So You Jammed Your Finger?

by John Indalecio
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How many times have you hurt your finger during a volleyball or basketball game, family wrestling match, or even tucking in your sheets while making the bed? Sometimes it goes away after a few days or a week. Other times you may need medical attention. If your finger can’t move like normal – if you can’t bend or straighten it with normal effort, or if you feel sharp shooting pain – you may have an injury that you can’t fix yourself.

The three cylindrical bones of the finger (the phalanges) are in line with each other and require ligaments to help them remain aligned while the tendons flex and extend the fingers. Ligaments attach bone to other bone. When a finger is jammed, the stress along the joints can cause any of these structures to fail: ligaments can tear, tendons can rupture and bones can fracture.

If the sides of your finger are red and swollen, it could be a ligament sprain of one of the collateral (side) ligaments. If it’s tender on the bottom, you may have bent your finger backwards (another ligament injury). A sprain can be mild (overstretched) to severe (a large portion is torn or completely detached). Sharp pain could signal a break.

In one common injury the tip of the finger can’t straighten out. It droops into a flexed position, and can’t straighten without help. This is called a “mallet finger” and always needs intervention from a skilled medical professional. Contact a hand surgeon (an orthopedic specialist in conditions of the upper extremity) for proper management.

It’s also good to make a mental note of the injury: date of injury, what you were doing, how it happened, what force and what angle was the force directed, and what position your finger was in during the accident. This information can help guide your treatment and recovery and avoid a similar injury in the future. Ice your finger immediately after the injury to decrease swelling and reduce pain.

If you’re having continued pain and difficulty with motion, a visit to a hand doctor is a good idea to prevent long-lasting deficits and get you back to full mobility.

John Indalecio is an occupational therapist and certified hand therapist at the Hand Therapy Center at Hospital for Special Surgery.

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Comments

blayne says:

Hey, durimg a wrestling match an incredible series of cracks occured and my adrenaline caused me to ignore it. However it has been three days and if anything its gotten worse. I can bend it, but not fully down, or side to side with extreme pain and im not a wuss trust me. Im 15 and dont have insurance so pleasee help meee.

HSS on the Move says:

Hi Blayne, thank you for reaching out. Unfortunately, we are not able to answer your question because you are under the age of 18. It is best for you to consult with your treating physician with a parent.

Logan says:

Hi, I have the same problem as blayne. Im 18, I got injured during a middle of a football game. please help me.

HSS on the Move says:

Hi Logan, thank you for reaching out. It is best for you to seek consultation with a physician so that they can determine the best course of treatment. If you wish to receive care at HSS, please contact our Physician Referral Service at 877-606-1555 for further assistance.

brittany says:

do u know how to fix a jammed figer

HSS on the Move says:

Hi Brittany, thank you for reaching out. It is best for you to consult with your treating physician to get a better diagnosis. If you wish to receive care at HSS, please contact our Physician Referral Service at 877-606-1555 for further assistance.

Ronelza roos says:

A cricket ball hit my finger on the inside of my hand. It”s been 2 months now still swollen and cannot bend it into fist shape. Sharp shooting pain in knuckle. X-ray shows no break and have been seeing hand specialist. They are forcing me to bend it and the pain is chronic.

HSS on the Move says:

Hi Ronelza, thank you for reaching out. It is best for you to consult with your treating physician for a better diagnosis. If you wish to receive care at HSS, please contact our Physician Referral Service at 877-606-1555 for further assistance.

Ash skies says:

I was playing volley ball and I do not know how it jammed. The top of my finger is movable, but the bottom half is swollen and shows signs of bruises. What should I do? I have put ice when it happened, but I”m nervous.

HSS on the Move says:

Hello, thank you for reaching out. For more information on sports injuries of the hand, please visit http://www.hss.edu/conditions_sports-injuries-of-the-hand.asp. It is best for you to consult with a physician in person so they can better advise. If you wish to receive care at HSS, please contact our Physician Referral Service at 877-606-1555 for further assistance.

Hariharan says:

My little finger injured when i played cricket. Still i have pain for more than 20 days. I”m scaring about it. Will it cure or not..

HSS on the Move says:

Hello, thank you for reaching out. For more information on finger injuries, please visit http://hss.edu/condition-list_finger-injuries.asp. If you wish to receive care at HSS, contact our Physician Referral Service at 877-606-1555 for further assistance.

