How To Know If You Have a Finger Sprain
If you hurt your finger more than two weeks ago and you are still feeling pain, then you could have a finger sprain. A finger sprain could be anything from an overstretched ligament or a partial tear of a ligament. Two weeks is a good time frame to determine if your finger is improving or not. If after two weeks, you still are feeling pain, it’s time to see your doctor or hand therapist. If you are not having pain all the time, but you are having pain when you are trying to use the finger, this could also indicate a finger sprain or ligament tear. Depending on the doctor’s diagnosis, he or she may refer you to hand therapy.
How Can Hand Therapy Help a Finger Sprain
Your hand therapist will evaluate your finger to determine which ligament is over-stretched or torn. Your therapist will collaborate with you to form a treatment plan based on the activities you are having difficulty with. If your therapist suspects a ligament tear, you may be required to wear a brace for a certain period of time. Immobilization can last anywhere from 4-6 weeks, depending where your finger injury is. Ligaments typically need at least four weeks to settle down and tighten up. During the immobilization period, your therapist may not want you to exercise you finger. You do not want to add unnecessary stress to the healing ligament. After the immobilization period, your therapist will also work with you to regain any range of motion or strength you may have lost.
Are you wondering if you have a finger sprain? Have you sustained an injury between or including your shoulder and fingertips? If so, you could be a candidate for hand therapy services at LB Hand Therapy in Maryland. Visit our Where to Begin page to become a patient.