Finger Scissoring,
What Do You See? No. 2

When a metacarpal fracture has rotated at the fracture site, one finger will overlap another during active finger flexion. Finger buddy taping is used to prevent this complication while a metacarpal fracture is healing.

Severe interosseous muscle tightness (most often from direct trauma) can also create finger rotation. A healed, rotated fracture cannot be successfully treated with therapy, but rotation resulting from interosseous muscle tightness can usually be resolved with appropriate therapy.

Finger Scissoring

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