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Finger Sprain

What are Finger Sprains?

Injuries that involve minor tearing or stretching of the ligaments of fingers are called sprains. Sprains in the fingers are most often caused from a fall, especially when an outstretched arm is used to break the impact.

Symptoms of Finger Sprains

Some of the symptoms of finger sprains include:

  • Reduction in your ability to grasp items
  • Pain immediately after the injury
  • Swelling and bruising
  • Redness and tenderness

Diagnosis of Finger Sprains

Finger sprains are diagnosed with a physical examination of the hand.  Abnormalities can be found by manipulating fingers in various positions. Your doctor may also suggest imaging tests such as X-rays or MRI to determine the exact location of the injury.

Treatment of Finger Sprains

The symptoms of finger sprains can be managed by applying ice packs and taking anti-inflammatories. Frequently, buddy taping to the adjacent finger is recommended.  Hand therapy is often needed to aid in the recovery. Surgical treatment is very rare and is typically only required in complex cases, or when the ligament is completely torn.