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Jammed Finger

Jammed Finger

Description Of The Injury: A jammed finger usually occurs from an acute traumatic impact during a sport. They result in immediate pain and swelling of the finger joint. Contact sports are the most common activities where jammed fingers occur. This injury can usually be treated conventionally but usually requires care and patience to properly heal.

Injury Symptoms: The most obvious sign of a jammed finger is acute pain and swelling at one of the joints of the finger. The knuckle of the finger will usually be visibly larger in size due to the swelling. Reduced loss of motion and tenderness are also common symptoms

Additional Information

Home Treatments:

Most jammed fingers can be treated using the rest, ice, compression and elevation principle. The finger should not be used for physical activity and should not be strenuously flexed. Apply ice on the area 20 minutes at a time, 4-8 times per day for the first several days. Along with bandaging the area and keeping it elevated above chest level, the swelling should reduce and enhance time to recovery. Anti inflammatory and pain medication can also be used. Buddy taping the finger to immobilize it is also a beneficial method of treatment.

Professional Medical Treatments:

Professional treatment is usually only needed if the jammed finger is severe. The doctor may assess the finger, and identify if the severity is caused by a fracture of the finger of a dislocation. A splint or setting the finger back in place may be needed as well as anti inflammatory medication.

Physical Therapy and Exercises:

Complete recovery of a jammed finger may involve re-establishing the range of motion by gentle stretches of the finger, and using your other hand to manually perform circular motions with the affected finger. Finger push ups done by pressing against a minor weight bearing object is also beneficial. Bouts of squeezing a tennis ball or a therapeutic jelly will help recover optimal finger strength.

Exercise Techniques to Prevent Injury:

Techniques to prevent a jammed finger are usually sport specific. This involves being able to masterfully perform any movement that requires the strenuous use of your fingers and hands, which reduces the risk of injury and maintains peak strength. Using proper protective equipment, fitted gloves and applying tape on the knuckles can also help prevent this injury.