Finger Injuries

  • Ligament and tendon injuries can be subtle and require high clinical suspicion and thorough exam
  • As with other orthopedic injuries, open injuries require emergency repair
  • Examination of the affected finger may be limited by pain. Consider regional anesthesia to ensure a thorough examination or, empirically treat
  • Appropriate ED management focuses on immobilization and timely orthopedic follow up – know which injuries require early consultation

 

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