Sprained Finger

Sprained Finger

 

Article by I.Kelly, J. Ferguson, S. Tobin

What is a Sprained Finger?

A sprained finger occurs when the finger is bent in some way, causing damage to the ligaments which 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.
  • 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:

  1. Reduce pain and inflammation.
  2. Normalise joint range of motion.
  3. Strengthen your hand, grip and wrist.
  4. Protect your injured ligaments
  5. Improve your dexterity
  6. 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.

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