So You Jammed Your Finger?

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How many times have you hurt your finger during a volleyball or basketball game, family wrestling match, or even tucking in your sheets while making the bed? Sometimes it goes away after a few days or a week. Other times you may need medical attention. If your finger can’t move like normal – if you can’t bend or straighten it with normal effort, or if you feel sharp shooting pain – you may have an injury that you can’t fix yourself.

The three cylindrical bones of the finger (the phalanges) are in line with each other and require ligaments to help them remain aligned while the tendons flex and extend the fingers. Ligaments attach bone to other bone. When a finger is jammed, the stress along the joints can cause any of these structures to fail: ligaments can tear, tendons can rupture and bones can fracture.

If the sides of your finger are red and swollen, it could be a ligament sprain of one of the collateral (side) ligaments. If it’s tender on the bottom, you may have bent your finger backwards (another ligament injury). A sprain can be mild (overstretched) to severe (a large portion is torn or completely detached). Sharp pain could signal a break.

In one common injury the tip of the finger can’t straighten out. It droops into a flexed position, and can’t straighten without help. This is called a “mallet finger” and always needs intervention from a skilled medical professional. Contact a hand surgeon (an orthopedic specialist in conditions of the upper extremity) for proper management.

It’s also good to make a mental note of the injury: date of injury, what you were doing, how it happened, what force and what angle was the force directed, and what position your finger was in during the accident. This information can help guide your treatment and recovery and avoid a similar injury in the future. Ice your finger immediately after the injury to decrease swelling and reduce pain.

If you’re having continued pain and difficulty with motion, a visit to a hand doctor is a good idea to prevent long-lasting deficits and get you back to full mobility.

John Indalecio is an occupational therapist and certified hand therapist at the Hand Therapy Center at Hospital for Special Surgery.

The information provided in this blog by HSS and our affiliated physicians is for general informational and educational purposes, and should not be considered medical advice for any individual problem you may have. This information is not a substitute for the professional judgment of a qualified health care provider who is familiar with the unique facts about your condition and medical history. You should always consult your health care provider prior to starting any new treatment, or terminating or changing any ongoing treatment. Every post on this blog is the opinion of the author and may not reflect the official position of HSS. Please contact us if we can be helpful in answering any questions or to arrange for a visit or consult.

202 Comments

  1. Hi, so I was at school during P.E. we were playing “softball” and I tried to catch the ball. We had no gloves and my poor little pinky got caught in the very hard foam ball. This happened about the date of 9/12/2016 and to this day, 9/30/2016 ,my pinky is still throbbing and swollen. The bruising was purple then brown then gone. I’ve iced my pinky and used asper cream and massaged my pinky and it didn’t work. I’ve told my mother and school nurse, they just said to put ice on it. I cant fully close my hand into a fist without causing my pinky to start hurting again, should I go to the doctor? Is there an easier way to help the swelling go down and help the pain decrease?

    1. Hi — It would be best to consult with a physician with a parent or legal guardian to determine appropriate next steps.

    2. I was playing football and did something to my pinky too. my accident was the 20th of October this year and I got x-rays on the 25th or 26th and I’m still waiting on the results but my pinky is irregularly shaped and is twisting… plus pops at random times. Ice doesn’t help, medications don’t help, and the doctor isn’t doing anything either… and my mom tells me to keep bending it but I cant unless I use my other hand. the 3rd will be two weeks since I did it and nobody is helping me. I was told it was a possibly break or dislocation but haven’t gotten a call yet 🙁
      It hurts, I’m sad/ angry, and want it to go away. Hope I don’t have to much damage and I hope yours feels better too 🙂
      Wish you the best of luck.

      1. Hi Dottie- If you are interested in being seen by one of our physicians at HSS, our Physician Referral Service will be able to identify one for you to consider. They can be contacted at 888-720-1982. Best of luck!

  2. My son told me his finger hurt and was swollen for a few days about 2 weeks ago. I assumed he jammed it because he didn’t remember how he hurt it. He is 9. Last night he asked me to take him to the doctor, after no mention of it in the past 2 weeks, to get it checked out because there is a small bump on the side of his middle knuckle on his middle finger. There isn’t any swelling, he doesn’t complain of any pain and it doesn’t affect his daily life in any way. He even wrestles 3 days a week with no complaints. Could it be something more serious than a jam with no pain?

    1. Hi — It’s not uncommon to continue to have pain with movement after a period of immobilization. If you feel like your own management has left you questioning whether or not you handled this correctly, you should visit a specialist. Injuries are best handled by finding out what the problem is and then applying the correct treatment. Because finger injuries like the one you’ve had occur frequently, it may be worth it to wait a few days, but if pain (or deformity) persists, it’s best to get a skilled professional to evaluate for diagnosis and proper treatment.

  3. I was playing basketball and jumped up to get the ball, it ended up smashing into the tip of my right hand middle finger, It hurt when I was trying to bend it. The day after I put a splint on it and it has been around 3 weeks, and the pain still lingers. There is no discoloration and nothing looks weird about my finger. What is the best way to heal? I would like to know because I have played piano for 8 years and am struggling with the splint on. Please help 🙂

    1. Hi Levi- It’s not uncommon to continue to have pain with movement after a period of immobilization. If you feel like your own management has left you questioning whether or not you handled this correctly, you should consider seeing a specialist. Injuries are best handled by finding out what the problem is and then applying the correct treatment. Because finger injuries like the one you’ve had occur frequently, it may be worth it to wait a few days, but if pain persists, it’s best to get a skilled professional to evaluate for diagnosis and proper treatment.

  4. I fell onto hard tile and used my hands to stop the fall. Black eyes and facial wounds healing nicely. X-rays showed nothing broken or fractured but my index finger and top of hand still really hurt after 2 weeks and 800mg Motrin every 8 hours. How best to treat to heal? Don’t need a referral service, as I have a physician and have been to see him twice in 2 weeks. Heat seems to help. Need to get back to work.

    1. Hi Jann — You may want to check with your doctor to properly diagnose your problem. Soft tissue injuries (these don’t show up on x-ray) may have occurred. Injuries like these can be more specific than a general physician may be familiar with. Someone who is familiar with hand injuries in particular may be better equipped to ferret out less obvious conditions, and offer appropriate treatment.

  5. Hi, I jammed my thumb in football when someone ran their helmet into my thumb and it bent in an unnatural way, now it hurts on the palm side of my hand and the joint part of the back of my hand, and seems to be swollen, would taking a break seem necessary in this situation and should I be worried?

    1. Hi Renzo — Thumbs are of particular importance as they participate in at least 60% of a hand’s activities. If you have a hand or finger injury that appears “deformed” or won’t move properly we recommend seeking out a proper diagnosis: go to a local care facility, or emergency department at a nearby hospital. They can take care of any immediate concerns, and may be able to diagnose the injury. If the medic finds that the problem require further care, then locate a hand surgeon (an orthopedic surgeon who specializes in the diagnosis and care of the upper extremity). A hand specialist can be more attune to the complicated anatomy and concerns that come with injury. If you wish to receive care at HSS, please contact our Physician Referral Service at 877-606-1555 for further assistance.

  6. A month ago, I was practicing softball with no glove, and with my hands in a beggar position, the ball hit my index finger directly on the top knuckle. The pain was unbearable the day it happened and I couldn’t even bend my finger. Now it doesn’t hurt, and I can straighten my finger, but it can only bend halfway. I can push it down with my other finger, but at about 2/3 the way, it starts to hurt. There is also a small bump coming out of the left side of the top knuckle, where I was hit. What should I do?

      1. Hi Talia — A month can be a long time to go with an undiagnosed injury, and it may compromise your body’s ability to heal. We would recommend seeing a specialist– a hand surgeon. Surgeons are the best diagnosticians to provide appropriate care for your injury, whether it be immobilization, therapy, or surgery.

