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Finger Sprain


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Swelling
  • Try to do this every 1 to 2 hours for the first 3 days (when your child is awake) or until the swelling goes down. Put a thin cloth between the ice and your child's skin.[m.kp.org]
  • Ice helps with swelling, inflammation, and pain. C ompression—Wearing an elastic compression bandage may help prevent swelling. It also supports the finger and nearby tissues.[winchesterhospital.org]
  • Part 1 Inspecting Your Finger Visually 1 Look for swelling on the sides of your finger if it was bent sideways. Swelling is one of the primary signs of a sprained finger.[wikihow.com]
Pain
  • Any finger injury will be painful, but the degree of pain you feel will indicate how seriously the finger is sprained. [7] If the finger still hurts 48 hours after the incident, it’s most likely sprained, since pain from a lesser injury should go away[wikihow.com]
  • Sprains can cause pain and swelling. It may take weeks to months before your child's finger can move easily and without pain. Resting the finger for a short time after the injury can help your child heal.[m.kp.org]
  • Ice helps with swelling, inflammation, and pain. C ompression—Wearing an elastic compression bandage may help prevent swelling. It also supports the finger and nearby tissues.[winchesterhospital.org]
Weakness
  • Risk Factors Here are some factors that may raise your risk: Playing sports where you use your hands, such as basketball or volleyball Poor coordination or balance Weak ligaments Symptoms Having this problem may cause: Pain in the finger Swelling Diagnosis[winchesterhospital.org]
Inflammation
  • Ice helps with swelling, inflammation, and pain. C ompression—Wearing an elastic compression bandage may help prevent swelling. It also supports the finger and nearby tissues.[winchesterhospital.org]
Unable to Bend
  • Go to a local Urgent Care center or Emergency Room if you’re unable to bend your finger after the incident or if the pain from the injury prevents you from going about your daily routine. 2 Describe your finger injury to the doctor.[wikihow.com]
Fracture
  • Rondo, who missed 17 games with a fractured third metacarpal in his right hand before returning Dec. 21, had 15 points, five rebounds and 10 assists to pick up the slack Tuesday after LeBron James exited with a groin injury.[nba.com]
  • Rondo had just returned Dec. 21 after missing the previous 17 games following surgery to repair a fractured third metacarpal in his right shooting hand.[espn.com]
Musculoskeletal Pain
  • Topical NSAIDs for acute musculoskeletal pain in adults. Cochrane Database Syst Rev.2015;(6):CD007402. Sprains and strains: What's the difference? Ortho Info—American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons website. Available at: . Updated July 2015.[winchesterhospital.org]
Muscle Spasm
  • Sprains are also commonly accompanied by muscle spasms. [6] So, if you notice that your finger is twitching or bending on its own, it’s probably sprained. 3 Note how much pain you feel in the sprained finger.[wikihow.com]
Poor Coordination
  • Risk Factors Here are some factors that may raise your risk: Playing sports where you use your hands, such as basketball or volleyball Poor coordination or balance Weak ligaments Symptoms Having this problem may cause: Pain in the finger Swelling Diagnosis[winchesterhospital.org]
Tingling
  • If your child's fingers are taped together, make sure that the tape is snug but not so tight that the fingers get numb or tingle. You can loosen the tape if it's too tight.[m.kp.org]

Treatment

  • After the pain and swelling have gone down, the doctor may recommend exercises to strengthen your child's finger or more treatment if needed. Follow-up care is a key part of your child's treatment and safety.[m.kp.org]
  • Treatment may include: RICE Therapy RICE therapy may be advised to reduce discomfort: R est—Take a break from the activity that caused the pain.[winchesterhospital.org]

Prevention

  • However, in many cases, sprains cannot be prevented.[winchesterhospital.org]
  • Go to a local Urgent Care center or Emergency Room if you’re unable to bend your finger after the incident or if the pain from the injury prevents you from going about your daily routine. 2 Describe your finger injury to the doctor.[wikihow.com]

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