Many finger injuries are minor, but painful. If the swelling is minimal and the finger can fully flex and extend, return to basketball may not take long. However, if there is significant swelling, especially with difficulty bending or straightening the joint, evaluation by a pediatric orthopedic surgeon is recommended.
Can you play basketball with a finger splint?
Most people can still play sports with a finger splint. Your doctor will let you know when it’s safe to play sports without a splint. Sometimes even with treatment, your fingertip could still have a slight tilt to it.
How long are you out for 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. Once it’s healed, use your finger or thumb as normal. Moving it will stop it getting stiff.
Is it too late to fix broken finger?
A long delay between the time of the injury and the start of treatment for a broken finger could lead to poor healing, decreased range of motion or decreased grip strength. But, waiting just a few days usually isn’t a problem. For a bone to heal properly, it needs to be fixed in place, so it can’t move.
How do you unjam a finger?
Apply ice for 15 minutes each hour to bring down the swelling. If you don’t have ice, you can soak the finger in cold water instead. Keep your finger elevated above chest level. Take an over-the-counter pain reliever such as ibuprofen (Motrin, Advil) to ease any discomfort.
How do you prevent a finger injury in basketball?
Injury Prevention Tips
- Wear gym shoes that fit snugly, are non-skid and have high tops.
- Use a mouth guard, ankle braces and safety glasses.
- Warm up and stretch before each session.
- Use proper technique and follow the rules.
- Do not wear jewelry.
- Play on a clean, dry, safe surface.
Is Buddy taping good?
Background: Buddy taping is a well known and useful method for treating sprains, dislocations, and other injuries of the fingers or toes. However, the authors have often seen complications associated with buddy taping such as necrosis of the skin, infections, loss of fixation, and limited joint motion.
How do you wrap a jammed pinky finger?
Tips for buddy taping a sprained finger include:
- Cut a small piece of foam or cotton pad into a small rectangle roughly half the length and width of the injured finger.
- Cut two strips of non-stretch first aid or medical tape long enough to wrap around the finger.