A jammed finger can really put a damper on your day.
This is especially true if you’re an athlete who needs his or her hands to perform well in a game of finesse. Here are a few things you should do to help treat a jammed finger.
First, you should take a look at whether or not you can even move your finger. It’s likely that the joint will be swollen, but if it is so painful that you can’t move it (or if it is crooked) you should definitely head over to the hospital just to get it checked out.
A broken finger can’t usually be fixed at home, at least not that I’m aware of.
Once you’ve assessed whether you can move it, get some ice and wrap it around the joint. This will help reduce the swelling and some of the pain.
You should hold ice on your finger for 20 minute intervals each hour until the pain has decreased. If your pain is at a manageable level, it’s time to grab some medical tape.
You’ll use the medical tape to hold your finger in place.
Your injured finger should be taped to a healthy finger that is right next to it. The healthy finger acts as a splint to hold your injured finger in place.
On the left you can see a great example of this. This is sometimes referred to as buddy taping.
You should also take a pain reliever like ibuprofen to help with the pain and inflammation.
That’s about it.
The best thing to do now is just relax and try not to move it much.
A jammed finger could take a couple weeks to heal if it is a really bad one. But if you use the simple tips above, chances are you’ll be ready to get back on the field much sooner than that.
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