Ian cooper says:

When I was playing basketball I had jammed my finger
Going for a pass.When I looked at the tip it looked bent downwards and I couldn’t bent it down its been about two weeks and the bottom of the middle part is still swollen to this day and I can’t bend it downwards an it still hurts
What happened ???

HSS on the Move says:

Hi Ian, thanks for reaching out. Occupational Therapist John Indalecio says “Sounds like something you need to see a hand doctor about. if there isn’t active motion of the joint, it could involve a tendon injury.” If you wish to receive care at HSS please contact our Physician Referral Service at 877-606-1555 for further assistance.

April says:

I angrily hit a hard surface with a hammer punch with my right hand and my hand started tingling then the pain came and now it hurts to separate my middle and ring finger. My ring finger now sits closely to my middle finger and it is not swollen

HSS on the Move says:

Hi April, thanks for reaching out. For more information on hand injuries, click here: http://www.hss.edu/conditions_sports-injuries-of-the-hand.asp#.U6CGwJRdXTo. If you wish to receive care at HSS, please contact our Physician Referral Service at 877-606-1555 for further assistance.

courtney says:

Hi there. So roughlytwo weeks ago I caught my finger in a floor fan that had the front cover off. There were plastic blades. A piece comparable to a nickel is what broke off (not into my finger though, just painting a picture of the force). The blade cut the side of my middle finger right at the middle knuckle. Instant swelling. The pain was so strong that I crawled under my bed with hotsweats because I was so uncomfortable and could barely stand. I’m not squeemish just to put that out there. About twenty minutes later I made it to the bathroom where I felt I was going to be sick (very unusual for me). I felt light headed and all I could think about was the pain and needing to make it to my bed to lie down. I didn’t get sick in the bathroom but I did end up vomiting on the carpet in my room (ten to twenty feet away, I didn’t make it to my bed). It was a good amount of puke. After that I started feeling a little better so I went to go wake up my grandfather to have him look at my finger. I was very worried something was wrong with my knuckle. I just couldn’t tell, I was a little out of it. He looked at it and to him it didn’t look broken. I finally calmed down, with pain still in my knuckle. The next day my knuckle was swollen, visibally, but not to the point where I couldn’t see my knuckle or anything like that. I could still bend it. Now some time has passed, my cut is almost healed completely, but my knuckle is still swollen (no bruising ever occurred) about the same size. If I do normal hand movements or open my hand wide to “stretch it out” I feel pain in the bone that would connect to that finger. I have to push a little but I can find the pain too my messing with my hand. My other hand has no identical pain in any of the movements. I don’t think it could be broken, I could be wrong, but I didn’t know if there was anything else, maybe fluid build up or something, that I should be aware of. I’ve thought about going to a doctor but I’m not sure its the right idea? I don’t like hospitals either. I can close and open my fist. I guess my question is, what are the realm of things that could be happening to my knuckle and maybe some simple things I can do at home to help make my knuckle get all better. The pain I feel now isn’t excruitiating. Or is it worth going to actually get it checked out?

HSS on the Move says:

Hi Courtney, thanks for reaching out. If you wish to receive care at HSS, please contact our Physician Referral Service at 877-606-1555 for further assistance.

Raymond says:

I jammed my thumb I m 21 years old. I was playing basketball can you help me unjam it?

HSS on the Move says:

Hi Raymond, thanks for reaching out. If you wish to receive care at HSS, please contact our Physician Referral Service at 877-606-1555 for further assistance.

moses says:

I was running around drunk and fell on my hand so i don’t remember what exactly happened. It’s been 2 weeks and the swelling has gone down and i can make a full fist and extend my fingers. It feels tight when I am extending my fingers but it seems like it’s healing but i have some odd bumps around my joint. Would it just be swelling?

HSS on the Move says:

Hi Moses, thank you for reaching out. For more information on hand injuries, visit http://www.hss.edu/conditions_sports-injuries-of-the-hand.asp. If you wish to receive care at HSS, please contact our Physician Referral Service at 877-606-1555 for further assistance.

Brittany R says:

At softball practice a softball hot my right index finger. My index finger became double jointed the second it was hit. My finger was swollen two times it’s normal size. While my finger was swollen it was purple, blue, and black. The most of the swelling went down but my finger is still fairly bigger than normal. It’s been three weeks since this happened and my finger is still double jointed and bigger than normal. What does it mean? How should I take care of it?