  7. Hi, I got my hand caught between a door and another object and I’m in immense pain. I have been the the doctors X-rays came back clear but it’s been a week and I’m still in a lot of pain and can’t straighten my thumb

  8. I accidentally got the top of my finger shut in the door.
    It hurts to make a fist, the top of my finger is bruised as well as the nail is bruised, and there are little red dots at the tip of my finger.
    What should I do and are the red dots just broken blood vessels or should I be concerned.

    1. Hi Claire– If you have a hand or finger injury that appears “deformed” or won’t move properly we recommend seeking out a proper diagnosis: go to a local care facility, or emergency department at a nearby hospital. They can take care of any immediate concerns, and may be able to diagnose the injury. If the medic finds that the problem require further care, then locate a hand surgeon (an orthopedic surgeon who specializes in the diagnosis and care of the upper extremity). A hand specialist can be more attune to the complicated anatomy and concerns that come with injury. If you wish to receive care at HSS, please contact our Physician Referral Service at 877-606-1555 for further assistance.”

  9. I injured my right ring finger yesterday trying to catch a football with one hand. Immediately after the football hit my finger, I had a sharp pain on the top joint of my finger. Any movement of the top joint was painful and when I wasn’t moving it, it felt numb. About 4 hours later, I taped it to my pinky finger and left it like that overnight. The next day, my finger didn’t feel nearly as painful, but I couldn’t bend it down to the position it would be in if I made a fist. I can still straighten it but when it comes to bending it all the way down it just doesn’t go.
    Any advice would be appreciated, I’m kind of freaking out.

    1. Hi Ezra, thank you for reaching out. It is best for you to seek consultation with a physician so that they can determine the best course of treatment. If you wish to receive care at HSS, please contact our Physician Referral Service at 877-606-1555 for further assistance.

  10. I have contusion in my knuckles and still hurting went to the er on friday still in pain I broke my hand before and it was a swan finger. What I do

    1. Hi Tina, thank you for reaching out. It is best for you to seek consultation with a physician so that they can determine the best course of treatment. If you wish to receive care at HSS, please contact our Physician Referral Service at 877-606-1555 for further assistance.

  11. I stubbed my little finger getting out of a cab about 3 weeks ago..as time goes on it is getting more and more painful! No visible sign that anything is “wrong” other than the finger seems to be moving away from other fingers when I hold hand out flat! It is painful when trying to make a fist and the finger is painful if I apply any pressure on it? More so from second joint towards knuckle? Will this just go away or do I need to see the Dr??

    1. Hi Joe- You may consider a consultation with an ER doctor, or later a hand surgeon. If you’d like to consider HSS, please contact our Physician Referral Service at 877-606-1555 for further assistance.

  12. I smashed my thumb in car door, smashed it so bad it started bleeding its been couple days now it hurts to bend .

    1. Hi Mannie- Thanks for your question. You should consider a consultation with a physician so that they can determine the best course of treatment. If you’d like to consider HSS, please contact our Physician Referral Service at 877-606-1555 for further assistance.

  13. So I was boating with my friends yesterday, and we went swimming. As I was climbing back into the boat a huge wave came and shoved me into the side of the boat. I felt my finger bend in an unnatural way. When I lifted up my hand my middle finger was at a 45ish° angle from the middle knuckle, and I immediately popped it back into place. I put ice on it, for a while, but it has a lot of swelling and my finger is bruised. Is this normal? I’m still abel to bend and straighten my finger. Do I need to splint it? How long should the swelling last for?

    1. Hi Sophia – Thank you for reaching out. It is best for you to seek consultation with a physician so that they can determine the best course of treatment. If you wish to receive care at HSS, please contact our Physician Referral Service at 877-606-1555 for assistance.

  14. So I was rollerblading and I fell. My middle finger was pushed back as I fell forward. My mum says it not a break or anything serious but it hurts in the center of the finger and isn’t straight I’ve had it for three days and the swelling is still there. There is a sharp pain when I bend it. What is it????

    1. Hi Shini- Go to urgent care immediately and follow up with a visit to a hand surgeon. A hand surgeon is the best person to provide a correct diagnosis and plan for recovery. -Dr. Indalecio

  15. During a game of ninja, i had my hand out and my friend karate chopped my thumb. It caused me pain instantly. However, after 25 minutes it eased. That was yesterday around 4:30-5pm. Today, my thumb is swollen, slightly purple, like it’s bruised, and there is a knot at my joint. It is like a huge bubble at my joint. It doesn’t really hurt unless I attempt to bend it however I’m not able to bend it at all. Should i keep icing it and let it rock or is the doctor needed?

    1. Hi Blake- Go to urgent care immediately and follow up with a visit to a hand surgeon. A hand surgeon is the best person to provide a correct diagnosis and plan for recovery. -Dr. Indalecio

  16. I bent my thumb back, way back, on June 18. It felt like it was jammed but I know it wasn’t. I really extended the thumb way to far back while standing on a ladder and trying to hold a box I was bringing down from the attic. Swelling yes, pain yes, I though it would get better but not so much. Finally I went to our local hospital had xrays and no broken bones. I left there very disappointed because they offered nothing more than, it’s not broken, I felt like I was wasting their time. However, my thumb is still very sore and has zero strength. There seems to be soreness on the top knuckle area which feels like a nerve or ligament problem. I can’t write very well because of pain, I can’t use my scissors or clippers because of pain and no strength. It is pushing a month now since I injured myself and I need to know what I should do.

    1. Hi Kate –

      It sounds like a soft-tissue injury needing an examination by a hand doctor ( an orthopedic surgeon who specializes in the upper extremity. )

      – Dr. Indalecio

  17. Hi! Hope you can help me, a friend backhanded my hand and had hit my pinky sideways and back. Massive pain until going to bed and swollen at the bottom of my pinky. I can’t push it sideways, bend it all the way into a fist or squeeze it against my ring finger. It is bruised at the bottom and I can’t press on my bone or socket near the area. Thanks!

    1. Hi Madison –

      This should have an X-ray and diagnosis by a hand doctor as soon as you’re able.

      – Dr. Indalecio

  18. Is it common for your wrist to hurt after an injury to a finger that may possibly be broken?

    1. Hi Angie- It is not uncommon to have multiple sites of pain or even injury. I would encourage you to be properly diagnosed by a physician. Urgent care for initial assessment and possible follow up with a hand surgeon. – Dr. Indalecio

  19. I snapped my fingers rather harshly and my thumb cracked and i felt a huge jolt of pain, then it faded away and now it feels like mu thumb is asleep, that numb, tingly feeling, but only in my thumb. I can still move it just fine, but if that feeling is cause by blood flow being inturrupted, should I worry?

    1. Hi Jenna – I would recommend going to urgent care and getting evaluated as soon as you are able. -John Indalecio

  20. I slammed my middle finger in my car door. The middle phalange was pinned for about 5 seconds before unlocking my door & freeing my finger. The skin was not pierced except just badly bruised. It’s been a week now & although I can slightly bend it, I cannot make a fist. It is still swollen & is still numb. It’s only painful when without trying is bending. Should I see a specialist? Could I possibly have a fracture?

  21. I jammed my finger back in March, I was on my way out of the country so i waited until i returned a week later. Got x-rays, they said it was fine, splinted it. It was very painful after another week, so i went to a hand specialist, same thing, except he said no need to splint it. Its been a little over 2 months now and the pain suddenly is as bad as it was when i hurt it. The swelling has never gone down. Is this something that just needs a lot longer to heal on its own?

  22. I was playing basketball with some family and friends and ball hit the rim came down I tried to catch it and it hit my thumb. it felt like it bent back and it hurt really bad next morning it was painful but I was still able to move my thumb. it wasn’t swollen or anything not even red or purple or colored at all it looked normal. just hurts but it feels like its slowly going away. This is the 4th day.

    1. Hi Angel – It would be best to see a physician for an appropriate diagnosis, preferably a hand specialist. If you are interested in receiving care at HSS, contact our Physician Referral Service at 888.720.1982

  23. Hi
    Last year, I hurt my thumb while creaking it. Now my thumb won’t bend and whenever I try to creak it the joints jam. I don’t know what to do, I had asked my doctor but the only reply I get that its gonna take time, while others say it gonna stay like that forever
    Can you help me out

    1. Hi Ashneel – It would be best to see a physician for an appropriate diagnosis, preferably a hand specialist. If you are interested in receiving care at HSS, contact our Physician Referral Service at 888.720.1982.

  24. Hi, 3 months ago my friend hit me on my finger.. its such a bad hit, i went to the hospital and they said that i’m okay and i can go home, but first time when i got the hit i didn’t go directly to the hospital … i went after a month from when i got hit and now 3 months and my thumb is kinda blocked it hurts only when i bend it, its 3 months and my thumb still hurt…. should i be worried??? (and pardon my english)

    1. Hi Scott- It would be best to see a physician for an appropriate diagnosis, preferably a hand specialist. If you are interested in receiving care at HSS, contact our Physician Referral Service at 888.720.1982.

  25. I was playing basketball about 2 weeks ago and a few of my fingers were pushed back toward the top of my wrist. Whenever my middle finger is hit in that same motion, there is a lot of pain in the knuckle closest to my hand. I feel like it should have healed by now. Whats wrong?

  26. I was in gym class and i was shooting around with people playing basketball then the ball hit the rim and hit my middle finger and it got swollen really quick i know it got jammed really bad

    1. Hi Destiny- Sorry to hear that happened to you. It would be best to schedule an evaluation with a physician or hand therapist as soon as you can so they can determine the best course of alleviating your pain.

  27. hello, on Friday (6 days ago) I slipped over in my hallway while holding a plate, the plate smashed on my index and middle finger causing a gash just below the knuckle. since then the cut has healed but my finger is still slightly bruised and I can not bend my finger into a fist position. it still hurts when I knock it on things but when I try to make a fist my skin feels like its stretched and going to rip around the knuckle section. I also cant bend the end of my finger by itself, I have to curl it under with my other hand. any advice please?

    1. Hi Billie- You would be well advised to have a medical professional take a look at this soon-the amount of time between an injury and the intervention can affect the outcome. Visit a hand surgeon as soon as possible.

  28. Hey, I recently ( yesterday ) tripped on a step and sort of broke the fall with my hand! I immediately felt pain in my finger and the next morning I noticed swelling?! Any ideas on what it could be?

    1. Hi Haylz – It would be best to see a physician for an appropriate diagnosis, preferably a hand specialist. If you are interested in receiving care at HSS, contact our Physician Referral Service at 888.720.1982 .

  29. I few weeks ago I noticed some tenderness in my left middle finger, this morning I can not move it with ease, it is throbbing and if I apply pressure at the base of my finger on the palm side, I am almost in tears… there is no visible bruising that is why I am stumped, I am clueless to what I would of done, its becoming some what of a challenge to type and that is what I do all day 5 days a week…

    1. Hi Andrea- It would be best to see a physician for an appropriate diagnosis, preferably a hand specialist. If you are interested in receiving care at HSS, contact our Physician Referral Service at at 888.720.1982.

  30. My pinky got cleated at football about two weeks ago, it was black and purple and fat as a sausage. But of course as an athlete I kept playing on it. At basketball yesterday I smashed it against the ball and someone’s back. My middle phalanx is where the pains at. If I press from the top, I have a sharp pain as well as from the side. Anything I should do so it heals??

    1. Hi Logan – It would be best to see a physician for an appropriate diagnosis, preferably a hand specialist. If you are interested in receiving care at HSS, contact our Physician Referral Service at at 888.720.1982.

  31. I jammed my thumb while playing basketball and it ended up being fractured(Broken). The worst part was when the doctor plays the bone back where it’s suppose to be. Best advice ask for pain killers before hand and ice ice ice!

  32. I jammed my pointer finger a few days shy of three weeks ago during a lacrosse game, I had the trainer look at my hand two days later and he said that it was not broken. However, at the joint of the finger, it’s still slightly tender when I make a fist or pull down on items. Will this eventually go away or is from an unresolved problem from the jamming?

    1. We’re sorry to hear that, Ellie. We’ve reached out to Certified Hand Therapist John Indalecio, who has responded with the following: “If you experience pain or if it doesn’t feel ‘right’- reach out to a hand doctor who can provide you with an accurate diagnosis and if needed, a splint. If you aren’t sure where to start, go through your primary care physician for a referral or recommendation.” If you would like to schedule an appointment at Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS), please contact our Physician Referral Service at 800-796-0482 for further assistance.

  33. So I smashed my pinky in my locker on Friday and its swollen and really painful and shifted over and I don’t know if its broken but nobody will believe me when I say it hurts really bad and I don’t know what to do

    1. Hi Sara- According to Certified Hand Therapist John Indalecio, “Urgent care might be the first line of defense if you don’t know where to go. Most urgent care centers should be able to do an x-ray and stabilize your injury, as well as provide you with a referral to a hand specialist if needed.”

  34. My middle and index finger got slammed in the door at work, they didn’t break but are still bruised after a week. And my wrist began hurting the next day or so when I was driving, is that common?

    1. Hi Sonia- According to John Indalecio, Certified Hand Therapist: “The relationship between the injury to your fingers and the pain in your wrist isn’t clear. I would recommend having a hand surgeon/hand doctor evaluate your condition.” If you wish to make an appointment at Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS), please contact our Physician Referral Service at 800-796-0482 for further assistance.

  35. The other day a ball hit my hand on the pinky side. it swelled up immediately, there is a faint bruise.. after the injury my hand was tingly and i had pains shooting up my arm. its been a few days and it still has a significant bump and there is pain when moving and it is very sore to the touch. Is it possible it is broken?

    1. “Hi Tori- Injured tissue, including bone, can become swollen and tender. Your continued tenderness suggests seeking out an orthopedist, preferably a hand doctor, in order to rule out a fracture and determine a proper course of treatment.” – John Indalecio, Certified Hand Therapist

  36. I was at a basketball game and I jammed my finger and after that I kept it wrapped up for about two weeks. But my finger still feels weird and hurts when I bend or put pressure on it in a certain way. I don’t know what’s wrong?

    1. Hi Sara, thank you for reaching out. John Indalecio, Certified Hand Therapist, recommends that you see a hand specialist, which is an orthopedic physician who specializes in the hand and upper extremity to properly diagnose and determine the best course of treatment.

  37. Yesterday I jammed my finger in a door I can move it but it REALLY hurts and it’s bruised and I thing my bone in a weird position I don’t
    Know if
    I should go to A&E or my GP

    1. Hi Roz, we spoke with John Indalecio, Certified Hand Therapist, and he strongly recommends that you consult with a hand therapist as soon as you can to determine the best course of alleviating your pain. If HSS is your destination of choice, you can call our Hand Therapy Center at 212-606-1660 for more information and assistance.

  38. I bent all my fingers backwards all are okay except my middle finger, i can move it easy, do everything with it but i have a big lump inside the hand between the proximal phalanges bone and the metacarpals bone that is very painful, it really hurts when i grab stuff and the lump comes in contact with the object..
    I would be glad to know what you think it is and what to do with it. Cheers

    1. Hi Amir, Ouch! Sorry to hear that happened. We asked John Indalecio, Certified Hand Therapist, for his thoughts and he suggested that you consult with a hand specialist or physician to better determine what the cause of injury is and the treatment process. If you would like to schedule a consultation at HSS, please contact our Hand Therapy Center at 212-606-1660 for further assistance.

  39. About 6 weeks ago during a wrestling match I landed on my thumb (Not sure which direction), and so I kept it in a cast for about a week and then started attending practice again. About 1 week later I jammed it again in practice, and again a week later. For the first week of the injury it hurt to move my thumb in a circle, but it doesn’t anymore. It hurts if anywhere on my thumb is hit, or if I bend it at the knuckle. When bent at the knuckle the thumb stops at about half way compared to normal and acts like it has reached its limitations(in other words its impossible for me to make a fist with my fingers wrapped around my thumb). Please help

    1. Hi Christopher, thank you for reaching out. According to Certified Hand Therapist John Indalecio, timing is so important with injuries. With that being said, it’s recommended to seek an orthopedic hand specialist sooner rather than later. They have the critical skills to provide you with a comprehensive diagnosis and help address the root of the pain you’re experiencing. If you wish to receive care at HSS, please contact our Hand Therapy Center at 212-606-1660.

  40. I Jammed My pinky last month. The selling is gone and i can movie it with no problem but the joint close to My knuckle hurts. This is a problem because i am a bóxer and need My handed. It hurts when pressure is put on it. Please help

    1. Hi Christopher, thank you for reaching out. John Indalecio, Certified Hand Therapist, says: “It’s difficult to assess with the symptoms you’ve listed here. If you feel that you’re injuring your finger more when your use it, as in the pain and swelling increases, you may want to consult with a hand doctor or hand surgeon.” If you’d like to schedule an appointment with one of our experts at the HSS Hand Therapy Center, please call 212-606-1660.

  41. I was yes to ask why might if mean if I was playing football and the ball bent my figure all the way back and got swollen. when my figure got more back to normal after a couple of days I noticed the base of my pinky feels fat or still a little swollen. My pinky can go straight and doesn’t need help but it still stings a little when I try to bend it all the way down. It hurts close to the knuckle area of my pinky . What can I do ?

    1. Hi Gilbert, sorry to hear that happened! We checked with John Indalecio, Certified Hand Therapist, and he suggested you have a hand surgeon take a look at this because timing is so important with injuries. Diagnosis and treatment can be compromised if managed incorrectly (i.e., late diagnosis or incorrect treatment). If you would like to schedule a consultation at HSS, please contact our Hand Therapy Center at 212-606-1660 for further assistance.

  42. I was at recess when someone bumps into me, sends me to the ground, and bends my pinky finger the way it souldn’t be bended. It isn’t sideways or anything like that, so I know it isn’t broken, but its really sore, and i can barely do typing. I came across this looking for wiki how, but this is all I found, so please help.

    (sorry for my grammar)

    1. Hi Jayden, thank you for reaching out. We are unable to answer your inquiry because you are under the age of 18. It is recommended that you consult with a physician with a parent or legal guardian so that they can determine the best course of treatment.

  43. I jammed my finger playing football, now the bottom of that fingernail is turning purple-ish. Should I be worried?

    1. Hi Ashton, thank you for your inquiry. We recommend that you consult with a physician so that they can be able to look at your finger and determine the best course of treatment. If you wish to receive care at HSS, please contact our Physician Referral Service at 800-796-0482 so that they can assist you.

  44. So I was outside with a wooden pole I was breaking toys then my finger shot a sharp pain then bended on its own and feels numb whats wrong with it i dont know what to do with it

    1. Hi Destiny, thank you for reaching out. Because of the level of pain that you’re experiencing, you might want to visit a local urgent care facility as they should be able to help you treat the symptoms and offer a referral to an orthopedist who specializes in hand if necessary.

  45. Last year I decided to join our varsity wrestling team here at Kelloggsville and when I was practicing with a friend I fell over towards the left and slightly landed on my right middle finger but, more of a hit. It healed but not the right way because It looks like a bone is sticking out of the left side of it. Its a bump on it and I can bend it but when I do I fell that sharp pain. What should I do? You think I’ll have to get it rebroken and put back in place the right way?

    1. Hi Tyrese, thank you for your inquiry. We recommend that you consult with a physician so that they can evaluate your broken finger and determine the best form of treatment. If you wish to receive care at HSS, please contact our Physician Referral Service at 800-796-0482 so that they can further assist you.

  46. A few weeks ago in my basketball practice I fell on my left wrist and at first I had shooting pains up through my wrist and the back of my hand, but now those are gone and within the last week I’ve noticed that the lower part of my thumb towards my wrist is swollen and it hurts to touch it. It also hurts when I hold things and sometimes when I’m like texting on my phone or something. Would wearing a brace at night help? Or should I go see a doctor?

    1. Hi Dal, thank you for your questions. In this case, we suggest that you request a consultation with a physician. If you wish to receive care at HSS, please contact our Physician Referral Service at 800-796-0482 so they can put you in touch with the right doctor for what you’re experiencing.

      1. I jammed two fingers this past Thursday, and when it first happened I got nauseous and it felt like my throat was swelling, so I kept ice on it and then splinted and immobilized both fingers. It’s been a few days now but I keep getting dizzy spells and have a sharp intermittent burning pain below one knuckle, and when I bend one of the fingers the middle knuckle seems to pop in and out. Should I go to the doctor?

        1. Hi Sarah, thank you for your question. As the symptoms you describe could be attributed to a number of factors, we would recommend you see an orthopedic hand specialist sooner rather than later. Hand surgeons have the critical skills to provide you with a comprehensive diagnosis and help you address the root cause of the pain that you’re experiencing. If you wish to receive care at HSS, please contact our Physician Referral Service at 800-796-0482 for further assistance.

  47. i bumped into my friend About 18 months ago my finger was swollen at first i didn’t know what to do so i left it alone it was red but it’s color changed back to normal it’s still swollen and it moves strangely i went to urgent care like a week after it happened they said it was a potential fracture and that i should see a hand surgeon i went there and he said its fine give it time to heal its been 18 months and it’s still messed up any advice?

    1. Hi Jake – If you’d like to call our Physician Referral Service for a second opinion, that number is 800-796-0482. We hope you feel better soon!

  48. Hi my brother just kicked my middle finger and it hurts i can make it straight but i have pains and when i try to bend it its like someone is stabbing my finger it fells like my bone is trying to get out of my flesh please help me

  49. Hi – I jammed my pinky playing volleyball three weeks ago and I still can’t make a full fist. Is it too late to see a physician? I’m afraid that it’s healed this way.

    1. Hi Sheila, thank you for reaching out. Here’s a response from the Hand and Upper Extremity Therapy Center at HSS: “If you feel like you’re not making any progress getting your hand to close fully and/or if you’re unable to strengthen your hand all the way, it may still be worth having a hand surgeon take a look at it. He or she will be able to make an appropriate diagnosis and help you decide on a course of treatment.” If you wish to receive care at HSS, please contact our Physician Referral Service at 877-606-1555 for further assistance.

  50. i badly cut my little finger from the tip to bottom in a cork screw direction , it almost cut the flesh off just missing the bone amazingly and i didn’t feel any pain , went to hospital they couldn’t stitch it cause of the way it cut,they more a less just put it back my flesh around the bone and a compressed bandage on , they said i must not move my finger in any way or it would not heal , now it looks fatter and misshaped , and i don’t av any feeling in it , if i put it under cold water in seconds it turns white and numb then pins needles , and i get all sorts ov pain in my hand going up my arm , doctors said when i did it i may av cut the lactose nerve i think that wt they said but they couldn’t tell till it healed , i struggle to move my finger bend it and to touch it feels rock hard , and it is like how can i say Its like i av toothache but in my little finger, lol I didn’t go back to hospital

    1. Hi, thank you for reaching out. We recommend that you consult with a physical therapist who can better advise your injury. If you wish to receiver care at Hospital for Special Surgery, please contact our Physician Referral Service at 877-606-1555 for further assistance.

