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A NOTE FROM OUR NURSE ~ December 2017

 
 

Common Finger Injuries
Now that basketball season has arrived, I often see students who report “jammed” fingers. Below are
some helpful tips from the American Academy of Pediatrics.
Diagnosis
Comparing the injured finger to the same uninjured finger on the opposite hand is always helpful.
Seek medical care if the finger does not have its usual range of motion or it looks abnormal when
compared to the opposite uninjured finger. Most injuries to the finger involve a direct blow to the tip
or forcing the finger beyond its usual range of motion. Damage can involve bone, muscle, tendon, and
ligament. Pain, swelling, and deformity are common. If the child cannot actively move the finger in all
directions or the finger is deformed, immediately call your pediatrician. A “jammed” finger is a sprain
of the joint-supporting ligaments without an associated fracture (broken bone).
Treatment
Rest, ice, and elevation are good first therapies for all acute injuries. Treatment for most finger
injuries involves: protection, immobilization (to hold the injured finger in the correct position to
heal), and rehabilitation (to restore the finger to a healthy and useful condition).
If there is very little or no swelling, minimal point tenderness, and normal appearance and the finger
has a full range of motion, parents may “buddy-tape” the finger until it no longer hurts. Simply tape
the injured finger to an adjacent finger (preferably a longer, uninjured finger) to provide protection
and immobilization.If you are uncomfortable with the length of time needed for healing or have any
questions, call your pediatrician.

Susan Quigley, RN, NCSN

December 2017 Tiger Times