HSS on the Move says:

Hi Brittany, thank you for reaching out. It is best that you see an in-person consultation with a physician so they can better advise. If you wish to receive care at HSS, please contact our Physician Referral Service at 877-606-1555 for further assistance.

Lynn says:

Hi, one week ago today, I fell by missing a step in the basement. I bang my head pretty bad, scraped my left elbow, and hurt my right shoulder. I did go to the doctor but because of my other injury’s, I never noticed until a couple of days later that my middle finger on my left hand was hurting. I iced it, and it did feel a little better. But here it is a week later and it still hurting. I can’t straighten it or bend it without pain. I try to force it ,with pain and it feels better. But as soon as I stop it tightens up again, and it goes back to the beginning. Do you think I should go back to the doctor, or is this something that will just take some time to heal? Thank you.

HSS on the Move says:

Hi Lynn, thank you for reaching out. It would be best for you to consult with your treating physician so they can determine the best course of treatment. If you wish to receive care at HSS, please contact our Physician Referral service at 877-606-1555 for further assistance.

John says:

Hi there! I have a slight problem. I was playing basketball and the ball hit off the rim and slammed right into my ring finger. I can bend it all the way with minimal effort or pain. It still kinda hurts whenever I put it on ice. Any solution?

HSS on the Move says:

Hi John, thank you for reaching out. John Indalecio, Certified Hand Therapist, says: “I would encourage you to keep it moving as long as it feels okay. Put a barrier between ice and your skin like a pillowcase or couple of layers of paper towel. After 72 hours post-injury, ice has little effect on swelling, but may continue to help with pain relief. It might be wise to go easy on it for a while (avoid gripping exercises for the next couple of weeks). The swelling can take a long time to go away-up to a month or two. If you still feel like pain, swelling or limitations persist, consult a hand surgeon.” If you wish to receive care at HSS, please contact our Physician Referral Service at 877-606-1555 for further assistance.

Visar says:

I jammed my finger during a football match in September, and it has fully healed except for now, I can’t bend the 2nd ligament all the way down, do you know if this will heal with time or if I should consult a doctor?

HSS on the Move says:

Hi Visar, thank you for reaching out! We think it would be best if you consult a physician so they can determine the best course of treatment. If you wish to receive care at HSS, please contact our Physician Referral Service at 877-606-1555 for further assistance.

jaylin says:

About two weeks ago my light bulb busted in my hand and not a cont bend my thumb. What should i do?

HSS on the Move says:

Hi Jaylin, thank you for reaching out. It would be best to seek an in person consultation with a physician so that they can determine the best course of treatment. If you wish to receive care at HSS, please contact our Physician Referral Service at 877-606-1555 for further assistance.

Gemini.M says:

I was playing basket ball and I went to catch the ball but it bent my fingers back an it really hurts. I Put ice on it but I cant bend it or straighten it out. It feels really numb and its swollen. What should I do? I also would like to know if it”s broken or fractured or just sprained but I have great difficulty moving my fingers

HSS on the Move says:

Hi Gemini, thank you for reaching out. It would be best to seek consultation with a treating physician so they can determine the best course of treatment. If you wish to receive care at HSS, please contact our Physician Referral Service at 877-606-1555 for further assistance.

kizer says:

Hello I needsome advice iv woken up this morning with my finger on my right hand very sore I can”t bend it past certain points up or down every ten mins or so I”ll get a serious pain shooting up and down my finger as I move it my finger clicks and feels slightly better but there is still pain.
I”m not sure how this happened but need advice asap please

HSS on the Move says:

Hi Kizer, thank you for reaching out. John Indalecio, Certified Hand Therapist, says: “It sounds like an alarming experience, but without seeing you, I’m not able to provide a proper diagnosis. I would consult a hand physician. Helpful information to provide a health care professional includes determining severity, specific location, as well as duration of pain. Note other conditions and symptoms that occur and position of the hand/digit when symptoms are noted. It is the patterns of occurrence that will be most helpful in localizing the problem. “ If you wish to receive care at HSS, please contact our Physician Referral Service at 877-606-1555 for further assistance.

Lexi says:

My friend threw a basketball at me today and it hit my thumb, now it hurts like heck to straighten or bend it also hurts to move it up and down.

