How Do I Treat a Jammed Finger?

by Anthony Carter on March 7, 2011


treating jammed fingerA jammed finger is undoubtedly a painful experience; this is the type of pain that would have even the most timid individual swearing like a rapper. This is a common type of injury and it is likely that almost all of us will have experienced this pain at least a couple of times. The fact that this is such a common occurrence means that there have been many home treatments created to deal with it. While it is understandable that people want to be able to treat this condition themselves it is always advisable to get the advice of a medical expert. In the meantime here are a few ideas for how you might treat a jammed finger.

So How Do I Treat a Jammed Finger?

Before we move onto treatments for this type of injury it is worth considering what happens when we jam our finger in a door or other item. In a lot of cases the finger will only be jammed enough to cause minor tissue damage but at other times it can be a bit more serious than this. One of the potential injuries is called stoving and what happens here is that the finger is pushed into its socket causing a lot of discomfort. In some cases this will mean that the finger has been broken or dislocated.

After you jam your finger there will likely be a bit of swearing but after you get this under control the next thing that you will want to do is assess the damage. If there are signs of dislocation, a fracture, or lack of movement in the area then this will be the signal that you go right away to your local hospital for treatment. While mending the finger shouldn’t be too much of a problem it will need to be treated by a doctor. If there is nerve damage though this could potentially be more serious and will need prompt attention.

If you are confident that nothing is broken and you can still move the finger slightly then there are some things you can do to ease the pain. If movement causes a lot of pain then you will want to immobilize the area; you do this by creating a splint. If you have something like an ice pop stick then this can be ideal for this but otherwise you will need to improvise. Whatever you use to splint the finger will require some type of wrap to keep it in place.

Elevating the finger can help as it would with injuries elsewhere in the body. You might also want to take some prescription pain killers, but only if you don’t feel there is any need to go to the hospital. If you feel there is the need to be seen by a doctor then you shouldn’t take any medication until it has been prescribed at the hospital. If you are in any doubt about the injury always err on the side of caution and see your doctor.

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