    1. Hi Immy, glad to hear that your issue has been resolved! If the problem persists in the future, don’t hesitate to consult with a physician.

  51. I woke up with a jammed finger. I haven’t jammed a finger EVER, but I think it might have to do with me cracking my knuckles. There is a- OMG! There’s not a slope anymore! Miracle XD but there is a bruise. I want to know if it had something to do with cracking knuckles, I just have the urge to and can’t stop…

  52. Hi there! I was playing softball and i slid into third base with my hands on the ground and my thumb got jammed back. It just happened earlier today but my thumb is swelled a bit and it hurts but not really bad. On a scale from 1-10 i would say the pain when i bend it is about a 6. I can tell its not broken. And how long does it take for a jammed finger like mine to heal? Should I go to a doctor? thnx for the help!!!

    1. Hi Chloe, thank you for your note. John Indalecio, Certified Hand Therapist, says: “I would recommend a visit to an orthopedist who specializes in the hand. The thumb is used for most activities and so if you’ve strained a ligament that helps the thumb move optimally, your hand surgeon could recommend something as simple as a splint to protect it as it heals. Don’t leave it to chance and risk dealing with long term issues with your thumb.” If you wish to receive care at Hospital for Special Surgery, please contact our Physician Referral Service at 877-606-1555 for further assistance.

  53. I was eating dinner and my finger started hurting a lot. I thought it would get away after a while. The next day when I woke up, the pain was unbearable. It was swollen and my finger bone was very sore when I touched it. It felt like someone was cutting it with an ax (note the sarcasm) I can’t bend it or anything.It just started hurting and now it’s worse. What do you think is wrong with it?

    1. Hi Kate, thank you. John Indalecio, Certified Hand Therapist, says: “The symptoms you seem to be describing suggest that there was some kind of injury to the finger. Because of the level of pain, you might want to visit a local urgent care facility. They may or may not be able to diagnose the issue, but they should be able to help you treat the symptoms, and offer a referral to an orthopedist who specializes in hand if necessary.”

  54. I was tucking my bed sheets. I just felt a snap sensation. I checked my hand & my ring finger was bent at the tip. It doesn””””t hurt but it looks awful. Will my finger get back to normal eventually, or do I have to seek profesional help?

    1. Hi Pattie, thank you for reaching out. Alexandra MacKenzie, Occupational Therapist and Certified Hand Therapist, says: “While it isn’t possible to provide a diagnosis without seeing your finger, the symptoms you describe are consistent with a condition called ‘mallet finger.’ This is a fairly common injury that is not painful. If that is what it is, it will not heal on its own- it will need to be splinted straight. You would benefit from seeing a physician to make the diagnosis. The earlier this is treated, the better the prognosis for a successful result.” If you wish to seek consultation at HSS, please contact our Physician Referral Service at 877-606-1555 for further assistance.

  55. I think I sprained my finger from one of my sisters friend jumping on it and it hurts every time I move it and is still “curved” and my knuckle on the finger is bruised, it’s been a week. Is that bad. Should I go to the doctor?

    1. Hi Mia, thank you for reaching out. We think it would be best if you sought an in-person consultation with a physician so that they can better advise the condition of your finger. If you wish to seek care at HSS, please contact our Physician Referral Service at 877-606-1555 for further assistance.

  56. While I was playing soccer and I was the goally, the ball hit my hand and right after whenever I tried to move it, I would feel a shooting pain up my pinky. Afterwards, my pinky was swollen and bruised. My finger also pointed away from my hand. It was jammed so I pulled on it and un-jammed it. It healed faster and the swelling went down but the finger is very sore and is still pointing the wrong way. I””m not going to a doctor because I don””t think it””s too serious, but I want to know how to make it straight again.

    1. Hi Hannah, thank you for reaching out. Alexandra MacKenzie, Occupational Therapist and Certified Hand Therapist, says: ?It is difficult to know if you fractured your finger or dislocated a joint without an x-ray. If your finger is pointing the wrong way, that may be indicative of something more serious. The small finger is very important to the overall function and strength of your hand- I recommend seeking medical attention to make sure it is not broken. You may eventually need hand therapy to work on gaining more range of motion.? If you wish to seek consultation at HSS, please contact our Physician Referral Service at 877-606-1555 for further assistance.

  57. I was trying to catch a football and my finger hit it straight on and I think it pushed it back and at first it was numb and I couldn’t move I then I could and it’s a little bruised and swollen.
    I don’t know if it’s broken or jammed. I bought a splint and it sometimes aches when I have it in the splint

    1. Hi Madison, thank you for reaching out. Alexandra MacKenzie, Occupational Therapist and Certified Hand Therapist, says: ?You may have either dislocated a joint, fractured a bone in your finger or just strained the ligaments. It?s hard to know without an x-ray: the course of treatment depends on what structures were injured and how badly. You would benefit from seeking a diagnosis from a physician and getting an x-ray to make sure nothing is broken.? If you wish to seek consultation at HSS, please contact our Physician Referral Service at 877-606-1555 for further assistance.

  58. The bottom part of my finger hurts when I move it, touch it, it’s also swollen, but no bruising. Can it be a fracture? Or a nerve/ muscle . But it’s been hurting the last month and a half. Can you tell me what’s wrong? Or have any ideas?

    1. Hi Lindsay, thank you for reaching out. John Indalecio, Certified Hand Therapist, says: “As the symptoms you describe could be attributed to a number of factors, I would recommend you see an orthopedic hand specialist sooner rather than later. Hand surgeons have the critical skills to provide you with a comprehensive diagnosis and help you address the root cause of the pain that you?re experiencing.” If you wish to receive care at HSS, please contact our Physician Referral Service at 877-606-1555 for further assistance.

  59. I don’t know how it happened but the bottom part of my finger hurts when I move it and Touch it also it’s swollen. It has no Bruising Or any thing it’s been a Month now and it’s still swollen and the pain hasn’t gone away Can it be fractured?

    1. Hi Lindsay, thank you for reaching out. It would be best for you to seek an in-person consultation with a physician so they can examine your finger appropriately. If you wish to receive care at HSS, please contact our Physician Referral Service at 877-606-1555 for further assistance.

  60. Hey there, I trapped my finger in a door last night. I put some ice on it immediately and then went to bed. Today I’ve tried moving it, it’s a little less swelled but it looks bruised and I can’t bend it fully. Should I seek medical attention or just wait it out?

    1. Hi Elis, thank you for reaching out. John Indalecio, Certified Hand Therapist, says: ?I would recommend that you seek medical care and in particular an orthopedic hand specialist. Getting an appropriate diagnosis can serve to prevent further injury, and hand surgeons have the diagnostic skills to help address any possible issues.? If you wish to receive care at HSS, please contact our Physician Referral Service at 877-606-1555 for further assistance.

  61. todAy when I was playing soccer I was goalie and I was about to catch the ball and then the bal hit like the top of my fingers or in middle and now it really hurts and I can’t bend it with out pain

    1. Hi Sadie, thank you for reaching out. It is best to seek a consultation with a physician as soon as possible so that they can determine the best course of treatment. If you wish to receive care at HSS, please contact our Physician Referral Service at 877-606-1555 for further assistance.

