We use our hands on a daily basis for activities like sports, work and taking care of errands.
As a result of using our hands daily, we are prone to getting ligament injuries, the majority being minor and asymptomatic; lasting for a week at most. Ligament tears and fractured phalanges are serious injuries. These result in symptoms of unresolved swelling and continued pain around the bruised joint for more than a week.
The result of ignoring these injuries would be a permanent tightening of the joints, continued pain, swelling and loss of joint function.
Full ligament tears resulting in instability will require surgical repair and the contracture of the finger joint can be straightened at the same time.
Unstable PIPJ due to complete tear of the radial collateral ligament
Proximal interphalangeal joint (PIPJ) fracture from cricket or basketball injury with dorsal dislocation of the pipj with a single screw fixation