HSS on the Move says:

Hi Lexi, thank you for reaching out. It would be best to consult with a physician so that they can determine the best course of treatment. If you wish to receive care at HSS, please contact our Physician Referral Service at 877-606-1555 for further assistance.

makeleta says:

I jammed my finger taking my daughters bed apart, in between a metal pole it was jammed for about 5 seconds after I had excruciating pain run down my hand but the felt better after pitting ice on it..however 3 days later I have a numb tingling feeling In the tip of my finger that got jammed! Is it serious or something that will get better on its own?

HSS on the Move says:

Hi Makeleta, thank you for reaching out. We advise that you consult with a physician to determine the best course of treatment. If you wish to receive care at HSS, please contact our Physician Referral Service at 877-606-1555 for further assistance.

leslie says:

what is the point in this thread?? it seems like every question asked gets a go to your physican answer?!?! i Thought the point of these were to help ppl who cant just go to their physican?!?!

HSS on the Move says:

Hi Leslie, thank you for sharing your input. We make the recommendation of consulting or scheduling an appointment with a physician when the submitted question or inquiry regarding their case can be answered in person as each case is different in nature. Please contact us via email at socialmediacontact@hss.edu if you have any further questions.

Natalie says:

Hi, I had basketball tryouts and my finger hit the ball and my finger went back I think. But, during September and November, I fractured it. And the finger I hurt at basketball was the same finger. So u think I fractured it again because I can”t make it straight but I can bend it a little.

HSS on the Move says:

Hi Natalie, thank you for reaching out. Because of your injury, you may wish to consult with a physician to rule out any significant injury. If you wish to receive care at HSS, please contact our Physician Referral Service at 877-606-1555 for further assistance.

Beverly says:

I was on my iPad and all of a sudden I could not move my right thumb (it was bent as if I was holding up the other four fingers) it lasted about 10-15 minutes…freaked me out of course what”s up with this?

HSS on the Move says:

Hi Beverly, thank you for reaching out. John Indalecio, Certified Hand Therapist, says: “I understand how this experience would frighten you. I would consult a hand physician. Helpful information to provide a health care professional includes determining severity, specific location, as well as duration of pain. Note other conditions and symptoms that occur and position of the hand/digit when symptoms are noted. It is the patterns of occurrence that will be most helpful in localizing the problem.” If you wish to receive care at HSS, please contact our Physician Referral Service at 877-606-1555 for further assistance.

Mike says:

I was at a wrestling tournament two days ago and someone landed on my pinky finger. I am unable to bend it up or down and the pain is very sharp
And almost numb. It is incredibly swollen.

HSS on the Move says:

Hi Mike, thank you for reaching out. Because of your injury, you may wish to consult a physician to rule out any significant injury. If you wish to receive care at HSS, please contact our Physician Referral Service at 877-606-1555 for further assistance.

Karen says:

I fell the other day outside on on sidewalk the next day the tips of my fingers started to hurt now they throb & itch they get warm at times they are not broken they got stubbed through the fall my question is how do I stop them from hurting?

HSS on the Move says:

Hi Karen, thank you for reaching out. Because of your fall, you may wish to consult a physician to rule out any significant injury. If you wish to receive care at HSS, please contact our Physician Referral Service at 877-606-1555 for further assistance.

Dan says:

Hello, its been six weeks into my dislocation/avulsion fracture of proximal end of the intermediate phalangeal bone. The bone has healed but the joint itself is still very stiff. I”m curious about how long it usually takes with daily exercise of the finger in order for it to fully extend and bend. As of now, it won”t straigten and it definitely won”t bend all the way.

HSS on the Move says:

Hi Dan, thank you for reaching out. John Indalecio, Certified Hand Therapist, says: “I am glad that the bone is now healed. It sounds like the joint was affected- your PIP joint- is a very stubborn joint. It stays swollen for a long time (possibly months), and becomes (and stays) stiff. It is a surprisingly complex area, and can require weeks of intervention to regain normal function. You may be ready to see a hand therapist. A therapist can fabricate devices to increase extension (straightened) position of your finger, as well as strategies to regain your flexion (bending). A therapist can also help you find the appropriate time to begin straightening. Although regaining normal flexibility and strength is your ultimate goal, you may require other therapeutic techniques before strengthening is beneficial.” It is best for you to consult with your treating physician so that they can determine the best course of treatment. If you are interested in receiving care at the Hand Therapy Center, please contact us at 212-606-1660 for further assistance.

