Acute finger injuries: part I. Tendons and ligaments

Jeffrey C Leggit, Christian J Meko

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Improper diagnosis and treatment of finger injuries can cause deformity and dysfunction over time. A basic understanding of the complex anatomy of the finger and of common tendon and ligament injury mechanisms can help physicians properly diagnose and treat finger injuries. Evaluation includes a general musculoskeletal examination as well as radiography (oblique, anteroposterior, and true lateral views). Splinting and taping are effective treatments for tendon and ligament injuries. Treatment should restrict the motion of injured structures while allowing uninjured joints to remain mobile. Although family physicians are usually the first to evaluate patients with finger injuries, it is important to recognize when a referral is needed to ensure optimal outcomes.
Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)810—816
JournalAmerican Family Physician
Issue number5
StatePublished - 1 Mar 2006


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