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Shneph posted:
I was playing basketball an I jammed my finger there is a little bruising and swelling in the middle joint. I can bend it halfway down but it hurts whats wrong
ExercicePolice responded:

I had the same problem you have a while back. It is bothersome and gets in the way of doing things, but most of all I know how it hurts.

Here's what I advised and worked for me. Rest the injured finger; icing the finger 15 minutes every hour for the first 48 hours; I bought a splint from a drug store to compress the finger in order to keep it from bending; when resting keep the finger elevated above chest level. After 48 hours, switch over from ice to heat.

If symptoms persist or worsen, or if full mobility does not return in a matter of days, be sure to see an orthopaedic physician. Your physician will likely take X-ray to rule out a finger fracture, and may prescribe anti-inflammatory medications to help reduce swelling. Your physician may also prescribe a customized stretching and strengthening program during the rehabilitation stage. Formal therapy may be required if its more severe. You should be ok after resting it and icing it.

Hope this helps, God bless.

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