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How do I treat a severely jammed finger?

How do I treat a severely jammed finger?

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 more

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How do you treat a finger sprain?

How do you treat a finger sprain?

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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I have a jammed finger with a swollen knuckle, what do you suggest to treat this?

I have a jammed finger with a swollen knuckle, what do you suggest to treat this?

Xrays: You should get an xray to make sure there is no fracture. Some fractures of the knuckles can involve the joint space and cause long term pain. Hopefully it is just a sprain, but if its swollen and over the knuckle if could be more serious. ...Read more

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How long does a jammed finger last?

How long does a jammed finger last?

Finger: Could be a week to 10 days. Use warm hand soaks and while soaking exercise the finger to help move fluid and reduce swelling. When not soaking exercise gently by open and closing the hand. ...Read more

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What should I do about a jammed finger?

What should I do about a jammed finger?

I think so: When jam your finger, you could tear a ligament or break a bone or damage the cartilage that could to permanent stiffness. Go and check it out. ...Read more

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Is there a way to help a jammed finger?

Is there a way to help a jammed finger?

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

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How much time does a jammed finger hurt?

How much time does a jammed finger hurt?

Depends: Depending on the extent of the injury, it is not uncommon to last for 4-6 weeks. ...Read more

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What should I do with a bad jammed finger?

What should I do with a bad jammed finger?

Jammed finger: Most finger joints remain sore and swollen for some time. A period of splinting in the straight posisiton for a weeek, accompanied by over the counter napsosyn will usually clear it up. ...Read more

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What is the proper way to tape a jammed finger?

What is the proper way to tape a jammed finger?

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

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What should I do for a jammed finger I have iced it so far

What should I do for a jammed finger I have iced it so far

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 more

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How long is it supposed to it take for a jammed finger to heal?

How long is it supposed to it take for a jammed finger to heal?

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

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What's the best remedy for a jammed finger?

What's the best remedy for a jammed finger?

Get it checked and: Splint if there no fracture and body tape to the other finger, use Motrin as well, it take about six weeks to heal. ...Read more

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How do I make my jammed finger less swollen?

How do I make my jammed finger less swollen?

Bromelain: Assuming you have not fractured a bone, bromelain enzyme can reduce swelling. You also may need to use over the counter splint for 1-3 days to allow recovery. ...Read more

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What will a specialist do for a jammed finger?

What will a specialist do for a jammed finger?

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 more

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My jammed finger is still swollen. What could be wrong?

My jammed finger is still swollen. What could be wrong?

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

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What are signs of a finger sprain?

What are signs of a finger sprain?

Pain: Pain, swelling, tenderness. I would not hesitate to be seen to make sure it is not a fracture or more serious injury as well. ...Read more

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Jammed finger. Need a splint or just not use it?

Jammed finger. Need a splint or just not use it?

Jammed finger: Just use it. Work on motion, avoid excessive gripping or lifting. If no improvement get a medical evaluation. ...Read more

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Finger sprain, what can I do, any tips?

Finger sprain, what can I do, any tips?

Occupational Therapy: You should see an occupational therapist for an evaluation and exercise/therapy plan. ...Read more

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What is the normal recovery time for a finger sprain?

What is the normal recovery time for a finger sprain?

4-6 weeks: The finger joints are brown to sprain and because the anatomy of it takes a while to heal and some leave some stiffness. ...Read more

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Can the vinegar method of healing a jammed finger work?

Can the vinegar method of healing a jammed finger work?

Not by itself: This kind of injury really should be seen at least by your family physician for possible imaging; you already know to elevate it, use cold, and tape it to the adjacent finger. Vinegar is a remarkably safe supplement and you can use it as an adjunct. ...Read more

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What are the features of a broken finger that would make it look different than a jammed finger?

What are the features of a broken finger that would make it look different than a jammed finger?

X rays: The best way to assess, if a jammed finger has a fracture also, is with x rays, small fragments can not be assessd by physical exam. But it is still a joint injury, and needs specialized care. ...Read more

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I have pain towards the bottom of my pinky. It is swelled and hurts to move. But im not sure if ifs broken or just a jammed finger, do you know?

Trauma?: Do you remember having injured it? You don't mention your age. There are many causes. Best to see your physician and get an x-ray if indicated. ...Read more

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Hi Doctors. How do I know if I have a finger sprain or if it may be broken?

Hi Doctors. How do I know if I have a finger sprain or if it may be broken?

Fracture/ Break: A medical examination, history and X-rays are needed to accurately diagnose a fracture/ break in most cases. ...Read more

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Middle finger pain feels like a jammed finger and is painful to bend and straighten entirely. Came on randomly during day with no injury. Thoughts?

Middle finger pain feels like a jammed finger and is painful to bend and straighten entirely. Came on randomly during day with no injury. Thoughts?

Tendinitis? Trigger?: This could be a trigger finger tendinitis, but you will need more of an evaluation to clarify the diagnosis. Ask your physician if this is what you have ...Read more

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I am healing up jammed finger - should I still go to the doctor?

I am healing up jammed finger - should I still go to the doctor?

I think so: When jam your finger, you could tear a ligament or break a bone or damage the cartilage that could to permanent stiffness.. ...Read more