Finger Sprain

ExitCare ImageA finger sprain happens when the bands of tissue that hold the finger bones together (ligaments) stretch too much and tear.

HOME CARE

  • Keep your injured finger raised (elevated) when possible.

  • Put ice on the injured area, twice a day, for 2 to 3 days.

  • Put ice in a plastic bag.

  • Place a towel between your skin and the bag.

  • Leave the ice on for 15 minutes.

  • Only take medicine as told by your doctor.

  • Do not wear rings on the injured finger.

  • Protect your finger until pain and stiffness go away (usually 3 to 4 weeks).

  • Do not get your cast or splint to get wet. Cover your cast or splint with a plastic bag when you shower or bathe. Do not swim.

  • Your doctor may suggest special exercises for you to do. These exercises will help keep or stop stiffness from happening.

GET HELP RIGHT AWAY IF:

  • Your cast or splint gets damaged.

  • Your pain gets worse, not better.

MAKE SURE YOU:

  • Understand these instructions.

  • Will watch your condition.

  • Will get help right away if you are not doing well or get worse.