Volar plate injuries are a very common injury to the fingers, often as a result of forceful loading to the tip of the finger or from hyperextension (forceful bending of the finger backwards).
The volar plate is a fibrous band of tissue on the underside of the joints of the fingers that provides support and stability to these joints when moving, gripping etc. This injury can be from a fracture where the volar plate attaches, or through tearing of the volar plate tissue itself.
Often these injuries present with bruising, swelling and pain to the joint. Often movement is usually possible, however can be painful and limited.
These injuries are commonly misdiagnosed as “just a sprain” or “jarring” the finger and can create long term issues if not treated appropriately.
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, book an appointment.