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Do you have to put a splint on a sprained finger?

No but helpful : A simple finger sprain can heal without splinting, however, a splint can help provide greater support of the finger. ...Read more

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Dr. Payam Rafat
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Sprain (Definition)

Sprain is also known as Sprains and strains. A sprain is an injury that results from excessive stretching of a ligament, which is a tough band that connects bone to bone and holds joints in place. Rapid swelling and pain ...Read more


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What is the point of splinting a sprained finger?

What is the point  of splinting a sprained finger?

Immoblization: A sprain is usually meant to imply a stretching or tear of a soft tissue structure such as a ligament. So you want to allow that structure to rest and repair itself. If it is constantly moving this will be harder and inefficient. Hence immobilization is done. ...Read more

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What's the purpose of splinting a sprained finger?

What's the purpose of splinting a sprained finger?

Finger splint: To lessen mobility of finger & reduce discomfort, so that it can heal faster. ...Read more

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I sprained my index finger on Saturday and on Sunday I Googled my symptoms and it comes up with a sprained finger, I brought a finger splint today, I can still move it, and the pain is subsiding a bit now. Just wondering how long should I keep it on? Also

I sprained my index finger on Saturday and on Sunday I Googled my symptoms and it comes up with a sprained finger, I brought a finger splint today, I can still move it, and the pain is subsiding a bit now. Just wondering how long should I keep it on?
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Keep moving: The movement is definitely a good thing. You don't want to completely NOT move it for a week because that will cause unnecessary stiffness and likely cause the healing to be longer than it would normally. Typically somewhere between 5-7 days depending on how the finger is feeling. It's not an exact science. And just so you know, I can't see the last part of your question on here- sorry! Good luck! ...Read more

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With a sprained finger or torn ligament, do I need to keep it in a splint?

With a sprained finger or torn ligament, do I need to keep it in a splint?

This may depend on : the finger involved and as to exactly what specific type of injury that was sustained. The most common type of splinting for simple injuries is buddy taping where one finger is taped to the adjacent one for stability but still allow for range of motion to avoid stiffness. See you doctor for an opinion. ...Read more

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The doctor said I have a badly sprained finger and said to keep a splint on it how long should I keep it on?

The doctor said I have a badly sprained finger and said to keep a splint on it how long should I keep it on?

It depend: Sprain as you know have three grade 1-2-3-three is the worst. I would suggest 2 weeks of splinting and how it go. ...Read more

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How can you heal a sprained finger?

How can you heal a sprained finger?

Many things to do. : A sprained finger usually responds well to rest and splinting. Additionally, anti inflammatory medications and ice can also help. If the pain persists, see your family doctor to confirm the diagnosis. ...Read more

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What can be done for a sprained finger?

What can be done for a sprained finger?

Rest: Rest, warm compresses, splinting it by itself or buddy-taping to the one next to it and Aspirin or advil if tolerated and is painful. ...Read more

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How could I reduce sprained finger pain?

How could I reduce sprained finger pain?

R.I.C.E.: Rest (limit your activities with the finger), immobilization (with a splint to limit movement), cold (packs of ice, 20 mins on, then 20 mins. Off) and elevation (above the heart, whenever possible to reduce swelling). If r.I.C.E. Does not provide sufficient relief, or if you are in severe pain, then it's time to see you doctor to confirm the diagnosis. Over the counter tylenol or Motrin can help. ...Read more

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Dr. Mark Galland
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Splint (Definition)

A splint can be any type of external protection device designed to shield a bone or joint from injury. It may be used prophylactically to prevent injury or protect an injured bone or ...Read more