Treatment for mallet finger
The treatment for a mallet finger typically depends on the severity of the injury. Common approaches include:
Consult with an expert: An Accredited Hand Therapist is a physiotherapist or occupational therapist with expertise in the finger, hand, wrist, elbow, and shoulder.
Splinting: The most common treatment for mallet finger is to wear a splint that immobilises the DIP joint in an extended position. This allows the torn tendon or bone fragment to heal properly. Splinting is usually required for several weeks, and it's essential to wear it consistently.
Surgery: In severe cases or if the bone is fractured along with the tendon injury, surgical intervention may be necessary to repair the damage.
Medication: Over-the-counter pain relievers may be recommended to manage discomfort during the healing process.
Recovery and rehabilitation
The recovery period for a mallet finger can vary depending on the severity of the injury and the chosen treatment approach. Here are some essential points to consider during the recovery process:
Follow advice: Adhere to the treatment plan recommended by your Accredited Hand Therapist. This may include wearing the orthosis consistently and attending follow-up appointments.
Rehabilitation exercises: Engage in exercises prescribed by an Accredited Hand Therapist to regain strength and flexibility in the injured finger.
Protect the finger: Avoid activities that could re-injure the finger during healing. It's crucial to protect the finger and prevent further trauma.
Monitor progress: Keep an eye on your finger's progress during healing. If you notice any unusual symptoms or concerns, communicate with them promptly with your healthcare provider.
Patience: Recovery from a mallet finger can take time. Be patient and allow the injured finger to heal properly.
Find a local Accredited Hand Therapist
Patients can find a local Accredited Hand Therapist on our website using the link below.