  62. I was jumping on my trampoline and when i tried to do a flip, i landed on my thumbs (both of them) and it just bent forward and its been hurting since 5pm… They both hurt but my left hand hurts about 3 times as much as the other. Please help me, i domt know what to do. It happened today at 5pm

    1. Hi Brianna, thank you for reaching out. John Indalecio, Certified Hand Therapist, says: ?I would recommend you see an orthopedic hand specialist sooner rather than later. While some injuries do resolve on their own, you may prefer to have a diagnosis in order to prevent further injury (if your injuries need protection, or other intervention to heal properly). Thumbs are particularly important to everyday function so you might consider this if you decide to seek medical help. Hand surgeons are specialists with the hand and arm. While surgery frequently is not required, good diagnostic skills are. Think of hand surgeons as problem solvers with the ability- when necessary- to solve problems surgically rather than by conservative means (immobilization, steroids, therapy, etc.).? If you wish to receive care at HSS, please contact our Physician Referral Service at 877-606-1555 for further assistance.

  63. hi there, i work with agency within a laundry and today i was opening a cage to get to sheets and i swung back the gate and my finger was caught within the side wall of the cage and between the gate, as the gate swung open and went all the way back my finger met the full force. i informed my supervisor and got first aid, i had to lay down as due to the shook i felt dizzy and sick and began to sweat which i was told was because of the shock.they asked me if i wanted to go to hospital and i said i didn’t think it needed looking at so they bandaged my finger and i carried on with my duties (not as fast as i usually do) its my middle left finger and from the top phalange to my tip it is purple with red spotted dots and my nail is also bruised, my finger tip is twice the size of my others and the full finger itself has actually been slightly bent, when i touch the tip it feels like my finger is going to pop! this occurred at 0945 and i have been in pain since, was getting sharp shooting pains which would just take me by surprise, I’m at home now with the bandage off and because i am not moving it around so much the pain has dulled, apart from feeling very tender it also feels like i have pains and needles on the tip. I don’t want to hassle my doctor so i thought i would google it and this is when i have come across your blog which is very helpful. thank you for taking the time to reply. kind regards 🙂

    1. Hi Kathleen, thank you for reaching out! Sorry to hear about your incident. We’re glad our article was beneficial to you. Best wishes to you on your recovery! If you wish to seek consultation at HSS, please contact our Physician Referral Service at 877-606-1555 for further assistance.

  64. I fractured my middle finger and ring finger about 5 months ago and they still hurt. If i hit my hand on something by accident or if someone squeezes it. And also those two fingers won’t pop. It hurts extremely bad when i try to but i don’t understand why it still hurts or why they won’t pop

    1. Hi Chelsea, thank you for reaching out. It would be best for you to seek an in-person consultation with a treating physician so that they can determine the best course of treatment. If you wish to receive care at HSS, please contact our Physician Referral Service at 877-606-1555 for further assistance. For more information on the Physician Referral Service at HSS, please visit https://www.hss.edu/physician-referral-service.asp.

  65. Hi.
    I jammed my finger playing catch with a football with one of my friends last friday. (this means it has been 10 days) I read online and it said it only takes a couple of days for the jam to work itself out but thats not the case for me. My finger cannot straighten completely straight. It still straightens, but not like it used to/like my other finger. It is my ring finger and its super annoying. Also, when i try and bend my finger, i can bend it to about 90 degreees but physically can not move it further unless i am in A LOT of pain. I iced it and didn’t use it for a couple of days and really don’t know whats wrong. The knucle area is sensitive to the touch, but only in certain areas. Please let me know what i should do. thanks!

    1. Hi Makenzy, thank you for reaching out. It would be best for you to seek an in-person consultation with a treating physician so that they can determine the best course of treatment. If you wish to receive care at HSS, please contact our Physician Referral Service at 877-606-1555 for further assistance. For more information on the Physician Referral Service at HSS, please visit https://www.hss.edu/physician-referral-service.asp.

  66. Hi I was playing with a rugby ball and my friend kicked it and I jammed my middle and index fingers and today when I woke up under the second nuckle is all purple and hurts to the touch and I can bend them please help. Thank you

    1. Hi Steven, thank you for reaching out. It would be best for you to seek an in-person consultation with a treating physician so that they can determine the best course of treatment. If you wish to receive care at HSS, please contact our Physician Referral Service at 877-606-1555 for further assistance. For more information on the Physician Referral Service at HSS, please visit https://www.hss.edu/physician-referral-service.asp.

  67. I got hurt in a basketball game someone hit my finger and it really hurt any way I talked to some friends that study medicine told me it was just a sprain ir jan but it has been 6 weeks and my finger is still swollen and I can’t by any way bend my finger the tightest way

    1. Hi John, thank you for reaching out. Sorry to hear about your finger. If you would like to seek consultation at Hospital for Special Surgery, please contact our Physician Referral Service at 877-606-1555 for further assistance. The Physician Referral Service will assist in ensuring that patients are connected with the physician that best meets their needs. For more information, visit https://www.hss.edu/physician-referral-service.asp.

  68. I injured my finger over a week ago and it is still discolored but doesn’t seem to still be swollen. The main pain is in the middle joint and I cannot bend the finger filly or straighten it all the way no matter how hard I try. It’s causing pain in my wrist, but that could be because I have to write and type while it’s in a splint. Is it jammed or possibly broken?

    1. Hi Amanda, thank you for reaching out. It would be best for you to seek an in-person consultation with a treating physician so that they can determine the best course of treatment. If you wish to receive care at HSS, please contact our Physician Referral Service at 877-606-1555 for further assistance. For more information on the Physician Referral Service at HSS, please visit https://www.hss.edu/physician-referral-service.asp.

  69. Me and my brother where jumping on my trampoline I fell because he pushed me and I landed on my finger. It’s not bruised and the swelling went away when I put ice on it. But I can’t straighten it or bend it all of the way. So I was wondering if it’s broken or fine? Thank you.

    1. Hi Kathleen, thank you for reaching out. It would be best for you to seek an in-person consultation with a treating physician so that they can determine the best course of treatment. If you wish to receive care at HSS, please contact our Physician Referral Service at 877-606-1555 for further assistance. For more information on the Physician Referral Service at HSS, please visit https://www.hss.edu/physician-referral-service.asp.

  70. Does it hurt when they fix a jammed finger? I was playing basketball and jammed my 3 middle fingers, and today it still hurts and is swelling a little, I can move it just fine, but it hurts when i put pressure on it. It can hurt at the base of my nail if i put pressure there, but i can straighten it just fine, it also doesnt seem very red, it just has the normal pinkish tone that the rest of my fingers do. Is this normal after a hard jam? My other fingers are fine.

    1. Hi Jazmine, thank you for reaching out. John Indalecio, Certified Hand Therapist, says: “After an injury swelling and discomfort can remain for many weeks. If motion is the same as the unaffected hand it is generally a good sign. Swelling alone, however, can limit the ability to bend fingers fully. Tenderness at the base of the nail and an inability to strengthen the tip of the finger requires medical attention. You mentioned strengthening which is something that remains on hold until after the acute phase of injury (0-4 weeks, or longer). Strengthening too soon can stress healing tissues and compromise one’s full recovery. If there is any doubt that the injury is improving, it is recommended that a specialist, particularly a hand surgeon evaluate the injury.” If you wish to receive care at HSS, please contact our Physician Referral Service at 877-606-1555 for further assistance.

