Training Time: Jammed Finger
Training Time with Max Benton
Max Benton is the Cavaliers Athletic Trainer and tends to the immediate medical needs of the team’s players. Most of his duties center around preventative medicine, treatment, and rehabilitation.
This information should not be used as diagnosis of a particular condition and is intended only to be informative. If you are experiencing symptoms of any kind, please consult a doctor.
A jammed finger is a common sports injury and it painful as well. Jammed fingers generally do not show up in non-contact sports (track and field, swimming), but more so in contact sports (football, basketball) where the fingers jam when hitting the floor or ground or when a ball hits the finger straight on.
WHAT IS IT?
A jammed finger, sometime called a mallet finger, refers to joint swelling in the finger from an end-on injury. Extremely painful, they occur when the tendon in the finger is stretched or torn, or the bone attached to the tendon is broken off. They require immediate treatment to start and aid healing and will take anywhere from four to eight weeks to heal completely.
WHAT ARE THE CAUSES?
An injury results when the finger is hit on something or when the finger is jammed against an object.
WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS?
You may notice some or all of the following symptoms:
WHAT ARE THE TREATMENTS?
You will most likely want to contact your physician and he or she will likely order X-rays on your finger. A splint is often recommended to keep the fingers immobile. Occasionally, surgery may be required.
In addition to visiting with your doctor, you may want to observe these steps to promote healing:
Your finger should start feeling better by taking these recommended steps. However, if you are experiencing any of the following symptoms, please call your doctor: