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Finger Sprains Overview

What are finger sprains?
A person with a finger sprain has stretched or torn the ligaments that support the joints of the finger. Ligaments are strong fibrous bands that hold the bones in place during movement. Sprains occur when the joint moves beyond the normal range of motion.

What are the symptoms of finger sprains?
Symptoms of finger sprains include finger pain, finger swelling, finger tenderness, bruising, and inability to move the finger without pain.

How does the doctor treat finger sprains?
Treatment for finger sprains may include rest, elevation, cold compresses, narcotic pain medications, splinting, and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications for pain. Some finger sprains require surgery.

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Last Updated: Feb 8, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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