  71. Hello I just did a lab for physics and my finger got jammed /shot at with a hard small ball. My finger was hit a the top of it behind the nail bed. Its currently red and swollen and has small patches of dark red. There’s a pain when I try to curl my finger in ward, and the temp of my finger is hot. Do you think I need to go to the doctor or just ice it and should be fine.? Thank you

    1. Hi Alexis, thank you for reaching out. John Indalecio, Certified Hand Therapist, says: “Jamming the finger into a ball causing redness and swelling at the base of the nail could be an issue if you’re not able to fully extend or straighten. I would suggest seeing a hand surgeon for the best diagnosis. A mallet finger affects the extensor tendon. These must be managed properly (including patient instruction) or they can fail quite easily. It’s also important to seek help within a few days of the injury for best success.” If you wish to receive care at HSS, please contact our Physician Referral Service at 877-606-1555 for further assistance.

  72. About 2 weeks ago i tripped and reach out to catch my balance , when i did so my pinky finger bent . I looked at my pinky and it was dislocated i quickly moved it back to place and was able to move it normal. But now the side of my finger looks crooked and i cant bend it all the way down. I can strighten it with no problem and move and vend a little but not all the way. Do you think i have some torn ligaments?

    1. Hi Pedro, thank you fro reaching out. It would be best for you to seek consultation with a physician who can determine the best possible treatment. If you wish to receive care at HSS, please contact our Physician Referral Service at 877-606-1555 for further assistance.

  73. Myright hand baby finger gets injured during volleyball match,1month ago,on the left Side of the finger is red and swollen.

    1. Hi Amit, thank you for reaching out. It would be best for you to consult with a physician so that the can determine the best course of treatment. If you wish to receive care at HSS, please contact our Physician Referral Service at 877-606-1555 for further assistance. For more information on the Physician Referral Service at HSS, visit https://www.hss.edu/physician-referral-service.asp.

  74. When I try to close my middle finger together with my other finger & my middle finger cant even stand up

    1. Hi Jennifer, thank you for reaching out. We advise that you go in and consult with a physician for better advisement. If you wish to receive care at HSS, please contact our Physician Referral Service at 877-606-1555 for further assistance. For more information on the Physician Referral Service at HSS, visit https://www.hss.edu/physician-referral-service.asp.

  75. Hello, its been six weeks into my dislocation/avulsion fracture of proximal end of the intermediate phalangeal bone. The bone has healed but the joint itself is still very stiff. I’m curious about how long it usually takes with daily exercise of the finger in order for it to fully extend and bend. As of now, it won”t straigten and it definitely won’t bend all the way.

    1. Hi Dan, thank you for reaching out. John Indalecio, Certified Hand Therapist, says: ?I am glad that the bone is now healed. It sounds like the joint was affected- your PIP joint- is a very stubborn joint. It stays swollen for a long time (possibly months), and becomes (and stays) stiff. It is a surprisingly complex area, and can require weeks of intervention to regain normal function. You may be ready to see a hand therapist. A therapist can fabricate devices to increase extension (straightened) position of your finger, as well as strategies to regain your flexion (bending). A therapist can also help you find the appropriate time to begin straightening. Although regaining normal flexibility and strength is your ultimate goal, you may require other therapeutic techniques before strengthening is beneficial.? It is best for you to consult with your treating physician so that they can determine the best course of treatment. If you are interested in receiving care at the Hand Therapy Center, please contact us at 212-606-1660 for further assistance.

  76. Hi Leslie, thank you for sharing your input. We make the recommendation of consulting or scheduling an appointment with a physician when the submitted question or inquiry regarding their case can be answered in person as each case is different in nature. Please contact us via email at socialmediacontact@hss.edu if you have any further questions.

  77. I fell the other day outside on on sidewalk the next day the tips of my fingers started to hurt now they throb & itch they get warm at times they are not broken they got stubbed through the fall my question is how do I stop them from hurting?

    1. Hi Karen, thank you for reaching out. Because of your fall, you may wish to consult a physician to rule out any significant injury. If you wish to receive care at HSS, please contact our Physician Referral Service at 877-606-1555 for further assistance.

  78. I was at a wrestling tournament two days ago and someone landed on my pinky finger. I am unable to bend it up or down and the pain is very sharp
    And almost numb. It is incredibly swollen.

    1. Hi Mike, thank you for reaching out. Because of your injury, you may wish to consult a physician to rule out any significant injury. If you wish to receive care at HSS, please contact our Physician Referral Service at 877-606-1555 for further assistance.

  79. I was on my iPad and all of a sudden I could not move my right thumb (it was bent as if I was holding up the other four fingers) it lasted about 10-15 minutes…freaked me out of course what’s up with this?

    1. Hi Beverly, thank you for reaching out. John Indalecio, Certified Hand Therapist, says: “I understand how this experience would frighten you. I would consult a hand physician. Helpful information to provide a health care professional includes determining severity, specific location, as well as duration of pain. Note other conditions and symptoms that occur and position of the hand/digit when symptoms are noted. It is the patterns of occurrence that will be most helpful in localizing the problem.” If you wish to receive care at HSS, please contact our Physician Referral Service at 877-606-1555 for further assistance.

  80. Hi, I had basketball tryouts and my finger hit the ball and my finger went back I think. But, during September and November, I fractured it. And the finger I hurt at basketball was the same finger. So u think I fractured it again because I can’t make it straight but I can bend it a little.

    1. Hi Natalie, thank you for reaching out. Because of your injury, you may wish to consult with a physician to rule out any significant injury. If you wish to receive care at HSS, please contact our Physician Referral Service at 877-606-1555 for further assistance.

  81. I jammed my finger taking my daughters bed apart, in between a metal pole it was jammed for about 5 seconds after I had excruciating pain run down my hand but the felt better after pitting ice on it..however 3 days later I have a numb tingling feeling In the tip of my finger that got jammed! Is it serious or something that will get better on its own?

    1. Hi Makeleta, thank you for reaching out. We advise that you consult with a physician to determine the best course of treatment. If you wish to receive care at HSS, please contact our Physician Referral Service at 877-606-1555 for further assistance.

  82. My friend threw a basketball at me today and it hit my thumb, now it hurts like heck to straighten or bend it also hurts to move it up and down.

    1. Hi Lexi, thank you for reaching out. It would be best to consult with a physician so that they can determine the best course of treatment. If you wish to receive care at HSS, please contact our Physician Referral Service at 877-606-1555 for further assistance.

  83. Hello I needsome advice iv woken up this morning with my finger on my right hand very sore I can”t bend it past certain points up or down every ten mins or so I”ll get a serious pain shooting up and down my finger as I move it my finger clicks and feels slightly better but there is still pain.
    I”m not sure how this happened but need advice asap please

    1. Hi Kizer, thank you for reaching out. John Indalecio, Certified Hand Therapist, says: ?It sounds like an alarming experience, but without seeing you, I?m not able to provide a proper diagnosis. I would consult a hand physician. Helpful information to provide a health care professional includes determining severity, specific location, as well as duration of pain. Note other conditions and symptoms that occur and position of the hand/digit when symptoms are noted. It is the patterns of occurrence that will be most helpful in localizing the problem. ? If you wish to receive care at HSS, please contact our Physician Referral Service at 877-606-1555 for further assistance.

  84. I was playing basket ball and I went to catch the ball but it bent my fingers back an it really hurts. I Put ice on it but I cant bend it or straighten it out. It feels really numb and its swollen. What should I do? I also would like to know if it”s broken or fractured or just sprained but I have great difficulty moving my fingers

    1. Hi Gemini, thank you for reaching out. It would be best to seek consultation with a treating physician so they can determine the best course of treatment. If you wish to receive care at HSS, please contact our Physician Referral Service at 877-606-1555 for further assistance.

    1. Hi Jaylin, thank you for reaching out. It would be best to seek an in person consultation with a physician so that they can determine the best course of treatment. If you wish to receive care at HSS, please contact our Physician Referral Service at 877-606-1555 for further assistance.

