I jammed my left (non-dominant) pinky finger and now the top of the finger is bent down towards my palm (from the top knuckle). A little discomfort in palm and top of hand. The bent portion above the top knuckle refuses to go back into place. Could it be broken? If jammed and I splint it, will it correct itself eventually? Don't want to spend 3 hrs in the ER and end up with a splint I can do from home. Thanks.
This can be caused by fracture/ dislocation of the phalyngeal joint or tendon injury. While most cases are treated with splintage, surgery is advised for severe damage. Even it is a minor fracture; a splint is best applied by a doctor after correcting for alignment abnormalities. It is hence advised to visit the ER to rule out severe injuries and for appropriate management.
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