Dr. David J. Bozentka answers your questions about jammed fingers and what to do about them.
Why should I be concerned about my jammed finger?
A “jammed” finger is a common injury due to direct force to the tip of a finger. The injury may occur during a variety of activities such as a thrown ball or a fall onto the hand. It often leads to pain, swelling and the inability to move your finger well. In general, a jammed finger means there is an injury to the middle joint of the finger, called the “proximal interphalangeal joint” (PIP joint). Ligaments, tendons or bones can be involved. Many people assume it will get better, so they delay treatment, but early treatment is important to prevent permanent stiffness and deformity in your finger.
What should I do if I have a jammed finger?
As with most joint injuries, you should initially rest, ice and elevate the finger to decrease swelling. A finger splint can be used for comfort.