You have sustained a sprain of the volar plate (a structure which stops the joint from bending too far backwards) or a ligament.
This is commonly injured when the finger is bent back.
A small fracture is sometimes present. If so your x-rays will be reviewed by a hand surgeon and you will be contacted if that needs to be treated.
Your fingers will be taped together for support. This can be discontinued after 10 days. After this you can begin to use the hand as normal.
It is important to move the finger to minimise stiffness.
Swelling is very common and may take several months to settle.
In a few cases the joint can become very stiff. In this case physiotherapy or surgery may be required.
Repeat these exercises 5 to 10 times each every 2 hours if possible.
For the first 2 weeks.
If the finger is stiff after 2 months; or you are concerned about your hand, contact the Hand Trauma clinic on: 07970 199841. Monday-Friday 9am to 5pm and voicemail
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