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Crush Injury of Thumb Tip

  • Crush Injury of Thumb Tip

Description of disability:

Fingertip injuries can be caused by many things. They can be crushed, closed in a door, or hit by a hammer. A heavy object can be dropped onto the finger. They can also be cut by a kitchen knife, power tool or another sharp object. A fingertip injury can result in damage to the skin, bone, nailbed, tendons and the pulp, the padded area of the fingertip. There can also damage the nerve endings in the fingertips.


 Severe crushing of the fingertip: If just skin is removed from the fingertip or if there is just a little bit of bone exposed at the fingertip, this injury can be treated with a simple dressing. If the injury is more serious, surgery may be needed. 

 Broken finger bone: This is very common. This can be treated with a splint or temporary metal pins to hold the bone fragments in proper position. If the damage is too severe, amputation of the fingertip may be necessary. 

 Injured nail bed: If blood is collecting under the nail, it may be drained by making a small hole in the nail. If the nail bed is more seriously injured, you may need a splint or even surgery. The pulp was built up with a flap of skin based on one neurovascular bundle which was freed and advanced.

Post operative care: 

Rest, elevation and immobilization of the part, using an arm sling always when upright aids in good healing which takes about a month and a half.


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