Quick Answer: How Long Will A Jammed Finger Be Swollen?

How do you Unswell your finger?

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 long does a jammed finger take to heal?

Most of the time a jammed finger will get better on its own within a week or two. But even with treatment, your finger may stay swollen or sensitive for many months. During recovery, try to use the finger as little as possible while it heals. Take a break from sports or other activities that could worsen your injury.

How do I know if Ive broken my finger?

Frequently, you have immediate pain after trauma and sometimes a deformed finger either at a joint (commonly a dislocation) or through the bone as a fracture. If there is no deformity, a person will typically feel a sharp pain at the injury site. You may not always be sure the finger is broken and try to bend it.

Do jammed fingers get bruised?

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. If you injured your hand and are experiencing swelling and bruising, the best way to know for sure is to get an x-ray of your fingers.

What do doctors do for a jammed finger?

Doctors commonly treat a jammed finger with a splint, which is a brace that keeps the finger straight and stable while the damaged ligaments heal. Another option is known as buddy taping or wrapping, where the injured finger is taped securely to a non-injured finger for support.

How do you tell if your finger is jammed or dislocated?

Symptomsyour finger joint looks crooked or misshapen.your finger bone appears dislodged, such as sticking out to one side.you have swelling and bruising around the joint.you have pain around the joint.you are unable to move your finger.

When should I be worried about a jammed finger?

A jammed finger can be a common sports injury, and it’s usually nothing to worry about. But, if pain in your finger lingers, you probably should have a physician check it out.

Is it normal for a jammed finger to swell?

A jammed finger is typically a sprain to the joint or knuckle, of the finger. There may also be a small fracture or dislocation of the joint. The injury can be extremely painful, and the joint usually becomes swollen. A jammed finger is a common sports injury.

How long should a sprained finger be swollen?

With severe sprains, it is common for the swelling and stiffness to last 5-9 months (this is not a typographical error!). A small number of patients do experience complications such as re-injury, joint instability, arthritis, or inflammation where the ligament attaches to the bone.

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 does a jammed finger look like?

A jammed finger is swollen, hard to bend and somewhat painful. It is a common basketball injury. If your finger looks crooked or dislocated or is unbearably painful, see a doctor immediately. You may have broken your finger, which is more serious.

What would cause swelling in one finger?

Autoimmune diseases, such as lupus, can cause fingertip swelling. The autoimmune disease that most commonly causes fingertip swelling is arthritis, including psoriatic arthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. Arthritis causes joints to swell and stiffen.

Can a jammed finger be permanent?

Even if the injured finger looks normal and can move normally, it may require medical treatment. The anatomy of the finger joint is complex, and several types of injuries can result in permanent problems if they are left undiagnosed or untreated. Buddy strapping is a common treatment for a jammed finger.

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.