What to Expect when Breaking a Finger in a Car Accident

When involved in a car accident, you may experience a broken finger or possibly even several broken fingers. This is particularly true if you had your hands positioned in such a way that your fingers are snapped back as your airbag inflates in response to your accident. 

If your finger is broke in a car accident, you will likely realize that it is broken pretty easily. Even if you do not see a deformity in your finger, you will likely experience sharp pain at the site of the injury. You may also notice welling and redness within 5 to 10 minutes of the injury taking place. You may be surprised to find that you can still move your finger, but it will likely become difficult to move as it becomes more swollen. The swelling may even move on to adjacent fingers, even if those fingers were not broken.

To immediately treat a broken finger, it is best to apply temporary splinting and ice to the area. The doctor will need to x-ray the finger to confirm whether or not it is broken and to determine the extent of the injury. The type of treatment used will depend upon the type of fracture you sustained. If the fracture is stable, the treatment may be as simple as splinting the finger and keeping it in place for several weeks. If it is more severe, surgery may be necessary. Surgical options may include pinning the bones with small wires or using screws or plats to keep the bones in place. If you have suffered a fractured finger from a car accident, contact Advanced Spine & Rehab to assist with the recovery process. We will help you work toward achieving your recovery goals.

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