If you suffer from a jammed finger, please Schedule an appointment with one of our orthopedic specialists as soon as possible.
What Is A Jammed Finger?
A jammed finger, also known as a finger sprain or finger contusion, occurs when the finger is forcefully bent or compressed, resulting in injury to the ligaments, tendons, or joint capsule. It is a common injury that can happen during various activities, such as sports, accidents, or falls.
The symptoms of a jammed finger may include pain, swelling, stiffness, tenderness, bruising, and difficulty moving the finger. The injured finger may appear deformed or misaligned in more severe cases.
Treatment For A Jammed Finger
Treatment for a jammed finger typically involves the following steps:
- Rest: It is important to avoid using the injured finger to allow it to heal properly.
- Ice: Applying ice packs or cold compresses to the affected finger can help reduce pain, swelling, and inflammation. Ice should be applied for 15-20 minutes every 2-3 hours during the initial 24-48 hours.
- Compression: Wrapping the injured finger with a compression bandage or tape can provide support and help reduce swelling.
- Elevation: Elevating the hand and keeping the injured finger above heart level can assist in reducing swelling.
- Immobilization: In some cases, splinting or buddy taping (taping the injured finger to an adjacent finger for support) may be recommended to immobilize the finger and promote healing.
- Pain management: Over-the-counter pain medications, such as acetaminophen or nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), can help manage pain and inflammation. However, it is important to follow the recommended dosage and consult a healthcare professional if needed.
If symptoms persist or worsen, or if there is severe pain, significant swelling, inability to move the finger, or signs of a possible fracture, it is advisable to seek medical attention. A healthcare professional can evaluate the injury, perform any necessary imaging tests, and provide appropriate treatment, which may include splinting, physical therapy, or referral to a hand specialist if needed.
It’s important to note that while a jammed finger is a common and often minor injury, proper diagnosis and treatment are crucial to ensure proper healing and prevent complications.