What is a Sprained Finger?
A sprained finger occurs when the finger is bent somehow, causing damage to the ligaments that connect bones. It is common in ball games such as football, basketball, cricket, handball etc. You may also hear a finger sprain described as staved finger.
It is typical for the ligaments at the side of the finger (collateral ligaments) to be damaged.
Symptoms of a Sprained Finger:
- Pain over the joint in the finger where the damage has occurred.
- Pain when bending the finger and stressing the injured ligament.
- Possible swelling over the joint.
- You have restricted mobility and movement of the finger.
- Instability in the finger if the injury is severe or a complete rupture of the ligament has occurred.
Sprained Finger Treatment
Depending on the grade of injury, you can start to feel better within days to just a few weeks of the damage. Your physiotherapy treatment will aim to:
- Reduce pain and inflammation.
- Normalise joint range of motion.
- Strengthen your hand, grip and wrist.
- Protect your injured ligaments
- Improve your hand dexterity
- Improve your hand function, e.g. writing, typing, eating, grooming, picking up, carrying, lifting.
We strongly suggest that you discuss your finger injury after a thorough examination from your hand therapist or a hand surgeon.
Common Wrist & Hand Pain or Injuries
Welcome to the Common Wrist & Hand Pain page, where we provide valuable information on various conditions affecting the wrist and hand. Traumatic injuries like broken wrists, fingers, and thumb sprains can cause significant discomfort.
Overuse injuries like carpal tunnel syndrome, de Quervain's tenosynovitis, and repetitive strain injury can result from repetitive motions. Additionally, degenerative or systemic conditions such as hand or wrist arthritis and rheumatoid arthritis can lead to chronic pain.
We also offer a range of treatment options, including general management strategies, early injury treatment techniques, ergonomics, and physiotherapy modalities like joint mobilisation, muscle treatment, support and protection methods, pain relief approaches such as acupuncture and dry needling, as well as electrotherapy and local modalities like heat packs and TENS machine.
Please click the links below for more information.
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
- de Quervain's Tenosynovitis
- Muscle Strain
- Overuse Injuries
- RSI - Repetitive Strain Injury
- Wrist Tendinopathy
Degenerative or Systemic Conditions
Common Wrist & Hand Pain Treatments
- Early Injury Treatment
- Avoid the HARM Factors
- What to do after a Muscle Strain or Ligament Sprain?
- Sub-Acute Soft Tissue Injury Treatment
- Online Workstation Assessment