Young boy sustained a rugby injury to the left index finger. His bone fractured and the fracture went through the growth plate. Angulation deformity of the finger can be seen on the Xrays. Under local anaesthesia, the finger was numbed and the fracture reduced in my rooms. A splint was applied for support for 2 weeks after which the finger was strapped to the adjacent middle finger for a further 4 weeks whilst encouraging movement.
The post correction Xrays show that many hand fractures can be treated with non surgical management. A period of immobilisation is however needed in order to allow the fracture to heal.