ISSN Print: 2277-4343
Article: A REVIEW ON ANGULI BHAGNA: AN EXPLORATORY STUDY
Article Category: Review articles
Author: Vikas Bharmauria *, Manu Verma
Abstract: Anguli bhagna (phalangeal fractures) is a very common musculoskeletal injury. Anguli bhagna is commonly caused by falls, direct blows (ball sports) and various other reasons. Management of anguli bhagna requires sound techniques to provide the best functional outcome. To date, literature on anguli bhagna is scarce and unexplored. Ayurvedic treatises, especially ‘Sushruta Samhita’, have provided excellent description of bhagna at different sites including anguli bhagna. The present article explores various etiological factors, classification, clinical features, treatment principles, prognosis, and complications specifically mentioned in the context of anguli bhagna along with modern surgical concepts. Various adjuvant therapies like oral medications, local applications, dietary regimes, panchakarma (five purification procedures) and other important modalities which are useful for better functional outcome are also explored. Even though sophisticated diagnostic procedures and treatment modalities are currently available for phalangeal fractures, the age-old concepts available in Sushruta Samhita still remain relevant and valid.
Keyword: Anguli bhagna, phalangeal fractures, musculoskeletal injury, ball sports, Sushruta Samhita, Panchakarma