Friday, 18 July 2014

A Guide to Your Finger Injuries

An injury to a finger may sound like a simplistic discomfort but it needs the right attention, for it to recover timely, and painlessly. A finger generally gets injured during a sports activity or any type of accident that sprains or bends or twists the finger in a way that tears the ligaments or breaks the bone and gives it pain. A finger splint should not be ignored as even the smallest of injury needs to be taken care of in time, before it becomes a bigger problem.

What Steps to Follow After a Finger Injury:

  • Once you realize that you have hurt your finger badly the best way to handle is to go to your physiotherapist immediately.
  • She/he shall examine the injured finger and a small X-Ray will decipher the type of injury it is.
  • Thereafter on seeing the X-Ray She/he will be able to advice you on the type of finger splint it is, and suggest the right finger brace.
  • Do not ignore the advice of the physician and instantly go for the required finger brace for a quick recovery.

The Role of a Finger Brace:

  • A finger brace or a finger splint provides support to the injured finger.
  • It holds the finger in the correct position to immobilize the finger for protection and prevents it from further injuries.
  • The wearing of the finger brace also helps in quick recovery of the injured finger.
  • The foam padding that is part of the finger brace gives comfort to the patient and the right fit also allows air circulation to the injured part.

Types of Finger Splints

  • There are several types of finger splints depending upon the kind of twist or injury the finger went through during the accident.
  • A Curved finger splint is used when the finger has either been dislocated or fractured and needs an extension of the finger. It is very common for sports people to get this injury.
  • A finger protector splint can be bent to any degree for any kind of finger fracture. It is usually worn when there is any injury on the fingertip to protect it from further injuries.
  • A lot of finger gets injured when either closing the door or accidently hitting your own finger while using the hammer. For such injuries we need to give the finger the proper extension or hyper-extension. In injuries like this we need to wear a baseball finger splint that stabilizes the fractured tip of the finger.
  • When your finger gets bent accidently towards the opposite side instead of the normal forward bend, it needs a brace to correct the hyper-extension. Such injuries require a frog finger splint. The name frog finger splint is given to it because of the frog- like arms designed to wrap around the injured finger and give the required support to the splint.
  • When a fingertip is amputated in a serious injury it needs a finger cot splint.
  • A thumb splint holds the thumb in the right position while an injury is being healed and is wrapped around the wrist to prevent it from rotation. They come in handy for injuries like tissue injuries, thumb strains, and osteoarthritis.

How to Choose the Best Finger Splints

  • Examine the various available products that are being sold in the market before you make your purchase.
  • A good finger splint should hold your finger snugly without any discomfort.
  • It should fit your finger appropriately without disturbing the flow of the blood to the finger.
  • You should be wearing the right splint according to the nature of the injury.
  • The padding or the foam used should be of the best quality and hypo-allergic.
  • We recommend GPC Medical finger splints to give you the best finger splints available in the market.

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