How To Fix Jammed Finger?

Should you pull a jammed finger?

If you are like many athletes, one of the most common recommendations for an acute finger sprain is to “pull it out.” This should not be done. Pulling on any joint could create further stress on a newly injured ligament.

How do you fix a jammed finger fast?


  • Apply ice for 15 minutes each hour to bring down the swelling. If you don’t have ice, you can soak the finger in cold water instead.
  • Keep your finger elevated above chest level.
  • Take an over-the-counter pain reliever such as ibuprofen (Motrin, Advil) to ease any discomfort.

Can a jammed finger heal in 2 days?

If a jammed finger is not severe and there is no reason to suspect a fracture, it can be self-treated at home. Below are treatment measures that can help alleviate pain and swelling while the sprain heals. Temporarily immobilize the finger. Temporarily splinting the finger for 1 to 2 days is okay.

Can you straighten a jammed finger?

In one common injury the tip of the finger can’t straighten out. It droops into a flexed position, and can’t straighten without help. This is called a “mallet finger” and always needs intervention from a skilled medical professional. Ice your finger immediately after the injury to decrease swelling and reduce pain.

What does a fractured finger look like?

The main symptoms of a broken finger are pain immediately after the trauma, and sometimes a deformed finger. Usually within 5-10 minutes, swelling and bruising of the finger will occur and the finger will stiffen. Swelling may affect the adjacent fingers as well.

Does moving a jammed finger help?

Buddy taping helps protect the jammed finger while also improving its range of motion by allowing it to be a “buddy” to an uninjured finger. Temporarily splinting the finger for 1 to 2 days is okay. A temporary splint may be appropriate if moving the finger is very painful and/or a fracture has not been ruled out.

How long do jammed fingers stay swollen?

Jammed Finger Signs and Symptoms

A jammed finger or broken joint will cause pain, swelling, and immobility of the finger. Swelling may occur and last for a few weeks. The swelling should go down after a few weeks, but depending on the severity of the injury, the swelling may persist.

How do you pop a jammed finger back in place?

Start to bend it slightly–putting yourself only through minimal pain–as you work the swelling out of the joint. You know your body best so trust your pain tolerance. If it still hurts, don’t push it. In most cases, a little ice, a little rest and a little time is all that’s needed to mend a jammed finger.

What is the medical term for a jammed finger?

Jammed finger: Lay terminology that refers to an injury of the finger joints. The most common joint affected is the proximal interphalangeal joint (PIP), the joint formed by the first and second finger bones. A jammed finger occurs because of an on-end injury to the tip of a finger.