Jammed Finger

by Sam Malone

Jamming one's finger in door or any other contraption would not only be rather painful, but depending on the heaviness on the impact, it would even cause significant long term damage. Given the fact that our fingers play a very significant role in our everyday lives - there is always a good chance that they are going to suffer from some kind of damage. Almost each and everyone of us is likely to have suffered from a jammed finger at some point of time or the other which could cause immense pain to the individual. Besides this, other injuries like stoving where the entire finger is shoved rather forcefully into its socket also causes tremendous pain or maybe even a sprain. One of the more obvious signs of jamming is when you notice that your usually straight finger is bent. Other common symptoms of the same include inflammation, redness, discoloration and an inability to move ones fingers easily. Most people, when experiencing dislocated finger swelling, will choose to ignore the sprain and allow it to heal on its own or ask a close companion to help ease the discomfort. However, it is highly recommended that the patient seek out a trained health care professional with some experience in how to treat a jammed finger. This is because only such professionals would straighten the finger in a proper way without any long-term complications.

If the jammed finger symptoms happen to persist for an unreasonably long time, it is highly recommended that you approach a medical professional for care. A consultation with the doctor is important especially if there is a substantial amount of pain experienced with every movement as it could indicate a fracture. In the case of a minor fracture, a broken finger splint will be very effective in treating the jammed finger. Another very effective treatment for a jammed finger is known as 'buddy taping'. This is primarily achieved by taping the injured finger onto one of the adjacent fingers as it provides a layer of protection to its adjacent fingers. Although jammed fingers are a natural occurrence, learning about steps that one can take to reduce the risk of jammed fingers will help significantly. Regular finger exercises would help develop the finger strength to a significant level. One of the best and most effective exercises is to place a tennis ball in the palm of the injured hand and squeeze on it as much as you can until the pain is unbearable for a period of about 5 seconds. After this, slowly relax your hands and rest it for a period of about 5 seconds before repeating the exercise again.

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