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Chip not stuck to the bone, difficulty in bending finger post months of fracture. Method to increase flexibility?

Hi,I have a chip fracture of the right little finger ,it has been 2.5 months now and i had been on buddy cast and then a single cast all this while.The chip has not yet got stuck to the bone.I am not able to bend the finger more than 20 degrees,will my finger become stiff all my life,is there a method to increase flexibility.
Asked On : Sun, 30 Dec 2012
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Orthopaedic Surgeon, Joint Replacement 's  Response
Feb 2014
Thanks for writing to us.

Generally fracture of phalanx of finger takes 3-4 weeks time to heal if properly immobilized.

If swelling and tenderness persist, there might be possibility of delayed union or nonunion. The cause may be soft tissue interposition or malalignment. (which means soft tissue is getting in the way of the bones joining)

So I suggest you getting this evaluated by your doctor. You may get a repeat x-ray to see fracture union.Meanwhile, you can take Tablet Motrin 1 tablet with food as and when required (upto 4 tablets daily) to reduce pain. Hot saline fomentation over thumb will help decrease joint stiffnes.

Wishing you good health..
Dr Saurabh Gupta.
Answered: Mon, 31 Dec 2012
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