  85. I jammed my finger during a football match in September, and it has fully healed except for now, I can’t bend the 2nd ligament all the way down, do you know if this will heal with time or if I should consult a doctor?

    1. Hi Visar, thank you for reaching out! We think it would be best if you consult a physician so they can determine the best course of treatment. If you wish to receive care at HSS, please contact our Physician Referral Service at 877-606-1555 for further assistance.

  86. Hi there! I have a slight problem. I was playing basketball and the ball hit off the rim and slammed right into my ring finger. I can bend it all the way with minimal effort or pain. It still kinda hurts whenever I put it on ice. Any solution?

    1. Hi John, thank you for reaching out. John Indalecio, Certified Hand Therapist, says: ?I would encourage you to keep it moving as long as it feels okay. Put a barrier between ice and your skin like a pillowcase or couple of layers of paper towel. After 72 hours post-injury, ice has little effect on swelling, but may continue to help with pain relief. It might be wise to go easy on it for a while (avoid gripping exercises for the next couple of weeks). The swelling can take a long time to go away-up to a month or two. If you still feel like pain, swelling or limitations persist, consult a hand surgeon.? If you wish to receive care at HSS, please contact our Physician Referral Service at 877-606-1555 for further assistance.

  87. Hi, one week ago today, I fell by missing a step in the basement. I bang my head pretty bad, scraped my left elbow, and hurt my right shoulder. I did go to the doctor but because of my other injury’s, I never noticed until a couple of days later that my middle finger on my left hand was hurting. I iced it, and it did feel a little better. But here it is a week later and it still hurting. I can’t straighten it or bend it without pain. I try to force it ,with pain and it feels better. But as soon as I stop it tightens up again, and it goes back to the beginning. Do you think I should go back to the doctor, or is this something that will just take some time to heal? Thank you.

    1. Hi Lynn, thank you for reaching out. It would be best for you to consult with your treating physician so they can determine the best course of treatment. If you wish to receive care at HSS, please contact our Physician Referral service at 877-606-1555 for further assistance.

  88. At softball practice a softball hot my right index finger. My index finger became double jointed the second it was hit. My finger was swollen two times it’s normal size. While my finger was swollen it was purple, blue, and black. The most of the swelling went down but my finger is still fairly bigger than normal. It’s been three weeks since this happened and my finger is still double jointed and bigger than normal. What does it mean? How should I take care of it?

    1. Hi Brittany, thank you for reaching out. It is best that you see an in-person consultation with a physician so they can better advise. If you wish to receive care at HSS, please contact our Physician Referral Service at 877-606-1555 for further assistance.

  89. I was running around drunk and fell on my hand so i don’t remember what exactly happened. It’s been 2 weeks and the swelling has gone down and i can make a full fist and extend my fingers. It feels tight when I am extending my fingers but it seems like it’s healing but i have some odd bumps around my joint. Would it just be swelling?

    1. Hi Raymond, thanks for reaching out. If you wish to receive care at HSS, please contact our Physician Referral Service at 877-606-1555 for further assistance.

  90. Hi there. So roughly two weeks ago I caught my finger in a floor fan that had the front cover off. There were plastic blades. A piece comparable to a nickel is what broke off (not into my finger though, just painting a picture of the force). The blade cut the side of my middle finger right at the middle knuckle. Instant swelling. The pain was so strong that I crawled under my bed with hot sweats because I was so uncomfortable and could barely stand. I’m not squeamish just to put that out there. About twenty minutes later I made it to the bathroom where I felt I was going to be sick (very unusual for me). I felt light headed and all I could think about was the pain and needing to make it to my bed to lie down. I didn’t get sick in the bathroom but I did end up vomiting on the carpet in my room (ten to twenty feet away, I didn’t make it to my bed). It was a good amount of puke. After that I started feeling a little better so I went to go wake up my grandfather to have him look at my finger. I was very worried something was wrong with my knuckle. I just couldn’t tell, I was a little out of it. He looked at it and to him it didn’t look broken. I finally calmed down, with pain still in my knuckle. The next day my knuckle was swollen, visibly, but not to the point where I couldn’t see my knuckle or anything like that. I could still bend it. Now some time has passed, my cut is almost healed completely, but my knuckle is still swollen (no bruising ever occurred) about the same size. If I do normal hand movements or open my hand wide to “stretch it out” I feel pain in the bone that would connect to that finger. I have to push a little but I can find the pain too my messing with my hand. My other hand has no identical pain in any of the movements. I don’t think it could be broken, I could be wrong, but I didn’t know if there was anything else, maybe fluid build up or something, that I should be aware of. I’ve thought about going to a doctor but I’m not sure its the right idea? I don’t like hospitals either. I can close and open my fist. I guess my question is, what are the realm of things that could be happening to my knuckle and maybe some simple things I can do at home to help make my knuckle get all better. The pain I feel now isn’t excruciating. Or is it worth going to actually get it checked out?

    1. Hi Courtney, thanks for reaching out. If you wish to receive care at HSS, please contact our Physician Referral Service at 877-606-1555 for further assistance.

  91. I angrily hit a hard surface with a hammer punch with my right hand and my hand started tingling then the pain came and now it hurts to separate my middle and ring finger. My ring finger now sits closely to my middle finger and it is not swollen

  92. When I was playing basketball I had jammed my finger
    Going for a pass.When I looked at the tip it looked bent downwards and I couldn’t bent it down its been about two weeks and the bottom of the middle part is still swollen to this day and I can’t bend it downwards an it still hurts
    What happened ???

    1. Hi Ian, thanks for reaching out. Occupational Therapist John Indalecio says “Sounds like something you need to see a hand doctor about. if there isn’t active motion of the joint, it could involve a tendon injury.” If you wish to receive care at HSS please contact our Physician Referral Service at 877-606-1555 for further assistance.

  93. My little finger injured when i played cricket. Still i have pain for more than 20 days. I”m scaring about it. Will it cure or not..

  94. I was playing volley ball and I do not know how it jammed. The top of my finger is movable, but the bottom half is swollen and shows signs of bruises. What should I do? I have put ice when it happened, but I”m nervous.

  95. A cricket ball hit my finger on the inside of my hand. It”s been 2 months now still swollen and cannot bend it into fist shape. Sharp shooting pain in knuckle. X-ray shows no break and have been seeing hand specialist. They are forcing me to bend it and the pain is chronic.

    1. Hi Ronelza, thank you for reaching out. It is best for you to consult with your treating physician for a better diagnosis. If you wish to receive care at HSS, please contact our Physician Referral Service at 877-606-1555 for further assistance.

    1. Hi Brittany, thank you for reaching out. It is best for you to consult with your treating physician to get a better diagnosis. If you wish to receive care at HSS, please contact our Physician Referral Service at 877-606-1555 for further assistance.

  96. Hey, durimg a wrestling match an incredible series of cracks occured and my adrenaline caused me to ignore it. However it has been three days and if anything its gotten worse. I can bend it, but not fully down, or side to side with extreme pain and im not a wuss trust me. Im 15 and dont have insurance so pleasee help meee.

    1. Hi Blayne, thank you for reaching out. Unfortunately, we are not able to answer your question because you are under the age of 18. It is best for you to consult with your treating physician with a parent.

      1. Hi, I have the same problem as blayne. Im 18, I got injured during a middle of a football game. please help me.

        1. Hi Logan, thank you for reaching out. It is best for you to seek consultation with a physician so that they can determine the best course of treatment. If you wish to receive care at HSS, please contact our Physician Referral Service at 877-606-1555 for further assistance.

          1. I was practicing Volleyball today and when I spiked the ball my finger bent backwards. I was in pain immediately and I felt this pumping in it. Now it’s super swollen and its a ” mallet finger ” and I can’t make it straight. What do I do

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