Question: What Happens When You Jam Your Fingers?

How do you stop a jammed finger?

It is common to jam a finger while playing basketball.

Soak the hand in cold water for 20 minutes.

You can protect the jammed finger by using medical tape to tape it to the next finger.

This is called “buddy taping.”.

How long until you can bend a broken finger?

A broken finger or thumb usually heals within 2 to 8 weeks, but it can take longer. It may be 3 to 4 months before full strength returns to your hand.

Can you break your finger by bending it backwards?

A volar plate injury is commonly called a “jammed finger” or “sprain.” This happens when the finger is bent backward too far (hyperextended).

How long does a jammed finger take to heal?

Most of the time a jammed finger will get better on its own within a week or two. But even with treatment, your finger may stay swollen or sensitive for many months. During recovery, try to use the finger as little as possible while it heals. Take a break from sports or other activities that could worsen your injury.

Can a jammed finger be permanent?

Even if the injured finger looks normal and can move normally, it may require medical treatment. The anatomy of the finger joint is complex, and several types of injuries can result in permanent problems if they are left undiagnosed or untreated. Buddy strapping is a common treatment for a jammed finger.

How can I tell if I broke my finger?

Broken fingers rarely go unnoticed. Frequently, you have immediate pain after trauma and sometimes a deformed finger either at a joint (commonly a dislocation) or through the bone as a fracture. If there is no deformity, a person will typically feel a sharp pain at the injury site.

Can’t fully bend finger?

Trigger finger occurs due to inflammation of the tendons that flex your fingers, causing finger tenderness and pain. The condition limits your finger’s movement and can make it difficult to straighten and bend your finger.

Why do my fingers jam so easily?

Small ligaments called the collateral ligaments support the PIP joint. A jammed finger may occur when then these ligaments are overstretched or strained. This damage can happen when the hands absorb too much force, such as when someone catches a ball when playing sports.

Is a jammed finger a sprain?

A jammed finger is typically a sprain to the joint or knuckle, of the finger. There may also be a small fracture or dislocation of the joint. The injury can be extremely painful, and the joint usually becomes swollen. A jammed finger is a common sports injury.

What is the medical term for jammed finger?

The layman’s term “jammed finger” often refers to injuries that are incurred around the proximal interphalangeal (PIP) joint of the fingers (see image below).

How do you treat stiff fingers?

Pinch StrengthenerPinch a soft foam ball or some putty between the tips of your fingers and your thumb.Hold for 30 to 60 seconds.Repeat 10 to 15 times on both hands. Do this exercise two to three times a week, but rest your hands for 48 hours in between sessions. Don’t do this exercise if your thumb joint is damaged.

Should you pull a jammed finger?

Start to bend it slightly–putting yourself only through minimal pain–as you work the swelling out of the joint. You know your body best so trust your pain tolerance. If it still hurts, don’t push it. In most cases, a little ice, a little rest and a little time is all that’s needed to mend a jammed finger.