Jennifer says:

When I try to close my middle finger together with my other finger & my middle finger cant even stand up

HSS on the Move says:

Hi Jennifer, thank you for reaching out. We best advise that you go in and consult with a physician for better advisement. If you wish to receive care at HSS, please contact our Physician Referral Service at 877-606-1555 for further assistance. For more information on the Physician Referral Service at HSS, visit http://www.hss.edu/physician-referral-service.asp.

Amit says:

Myright hand baby finger gets injured during volleyball match,1month ago,on the left Side of the finger is red and swollen.

HSS on the Move says:

Hi Amit, thank you for reaching out. It would be best for you to consult with a physician so that the can determine the best course of treatment. If you wish to receive care at HSS, please contact our Physician Referral Service at 877-606-1555 for further assistance. For more information on the Physician Referral Service at HSS, visit http://www.hss.edu/physician-referral-service.asp.

pedro perales says:

About 2 weeks ago i tripped and reach out to catch my balance , when i did so my pinky finger bent . I looked at my pinky and it was dislocated i quickly moved it back to place and was able to move it normal. But now the side of my finger looks crooked and i cant bend it all the way down. I can strighten it with no problem and move and vend a little but not all the way. Do you think i have some torn ligaments?

HSS on the Move says:

Hi Pedro, thank you fro reaching out. It would be best for you to seek consultation with a physician who can determine the best possible treatment. If you wish to receive care at HSS, please contact our Physician Referral Service at 877-606-1555 for further assistance.

Alexis Rodriguez says:

Hello I just did a lab for physics and my finger got jammed /shot at with a hard small ball. My finger was hit a the top of it behind the nail bed. Its currently red and swollen and has small patches of dark red. There’s a pain when I try to curl my finger in ward, and the temp of my finger is hot. Do you think I need to go to the doctor or just ice it and should be fine.? Thank you

HSS on the Move says:

Hi Alexis, thank you for reaching out. John Indalecio, Certified Hand Therapist, says: “Jamming the finger into a ball causing redness and swelling at the base of the nail could be an issue if you’re not able to fully extend or straighten. I would suggest seeing a hand surgeon for the best diagnosis. A mallet finger affects the extensor tendon. These must be managed properly (including patient instruction) or they can fail quite easily. It’s also important to seek help within a few days of the injury for best success.” If you wish to receive care at HSS, please contact our Physician Referral Service at 877-606-1555 for further assistance.

Jazmine says:

Does it hurt when they fix a jammed finger? I was playing basketball and jammed my 3 middle fingers, and today it still hurts and is swelling a little, I can move it just fine, but it hurts when i put pressure on it. It can hurt at the base of my nail if i put pressure there, but i can straighten it just fine, it also doesnt seem very red, it just has the normal pinkish tone that the rest of my fingers do. Is this normal after a hard jam? My other fingers are fine.

HSS on the Move says:

Hi Jazmine, thank you for reaching out. John Indalecio, Certified Hand Therapist, says: “After an injury swelling and discomfort can remain for many weeks. If motion is the same as the unaffected hand it is generally a good sign. Swelling alone, however, can limit the ability to bend fingers fully. Tenderness at the base of the nail and an inability to strengthen the tip of the finger requires medical attention. You mentioned strengthening which is something that remains on hold until after the acute phase of injury (0-4 weeks, or longer). Strengthening too soon can stress healing tissues and compromise one’s full recovery. If there is any doubt that the injury is improving, it is recommended that a specialist, particularly a hand surgeon evaluate the injury.” If you wish to receive care at HSS, please contact our Physician Referral Service at 877-606-1555 for further assistance.

Kathleen says:

Me and my brother where jumping on my trampoline I fell because he pushed me and I landed on my finger. It””””s not bruised and the swelling went away when I put ice on it. But I can””””t straighten it or bend it all of the way. So I was wondering if it””””s broken or fine? Thank you.

HSS on the Move says:

Hi Kathleen, thank you for reaching out. It would be best for you to seek an in-person consultation with a treating physician so that they can determine the best course of treatment. If you wish to receive care at HSS, please contact our Physician Referral Service at 877-606-1555 for further assistance. For more information on the Physician Referral Service at HSS, please visit http://www.hss.edu/physician-referral-service.asp.

amanda says:

I injured my finger over a week ago and it is still discolored but doesn’t seem to still be swollen. The main pain is in the middle joint and I cannot bend the finger filly or straighten it all the way no matter how hard I try. It’s causing pain in my wrist, but that could be because I have to write and type while it’s in a splint. Is it jammed or possibly broken?

