Non-operative Hand Fracture Treatment
An X-ray will help to identify the fracture. During a physical examination, your physician will perform some range-of-motion tests along with an assessment of sensation in the fingers. This will determine if there has been any damage to the nerves.
In some cases, your physician should be able to simply realign the bones through manipulation. Then, a splint, fracture-brace, or cast is applied to help immobilize the bones and keep them securely in place. A second set of X-rays may be taken in about a week to check that the bones have remained in the proper position.
The cast will remain for approximately three to four weeks, but gentle hand exercises may begin after three weeks or so. Afterwards, the finger may actually be slightly shorter but should not affect one’s dexterity.