Hand Injuries

Baseball Finger
Brachial Plexus Injuries
Carpal Avascular Necrosis
Flexor / Extensor Tendon Injuries
Nerve Injuries
Proximal Interphalangeal (PIP) Joint Injury
Ulnar Collateral Ligament (UCL) of the Thumb

Baseball Finger

Baseball Finger is often the result of damage caused to the tendons that assist in straightening out the finger - usually when the fingertip is forcefully jammed or bent downward. Also known as Mallet Finger, symptoms may include swelling and tenderness around the fingertip.

Risk Factors
Athletes involved in not only baseball, but football and basketball as well, are at risk for such an injury as a result of the force involved in these sports and the rapid motion and awkward positions in which their hands and fingers are often placed.

Diagnosis and Treatment
Understanding the action resulting in the injury often helps determine diagnosis. In confirming Baseball Finger, the last knuckle and extension of the finger are physically examined. An X-ray may also be indicated in order to determine if the finger bone was damaged during the force.

Not considered a serious injury, Baseball Finger generally only requires a splint that maintains the finger in a straight position. Occasionally surgery is required, if the bone sustained serious damage.