HSS on the Move says:

Hi Amanda, thank you for reaching out. It would be best for you to seek an in-person consultation with a treating physician so that they can determine the best course of treatment. If you wish to receive care at HSS, please contact our Physician Referral Service at 877-606-1555 for further assistance. For more information on the Physician Referral Service at HSS, please visit http://www.hss.edu/physician-referral-service.asp.

John Francis Forges says:

I got hurt in a basketball game someone hit my finger and it really hurt any way I talked to some friends that study medicine told me it was just a sprain ir jan but it has been 6 weeks and my finger is still swollen and I can’t by any way bend my finger the tightest way

HSS on the Move says:

Hi John, thank you for reaching out. Sorry to hear about your finger. If you would like to seek consultation at Hospital for Special Surgery, please contact our Physician Referral Service at 877-606-1555 for further assistance. The Physician Referral Service will assist in ensuring that patients are connected with the physician that best meets their needs. For more information, visit http://www.hss.edu/physician-referral-service.asp.

Steven says:

Hi I was playing with a rugby ball and my friend kicked it and I jammed my middle and index fingers and today when I woke up under the second nuckle is all purple and hurts to the touch and I can bend them please help. Thank you

HSS on the Move says:

Hi Steven, thank you for reaching out. It would be best for you to seek an in-person consultation with a treating physician so that they can determine the best course of treatment. If you wish to receive care at HSS, please contact our Physician Referral Service at 877-606-1555 for further assistance. For more information on the Physician Referral Service at HSS, please visit http://www.hss.edu/physician-referral-service.asp.

makenzy says:

Hi.
I jammed my finger playing catch with a football with one of my friends last friday. (this means it has been 10 days) I read online and it said it only takes a couple of days for the jam to work itself out but thats not the case for me. My finger cannot straighten completely straight. It still straightens, but not like it used to/like my other finger. It is my ring finger and its super annoying. Also, when i try and bend my finger, i can bend it to about 90 degreees but physically can not move it further unless i am in A LOT of pain. I iced it and didn’t use it for a couple of days and really don’t know whats wrong. The knucle area is sensitive to the touch, but only in certain areas. Please let me know what i should do. thanks!

HSS on the Move says:

Hi Makenzy, thank you for reaching out. It would be best for you to seek an in-person consultation with a treating physician so that they can determine the best course of treatment. If you wish to receive care at HSS, please contact our Physician Referral Service at 877-606-1555 for further assistance. For more information on the Physician Referral Service at HSS, please visit http://www.hss.edu/physician-referral-service.asp.

Chelsea Taylor says:

I fractured my middle finger and ring finger about 5 months ago and they still hurt. If i hit my hand on something by accident or if someone squeezes it. And also those two fingers won’t pop. It hurts extremely bad when i try to but i don’t understand why it still hurts or why they won’t pop

HSS on the Move says:

Hi Chelsea, thank you for reaching out. It would be best for you to seek an in-person consultation with a treating physician so that they can determine the best course of treatment. If you wish to receive care at HSS, please contact our Physician Referral Service at 877-606-1555 for further assistance. For more information on the Physician Referral Service at HSS, please visit http://www.hss.edu/physician-referral-service.asp.

kathleen smith says:

hi there, i work with agency within a laundry and today i was opening a cage to get to sheets and i swung back the gate and my finger was caught within the side wall of the cage and between the gate, as the gate swung open and went all the way back my finger met the full force. i informed my supervisor and got first aid, i had tolay down as due to the shook i felt dizzy and sick and began to sweat which i was told was because of the shock.they asked me if i wanted to go to hospital and i said i didnt think it needed looking at so they bandaged my finger and i carried on with my duties (not as fast as i usually do) its my middle left finger and from the top phalange to my tip it is purple with red spotted dots and my nail is also bruised, my finger tip is twice the size of my others and the full finger itself has actually been slightly bent, when i touch the tip it feels like my finger is going to pop! this occured at 0945 and i have been in pain since, was getting sharp shooting pains which would just take me by surprise, im at home now with the bandage off and because i am not moving it around so much the pain has dulled, apart from feeling very tender it also feels like i have pains and needles on the tip. i dont want to hassel my doctor so i thought i would google it and this is when i have come across your blog which is very helpful. thank you for taking the time to reply. kind regards :)

HSS on the Move says:

Hi Kathleen, thank you for reaching out! Sorry to hear about your incident. We’re glad our article was beneficial to you. Best wishes to you on your recovery! If you wish to seek consultation at HSS, please contact our Physician Referral Service at 877-606-1555 for further assistance.

