Phalangeal Shaft Fracture | Te Whatu Ora | Health New Zealand | Hauora a Toi Bay of Plenty

Phalangeal Shaft Fracture

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What has happened?

  • You have broken one of the bones in your finger
  • These are common injuries and usually heal very well without any further treatment

What should I expect?

  • Your finger will be swollen and bruised
  • It may be difficult for you to move this finger at the time of injury
  • Your finger may be placed into a special splint to wear
  • Return to work and sport depends on their demands, but is possible once there is evidence of healing on the x-ray and the pain has improved. This can take 6-8 weeks or longer

What should I do?

  • Wear your splint at all times for about 3 weeks
  • Initially after removing the splint, your finger may feel sore, but it is important to get the finger moving to prevent stiffness

What should I not do?

  • Avoid activity that could further injure your finger, such as heavy lifting
  • Try to reduce or stop smoking as this may delay bone healing

Will I be followed up?

  • Yes, a follow-up appointment in the Orthopaedic Clinic will be requested when you leave the Emergency Department (ED) and you will be contacted about a date and time

What if I have concerns/questions?

  • If your injury is not settling or you have other concerns, you should see your GP first - take your ACC form/number with you