Whether you’re playing the piano or typing a text message, your fingers are an important part of your everyday life. That’s why the Hand and Microsurgery Associates team in Columbus, Ohio, pays special attention to this small yet crucial part of your body. Finger injuries can have a severe impact on your ability to lead a normal life, so to ensure that you can continue an active and productive lifestyle, contact Hand and Microsurgery Associates today.
Finger injuries are something everyone experiences at least once, because you use your hands in almost everything you do. Some of the common causes of finger injuries include knocks and blows, landing on your hands if you fall, jamming or squashing your fingers, and bending your fingers back too far.
Repetitive strain can cause finger injuries, too. For example, if your job involves spending many hours at a keyboard, or you use your hands for manual work, you are more prone to finger injuries. Sports injuries are also a common cause of damage to fingers. Wrist injuries can often affect your fingers, as the nerves and connective tissues that serve your fingers pass through your wrists.
Types of finger injury you might get include:
Two common finger injuries the Hand and Microsurgery Associates team sees quite often are:
Mallet finger is a common sports injury affecting the top joint of the finger. The tendon on the back of your finger comes away from the muscle it normally connects to, usually because of a jamming or crushing injury. The bone can also fracture.
Jersey finger is a tear in one of your hand’s flexor tendons. Your hand has four flexor tendons, one going to each finger. These tendons enable you to bend or curl your fingers over, so you can grip. Jersey finger affects the tip of the finger, where the tendon attaches to the last bone of your finger. It causes sudden pain and your finger might curl as the ruptured tendon retracts.
The treatment you require for finger injuries depends on the cause and severity of your condition. Fractures might require custom splinting to keep the digits immobilized. Severe injuries that you might get if your hand is crushed, like multiple fractures and extensive soft-tissue damage, might require reconstructive hand surgery.
The Hand and Microsurgery Associates specialists are experts in carrying out complex microvascular and microsurgical repair of finger injuries. They also perform advanced surgeries, such as finger and thumb reattachment or replantation. Your finger injury might require ligament repair or nerve repair surgery, too.
To learn more about the conditions Hand and Microsurgery Associates treats and the procedures they perform, call them today. You can also schedule a consultation to assess any finger injuries you have.