Author | Christopher B. Ranney, MD


Managing hand and finger injuries in ball sports

March 30, 2008

Many hand and finger injuries in ball sports are misdiagnosedor mismanaged, possibly leading to disability. Primary carephysicians who obtain a detailed history, conduct a focused examination,and know the indications for referral can manage themeffectively. The chief complaint is pain. In mallet finger, a finger is"jammed" during sports participation; nonoperative treatment oftenis indicated. The ring finger is involved in most reported cases of jerseyfinger; surgical intervention is the treatment of choice. Managementof boutonnière deformity helps patients regain full strengthand range of motion. Collateral ligament injuries may occur at anyinterphalangeal joint. Finger fractures are the fractures most oftenseen in the primary care setting. Malrotation with phalangeal fracturesis unacceptable. (J Musculoskel Med. 2008;25:198-204)