Phalangeal Shaft Fracture
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- What has happened?
- What should I expect?
- What should I do?
- What should I not do?
- Will I be followed up?
- What if I have concerns/questions?
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