Brianna Roby says:

I was jumping on my trampoline and when i tried to do a flip, i landed on my thumbs (both of them) and it just bent forward and its been hurting since 5pm… They both hurt but my left hand hurts about 3 times as much as the other. Please help me, i domt know what to do. It happened today at 5pm

HSS on the Move says:

Hi Brianna, thank you for reaching out. John Indalecio, Certified Hand Therapist, says: “I would recommend you see an orthopedic hand specialist sooner rather than later. While some injuries do resolve on their own, you may prefer to have a diagnosis in order to prevent further injury (if your injuries need protection, or other intervention to heal properly). Thumbs are particularly important to everyday function so you might consider this if you decide to seek medical help. Hand surgeons are specialists with the hand and arm. While surgery frequently is not required, good diagnostic skills are. Think of hand surgeons as problem solvers with the ability- when necessary- to solve problems surgically rather than by conservative means (immobilization, steroids, therapy, etc.).” If you wish to receive care at HSS, please contact our Physician Referral Service at 877-606-1555 for further assistance.

sadie says:

todAy when I was playing soccer I was goalie and I was about to catch the ball and then the bal hit like the top of my fingers or in middle and now it really hurts and I can’t bend it with out pain

HSS on the Move says:

Hi Sadie, thank you for reaching out. It is best to seek a consultation with a physician as soon as possible so that they can determine the best course of treatment. If you wish to receive care at HSS, please contact our Physician Referral Service at 877-606-1555 for further assistance.

Elis says:

Hey there, I trapped my finger in a door last night. I put some ice on it immediately and then went to bed. Today I””ve tried moving it, it””s a little less swelled but it looks bruised and I can””t bend it fully. Should I seek medical attention or just wait it out?

HSS on the Move says:

Hi Elis, thank you for reaching out. John Indalecio, Certified Hand Therapist, says: “I would recommend that you seek medical care and in particular an orthopedic hand specialist. Getting an appropriate diagnosis can serve to prevent further injury, and hand surgeons have the diagnostic skills to help address any possible issues.” If you wish to receive care at HSS, please contact our Physician Referral Service at 877-606-1555 for further assistance.

Lindsay says:

I don””t know how it happened but the bottom part of my finger hurts when I move it and Touch it also it””s swollen. It has no Bruising Or any thing it””s been a Month now and it””s still swollen and the pain hasn””t gone away Can it be fractured?

HSS on the Move says:

Hi Lindsay, thank you for reaching out. It would be best for you to seek an in-person consultation with a physician so they can examine your finger appropriately. If you wish to receive care at HSS, please contact our Physician Referral Service at 877-606-1555 for further assistance.

Lindsay says:

The bottom part of my finger hurts when I move it, touch it, it””””s also swollen, but no bruising. Can it be a fracture? Or a nerve/ muscle . But it””””s been hurting the last month and a half. Can you tell me what””””s wrong? Or have any ideas?

HSS on the Move says:

Hi Lindsay, thank you for reaching out. John Indalecio, Certified Hand Therapist, says: “As the symptoms you describe could be attributed to a number of factors, I would recommend you see an orthopedic hand specialist sooner rather than later. Hand surgeons have the critical skills to provide you with a comprehensive diagnosis and help you address the root cause of the pain that you’re experiencing.” If you wish to receive care at HSS, please contact our Physician Referral Service at 877-606-1555 for further assistance.

Mia says:

I think I sparined my finger from one of my sisters friend jumping on it and it hurts everytime I move it and is still “curved” and my knuckle on the finger is bruised, it””s been a week. Is that bad. Should I go to the doctor?

HSS on the Move says:

Hi Mia, thank you for reaching out. We think it would be best if you sought an in-person consultation with a physician so that they can better advise the condition of your finger. If you wish to seek care at HSS, please contact our Physician Referral Service at 877-606-1555 for further assistance.

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