Baseball Finger Treatment
Treatment for baseball finger usually includes splinting the finger in an extended position. If the injury involves a fracture only, then the splint is required for 5-6 weeks. However, if the injury involves the tendon, the splint is required for 6-8 weeks. The splint holds the finger in position so that the structures can heal. The splint must be in place continually. In some cases, a wire is surgically placed through the bones, in order to hold the structures in proper alignment.
Treatment for baseball finger includes:
- Rest the hand
- Apply a cold compress:
- Wrap ice in a moist hand towel. Do not apply ice directly to the skin.
- Apply for 20-30 minutes, every 1-2 hours, for the first few days.
- Elevation of the hand above the heart
- Baseball finger splint:
- Holds the finger in the proper position, which allows the tendon or bone to heal
- The splint should be applied continuously for 6-8 weeks.
- Surgery for baseball finger:
- A wire holds the bones in proper alignment.
- Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications for pain:
- Ibuprofen (Motrin, Advil, Nuprin, NeoProfen)
- Ketoprofen (Actron, Orudis, Oruvail)
- Naproxen (Anaprox, Naprosyn, Aleve)
- Narcotic pain medication:
- For moderate to severe pain
- For short term use only
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