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Phalangeal Fractures

“Break in any phalanx of the finger or thumb of the hand be it proximal, distal or middle are termed as phalangeal fractures. To simply put forth each finger of the hand is made of three phalanges and the thumb of two. When an injury from a direct blow or crush, any joint disease or injury while playing ball sports breaks and displaces the bones in the phalanges, they are referred to as phangeal fractures”, eminently says DR. Gupta. “Swelling and intense pain with visible deformity are the signs which will enforce you to seek medical attention and imaging tests, radiographs and CT scan help in furthering the prognosis.”

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With an experience of more than 25 years and 18000 surgeries Dr. Gupta has introduced and treated patients with many international painless techniques skillfully. The graph of his professional career shows an upward trend in fame and designations in AIIMS, The Medanta and at present as head of shoulder and hand division at Max Healthcare.
Speaking further about phalangeal fractures Dr. Gupta says, “ Fractures that are mild in nature can be treated by just splints or buddy taping but severe fractures might also result in ligament tear and soft tissue injury causing mallet or jersey finger and are thus treated with surgical techniques which to an extent depend upon the severity of the injuries and associated damage thereof.”

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“Patients should not be wary of surgical outcomes though I would like to enforce here that any outcome of surgery is dependent on many factors such as the age of the patient, the force of the injury, the source by which the injury was sustained, how well has the patient complied to the treatment, the treatment technique adopted, length of immobilization and above all the expertise and skill of the surgeon who has undertaken the task”, very calmly states Dr. Gupta.

Even after acquiring international knowledge from Germany and USA after MBBS and MS Ortho from AIIMS, Dr. Gupta asserts that, “conditions that affect the upper limbs do not vary from country to country rather each condition is unique in itself. It is just the treatment methodologies that make the difference.”

FAQ – Phalangeal Fractures

What are Phalangeal Fractures?

The thumb and the fingers of the hand are formed by the phalanges with the thumb having two phalanges i.e. (proximal and distal) and the fingers comprising of three i.e. (proximal, middle and distal) thus, each hand having a total of 14 phalanges. Break in any phalanx (proximal, middle or distal) of the finger or thumb are termed as phalangeal fractures.

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