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How Do I Make My Jammed Finger Less Swollen
Several things: Problems like these can only be correctly handled by your doctor in person. He/she needs to listen to you, perform an examination and possibly run labs or other tests. That's the only way he/she can find out what's going on and what to do about it. ...Read more
Jammed finger on basket ball 3 weeks ago is it still swollen bruised it hurts to bend and I physically can't band it all the way what should I do?
Jammed finger: You need to make sure that there is no fracture nor any significant ligament or tendon injury. Check with your doctor to find out for sure. If diagnosis is correct, range of motion exercises are extremely important. Modalities to reduce swelling include ice, elevation, and nsaids. Heat helps warm up and loosen joint aiding in range of motion. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Most : Most jammed fingers are "sprains"--that is, torn ligaments around the "second" knuckle known as the proximal interphalangeal joint. Most of them are stable and heal well. For the typical sprain, a week of rest in a splint and early motion with "buddy taping" work quite well. Some minor swelling and aching with weather changes, however, may last for years. However, not all finger injuries are simple sprains. High grade sprains can cause instability and may require repair. These are relatively rare, but do need to be addressed. Small fractures can also occur. Most of them are not significant and we treat them the same as simple sprains. However, just last week, i had to pin a finger with a tiny fracture that caused rotation of the finger to where it overlapped its neighbor. Tendon injuries can also occur. If the far knuckle (distal interphalangeal joint) is injured, you can have a mallet finger--where the tip doesn't come straight. Those need to be kept straight for several weeks to get the tendon to heal or another deformity can occur, called a swan neck deformity. At the proximal interphalangeal joint, the exensor tendon can rupture, causing a boutonniere deformity. These can be difficult to diagnose in a fresh injury and i usually re-examine my patients about 2 weeks after injury to make sure they don't develop one. While most tendon injuries, when they occur, involve the extensors, flexor tendon injuries can occur as well. These are much more serious and can affect grip. An injury called a "jersey finger" (sometimes "rugger jersey finger") needs to be repaired most of the time. Any significant finger injury should be evaluated by a physician, preferably a hand surgeon. X-rays will show a fracture and careful examination of the structures can find any associated injuries. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Ice splint move: Ice is a great start. A second thing is splinting. If you are swollen even if you do not have a fracture a bruise to the joint will casue swelling in the joint. the joint tends to stay bent at about 45 degrees because the joint capsule's maximum volume is at about that degree of bending. The swollen tissue and fluid "pushes" the joint into that position finally when swelling goes down... motion ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
How should I treat a jammed finger, it's been a week and I still can't completely close my finger. It's gotten better and isn't swelling anymore?
Hand specialist : You should see a hand specialist. You may have tendon damage. ...Read more
Pain and swelling: A finger sprain is an injury involving the supporting structures of joint. The joint capsule and ligaments, provide stability to the joint. In a sprain, these structures are excessively stretched, buy not disrupted. Joint pain, swelling and laxity are common symptoms, resolve with time and can be helped by brief immobilization, protected range of motion, ice, nsaid's and steroids. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
X-Ray + time: You can't tell a jammed or sprained finger from a broken finger just by looking. You need an x-ray. Even if you can move it, it may still be broken. Treatment for a sprain is very different from a fracture. Get it checked out. If x-ray is negative, then time will usually heal the finger, but it may take 6 months or more to feel better. ...Read more
Buddy tape: Taping is usually not terribly effective for a " jammed finger", but when we do tape them, we will typically buddy tape the finger to the one beside it. This involves using two thin strips of tape and taping your injured finger to the one next to it above and below the injured joint. This allows you to still move it, but offers some limited support. ...Read more
Long time: A jammed finger is a significant injury to a small joint. They are almost dislocations with partial tearing of ligaments and swelling of the joint. They can take 6-12 months to heal. They usually feel a lot better in a few weeks, but can remain swollen for a long time. If you have not regained full motion by 4-6 weeks, you should see a hand surgeon or hand therapist. ...Read more
Mostly with time: Ice, immobilization and early protected range of motion will help treat the symptoms of a finger sprain, as will nsaid's and steroids. What the joint ultimately needs to recover from the excessive stretching of the capsule and ligaments is time to repair the damaged structures. This takes 2-6 weeks for mild sprains and 3 or more months for severe sprains. ...Read more
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