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Fingertip Injuries Hand Therapy
“Working with a knowledgeable hand therapist can make the difference between success and failure in complex hand surgical cases. The therapist extends the continuum of our care, as well as functioning as coach and trainer for our patients.”
Marybeth Ezaki, MD, Past President, American Society for Surgery of the Hand
In Phoenix Rehab, our senior hand therapists are experienced licensed and dedicated therapists (physiotherapists and/or occupational therapists) who specialized ONLY in the rehabilitation, treatment and management of painful fingers, hands, wrists, forearm & elbow conditions, because of interest, passion and expertise.
Fingertip injuries occur to the tips of the fingers or thumb.
They are tend to be common injuries and the severity can range from minor cuts to major damage to bone and surrounding soft tissue.
Fingertip injuries include
- the end joint of the finger
- the finger pad and
- the nail
They can be
- a fracture (broken bone)
- a laceration (cut)
- an amputation and damage to the nail
Injuries can also happen to blood vessels, nerves and tendons that lie just under the skin.
What causes a fingertip injury?
Injuries to the fingertips are common in accidents at
- work and
- during sports
The tips of the longer fingers tend to be injured more often because they are the last to escape from harm’s way.
Injuries can happen when
- a fingertip is closed in a car door
- while chopping vegetables or slicing meat or sushi
- when removing grass from a lawnmower
- when a baseball hits the tip of a finger
- accidentally slamming fingers against a hard surface
What are the symptoms of a fingertip injury?
A fingertip injury showing damage to the nail
Fingertip injuries can cause
- bruising and
There may also be decreased feeling and a change to the shape of the finger. Some fingertip injuries may develop an infection.
Due to nerve endings on the tip of the finger, these injuries may be painful and sensitive when touched.
What is the treatment for a fingertip injury?
A doctor should examine an injury to the tip of a finger or thumb.
Treatment depends on the type and severity of the injury. Without proper care, a fingertip injury can result in permanent deformity and disability. Some injuries require surgery, and some require wound care and a finger orthosis to protect the healing tip.
What can a hand therapist do for me?
A hand therapist is very important in the recovery after a fingertip injury.
Our senior hand therapist may make a fingertip orthosis to prevent the tip from being hit while it is healing. Additional treatment includes wound care and exercises to regain motion and improve sensation, strength and use of the finger.
Example of a fingertip orthosis made by a hand therapist
Patients may also receive the following hand therapy treatment modalities:
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