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A Frequent Mishap

A broken finger happens to be theoutcome of more situations involving our hands and fingers than wewould want it to be. Very often, often without realizing, we strainour fingers too much and the result is this injury. Fortunately, thisis not a serious type of injury and is easily treatable. Theimportant thing is to act timely and immobilize the finger correctlyas well as to seek medical attention. Making sure you follow certainsteps, you will ensure your finger's proper and fast healing.

Treating a Broken Finger

In order to avoid complications lateron, the best thing after breaking a finger is to remove any rings orother type of jewelry you might have on it. Since, after breaking,one's finger tends to swell shortly after the injury itself, it isbest to have it removed beforehand. If the swelling had alreadycommenced prior to the ring removal, apply cold to the swelling inorder to reduce it and remove the obstructing piece of jewelry.

After the previous step comes thehighly necessary immobilization. Namely, the broken finger should notbe moved in order to avoid further bone damage to be done. Rather,you may use whatever you find near, adequate to be a splint. Forexample, you can take two ice cream sticks and place them on theopposite sides next to the broken finger. Further on, you may use anykind of wrapping material such as tapes in order to keep the sticksin place and provide the adequate immobilization. Along with thesplint, you may use a system similar to a sling for a broken arm.Since it is in your best interest to ensure proper resting and avoidany movements of the finger, you may benefit from a finger slingwhich will allow the finger to relax without forcing it to move.

A Few Additional Tips

In cases of inflammation or excessivepain, you may use some painkillers or anti-inflammatory medications.These may reduce the swelling, the inflammation and any kinds ofirritations you might feel. It is important to keep the fingerswelling as low as possible in order to make the finger easier to betreated later on. Since a visit to the doctor's it a must, considerit a step to be taken as soon as possible, right after you have takenall these necessary steps. After examining the finger andestablishing the adequate treatment based on its condition, it ishighly likely that the doctor will tell you to keep it immobilizedduring your recovery period. The healing process should not last morethan a couple of weeks. During this period you will need to changethe bandages and keep the finger clean, while taking medications ifnecessary. However, if the healing process seems to take more timethan predicted, or the pain becomes persistent followed by constantinflammation, make sure you contact your doctor immediately in orderto act timely and prevent any unwanted outcomes.

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