Non-operative finger sprain treatments

A sprain is when a ligament, which connects bones together, is stretched or torn. When your finger is sprained you can usually treat it with R.I.C.E.: rest, ice, compression, and elevation.

Sprains may be treated at home, but it can be hard to tell if you have a sprain or if your finger is broken. If your finger does not improve or gets worse, or you think you may have broken it, see a doctor for an x-ray.

To treat a sprain in your finger, don’t use the finger you hurt/ the hand you hurt. Put ice on the injured finger periodically, always wrapping it in a towel first. Wrap it in a compression bandage, but be careful not to make it too tight. Regularly hold the hand up higher than your heart to reduce swelling.

Anti-inflammatory pain medication may be taken.

If your finger isn’t improving, talk to your doctor about a splint and tape, or if surgery is needed.

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