A jammed finger is a sprain of the ligaments supporting the joint. This injury is sometimes known as Basketball Finger since it often occurs when the hand comes into contact with the ball. This condition can range from a mild sprain to complete dislocation.
What to do when you hurt your finger playing basketball?
- 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 protect your fingers when playing basketball?
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.”
Should you pull a jammed finger?
If you are like many athletes, one of the most common recommendations for an acute finger sprain is to “pull it out.” This should not be done. Pulling on any joint could create further stress on a newly injured ligament.
Do jammed fingers get bruised?
Depending on how badly you injured yourself, it may be hard to tell the difference between a jammed and broken finger. While jammed fingers are less serious than a fracture, you will still experience bruising and swelling; and even with a broken bone, you may have a limited range of motion.
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 tell if finger is jammed or dislocated?
Common symptoms of a jammed finger include:
- Pain in the finger’s PIP joint, which can be dull and mild for a slight sprain or sharp and throbbing for a severe sprain.
- Swelling and redness in the PIP joint, which may be more evident when comparing the affected finger with the others.
Can you pop your finger back into place?
Most simple finger dislocations can be put back into place easily. Full function in the injured finger will usually return. Mild or moderate discomfort or disability can continue for 12-18 months. You may expect some permanent swelling or disfigurement of the injured joint.
How long does it take to unjam a finger?
A jammed finger is an injury to the tendon that straightens the tip of your finger. A piece of bone may be pulled away with your tendon. Your injury may take 4 to 8 weeks to heal.