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FINGER LIGAMENTS


WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW

The small joints of the hand and fingers are easily injured during sports, work, or even everyday activities. Ligament damage may be partial or complete. Even after a full dislocation, the main problem usually experienced is not an unstable joint. Stiffness is the main concern.

 

Dislocated Finger Joint

MEDICAL HISTORY

Patients usually can name the specific event that caused the injury, noting pain, swelling, stiffness and sometimes deformity immediately after. Patients often come to the office as late as several months following injury when these symptoms have failed to go away.

 

EXAMINATION

Visible swelling, loss of motion, and tenderness are usually present. The small joints are rarely unstable to testing under stress.

ADDITIONAL TESTS: Plain x-rays are taken to prove that there are no associated fractures.

TREATMENT OPTIONS

  NON-OPERATIVE SURGICAL OPEN REDUCTION
CONSISTS OF Brief splinting followed by early motion Short incision to put the dislocated joint back in place
FEATURES Daily exercises specifically concentrated on the affected joint Obstruction that prevented joint from being relocated to proper position must be removed from creating blockade
ADVANTAGES Minimizes long-term stiffness Achieves joint reduction
DISADVANTAGES Cannot reduce a locked dislocation Added stiffness

RECOVERY

Research on small joint injuries reports that patients experience visible enlargement of the joint, aching pain, and stiffness for more than a year after the original injury. Therapists instruct patients on specific motion exercises of the stiff joint that should be performed every hour. If a contracture has already set in, powerful splints that gradually stretch out the contracture may be prescribed. Athletes may need to take precautions during training for the first 6-8 weeks after injury. Nearly all other normal activities of life can be resumed almost immediately after injury despite the symptoms.
 
 
 
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  • Dr. Henry was very informative about the treatment and staff was pleasant. - 01/11/18
  • I am really happy with my experience. I always knew what was going on and over time got to know the staff based on how many times I've been here. Most importantly, I feel I got the right treatment for my injury. - 10/19/17
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  • MD was very thorough and spent a good amount of time with the patient (me). MD had good bedside manners which you do not see from a lot of doctors nowadays. He also made sure everything was understood and that I was given a chance to ask questions or address any concerns I had. Everyone was courteous and professional. Thank you for making mu visit a pleasant one. - 05/02/18
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  • Dr. Mark Henry is a true healer; the finest most competent doctor I've ever encountered. I am forever grateful to Dr. Henry and the entire staff for saving my finger and facilitating my complete recovery with grace and seriousness of intent. Thank you. - 01/10/18
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