, inability to move it completely, and deformity. Without proper treatment, a broken finger might become chronically painful and stiff. Seeking medical care swiftly can minimize the likelihood of the development of these problems.

The thumb is commonly fractured (broken), as the thumb is separate from the fingers and is therefore prone to injuries. To ensure the best outcome, these injuries are best seen early; they may require a cast, protective splint, or surgery for optimum healing.

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