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Broken Knuckle treatment (splints)

If you have a broken knuckle, it may be treated with splints or strapping. We give a 'first person' perspective on this treatment.....

How did you get a broken knuckle?

"I'd just joined a gym with a friend and thought I'd work out on the punchbag. It was going fine, until we started seeing how hard we could hit the bag. I gave it a good hard punch and felt a really sharp pain in my little finger knuckle"

How did you know your knuckle was broken?

"At the time I thought I'd just badly bruised it. That was the end of my workout, and I thought it would get better. By the next day though my hand was swollen and it was really painful to make a fist. It was also really bruised.

When I went to the hospital, they looked at my hand and sent me for an x-ray. The doctor showed me the break on the x-ray, and said that the way the knuckle had broken meant that the bone was not out of place. This meant I wouldn't need any surgery, which was a major relief".


What treatment did your broken knuckle need?

"Well, luckily I didn't need any surgery. They put my hand in a plaster cast and sent me home, with an appointment for the next week. At the appointment I had another x-ray, which showed the knuckle was still in the right place. I was told I could now take off the cast and just use a finger splint. This was much more comfortable and let me move my other fingers. This was needed for 3 weeks, by which time things all seemed healed"

Learn more about broken knuckle strapping here

Did your broken knuckle cause much pain?

"At the time it broke, yes. With some simple painkillers though, the pain wasn't too bad and generally was fine. I did knock my hand on a desk in the second week though, which hurt - I was glad of the splint then!"

How have you been since the broken knuckle?

"Not too bad. My hand was a bit stiff for a short while after, but was ok. I got the odd niggle for a few months, but it's now 6 months after the break and all seems fine"

Learn more about broken knuckles in our Procedure Info pages
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