Treatment is usually effective. You may have stiffness and a permanent bump on the hand. Talk with your doctor about the best treatment for you. Options include:
- Rest—A cast will likely be applied to give your finger time to heal. You will need to limit use of your hand.
- Ice—Apply ice or a cold pack to the finger for 15-20 minutes, four times a day. Do this for several days after the injury. Wrap the ice in a towel. Do not apply it directly to your skin. This will relieve swelling. If you have a cast, check with the doctor to see if he wants you to apply ice.
- Elevation—To relieve swelling and pain, prop your hand on a pillow when you are sitting or lying down.
Surgery or Procedures
If the bones are not aligned correctly, they may have to be moved for proper healing. Once the bones are in place, you will have to wear a splint or cast for about six weeks.
Your doctor may recommend:
Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) (eg,
Pain reliever (eg,
- Antibiotics to prevent infection (if you had an open fracture)
Your doctor may recommend range-of-motion and strengthening exercises once the fracture has healed. You may be referred to a physical therapist.