Mallet Finger

Mallet finger is an injury to the thin tendon that helps straighten the end of a finger or thumb. Mallet finger is also known as “baseball finger,” however this injury can happen to anyone when an object (like a ball) strikes the tip of a finger or thumb and bends the finger further than it is supposed to go. As a result, the individual is not able to straighten the tip of the finger or thumb actively. There are three types of mallet finger injuries: 1) Damaged tendon, however no fractures are present, 2) Ruptured tendon with small fractures, 3) Ruptured tendon with a large fraction. Complications of mallet finger includes pressure sores, scarring, and limitations in finger flexion. 

Conditions That Causes Mallet Finger

Jammed, crushed, or cut finger

Mallet Finger Symptoms

  • Painful, swollen, and bruised finger
  • Drooped fingertip
  • Difficulty straightening out the finger without assistance

Treatment for Mallet Finger

  • ASTR® Tools: Our doctors use a variety of ASTR® tools to release scar tissue and myofascial restriction, which can decrease pain and give symptom relief.
  • Special exercise program to decrease inflammation, strengthen the muscles, and help the patient to return to normal function and activities.
  • Special instructions on how to speed up the recovery time.
  • Cold Laser Therapy: Tissue inflammation is common with a amllet finger. Cold laser is used in order to decrease inflammation and swelling that causes pain in the groin area.
  • Patient avoided hip surgery.

  • Patient avoided back surgery.

  • This newborn came in unable to move his neck from the side position. He suffered from torticollis, severe neck and back spasms. After just 1 ASTR treatment, he had complete range of motion.

  • Patient came in unable to move his neck from the side position. After 3 ASTR treatments, he regained full range of motion.

  • This young gymnast came in unable to do the splits. After just 1 ASTR treatment, she had full range of motion.

 

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