Story by: Sara Thompson on September 27, 2022
Jammed fingers happen when a blunt force strikes the end of a finger. Basketballs or volleyballs are common culprits of the blunt force. The ligament at the finger’s middle knuckle hyperextends (stretches beyond normal) and becomes stretched or torn. The finger can appear bruised, red or swollen. It may be bent or crooked, or it might be difficult to bend the finger or grasp objects.
There is no quick way to ‘fix’ a jammed finger.
Unfortunately, a coach can’t pull a jammed finger out. The tendon has been injured and needs time to heal.
You don’t have to be an elite athlete to get specialized sports medicine care from the Norton Sports Health team. Our fellowship-trained specialists work together to design customized treatment programs.
Symptoms of a jammed finger depend on the severity of the injury. Unless there is reason to suspect a broken bone, a jammed finger can be treated at home.
If you believe the blunt force was enough to break the finger or there is a deformity see a medical provider. They might need to X-ray the area. If the finger is crooked or bent, don’t try to straighten it out. If symptoms such as pain and swelling fade but there is still a limited range of motion, there might be a partial dislocation. You might benefit from seeing a hand surgeon so you can be sure everything is treated and healing properly.
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