Finger Sprains Treatment
Treatment for finger sprains usually includes rest, elevation, cold compresses, pain medications, and splinting. Some severe finger sprains may require surgery to repair the torn ligaments surrounding a joint.
Treatment for finger sprains includes:
- Cold compresses:
- Apply for 20 minutes at a time, 2 to 3 times per day
- Finger splint for finger sprain
- Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications for pain
- Narcotic pain medication:
- May help to support a very swollen hand
- Long term immobilization in a sling can lead to frozen shoulder.
- If you wear a shoulder sling for longer than two weeks make sure you perform shoulder range of motion exercises twice a day to avoid frozen shoulder.
- Reduction of the finger dislocation:
- Relocation of the misaligned bones
- Physical therapy for finger sprain
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Finger Sprains Questions For Doctor
The following are some important questions to ask before and after the treatment of finger sprains.
Questions to ask before treatment:
- What are my treatment options?
- Is surgery an option for me?
- What are the risks associated with treatment?
- What are the complications I should watch for?
- How long will I be on medication?
- What are the potential side effects of my medication?
- Does my medication interact with nonprescription medicines or supplements?
- Should I take my medication with food?
Questions to ask after treatment:
- Are there any medications or supplements I should avoid?
- When can I resume my normal activities?
- When can I return to work?
- Do I need a special exercise program?
- Will I need physical therapy?
- Will I need occupational therapy?
- What else can I do to reduce my risk for having this injury again?
- How often will I need to see my doctor for checkups?
- What local support and other resources are available?
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