What Do You Do For A Sprained Finger?

Do finger sprains heal on their own?

Most finger sprains are relatively minor and heal on their own with symptomatic care, including RICE (rest, ice, compression, and elevation) buddy taping, splinting, and time.

More severe or unstable finger collateral ligament sprains or those associated with fractures may require surgery to stabilize the injury..

How long does a sprain take to heal?

How long it takes for a sprain or strain to heal. After 2 weeks, most sprains and strains will feel better. Avoid strenuous exercise such as running for up to 8 weeks, as there’s a risk of further damage. Severe sprains and strains can take months to get back to normal.

Should you wear finger splints bed?

If your tendon is torn or pulled off the bone, it should heal in 6 to 8 weeks of wearing a splint all the time. After that, you will need to wear your splint for another 3 to 4 weeks, at night only.

Should I buddy tape a sprained finger?

Buddy taping can be used for minor finger and toe injuries such as sprains or strains. You shouldn’t use it if there are any obvious deformities from the injury, such as a bone at an odd angle. Seek medical attention if you have any open wounds that could require stitches, bones visibly out of place, or severe pain.

How do you know if your finger is sprained?

If your finger is sprained, you might have:Pain in one of your finger joints when you try to move or use it.Stiffness in your finger or having a hard time straightening or bending it.Tenderness in your joint when you touch the area.Swelling in one of your finger joints.

Do I need to go to the doctor for a sprained finger?

A person should seek medical attention anytime a sprained finger is excruciatingly painful, or if symptoms do not improve within the first 24 to 48 hours. Sprained fingers that appear misshapen, bent, or darkly colored also require medical attention.

Can’t fully bend finger?

Trigger finger is a condition that affects one or more of the hand’s tendons, making it difficult to bend the affected finger or thumb. If the tendon becomes swollen and inflamed it can “catch” in the tunnel it runs through (the tendon sheath).

When should you go to the doctor for a finger injury?

Pain and swelling are severe or persistent. You can’t clean the wound or the wound is very dirty. (You may need antibiotics) The injury is a puncture or open wound and you haven’t had a tetanus shot in the last 10 years.

How do you compress a sprained finger?

Ice helps to reduce pain and swelling in the sprained finger. Wrap the ice or cold pack in a towel. Do not apply the ice directly to your skin. Compression – Wrap an elastic compression bandage around your finger.

How long does it take to heal a sprained finger?

Typically, finger sprains heal well in patients who follow their rehabilitation program. Ligaments require from 2 to 10 weeks to heal. Your recovery will depend on your age, overall health, and the extent of your injury.

What happens if you leave a sprained finger untreated?

If left untreated, a jammed finger can lead to complications including prolonged stiffness or difficulty fully straightening the finger. Once the joint has had time to heal, a doctor may recommend exercises to reduce stiffness in the joint.

Can a knuckle be sprained?

Sprains often occur in the ligaments of the proximal interphalangeal joints in the middle of the fingers—hinge joints that help the fingers bend. The ligaments of the thumb’s metacarpophalangeal joint, or knuckle, can also become sprained, especially during a fall in which the thumb is pulled away from the body.

Can your finger be broken and still bend?

You may not always be sure the finger is broken and try to bend it. If it’s broken, doing so will usually be painful. Don’t be fooled if you can still move the finger. In some cases, there may still be some range of motion and only dull pain.

Do you need a splint for a sprained finger?

If the sprain is severe enough, your doctor might immobilize the finger with a splint, which can help ensure that it heals correctly. In rarer cases that include severely torn ligaments, your doctor may need to operate on the ligament to repair it.

What can you do for a swollen finger?

Applying ice to the affected area or over the bandage, which can also help reduce pain. Splinting/immobilizing, which can help stop more swelling from coming into the hand or arm.

How do you splint a finger?

Make a splint to immobilize the finger. A Popsicle stick or pen may be placed next to the broken finger, and then wrap something around the stick and the finger to hold it in place. Wrap loosely – if the finger is wrapped too tightly it can cause additional swelling and may cut off circulation to the injured digit.