Jammed finger treatment is relatively straight forward. The first thing you should do whenever you suspect that you have jammed the finger is to immobilize the finger and apply ice to it. If the finger is dislocated, a medical professional should be the person who puts the finger back in place. It can be very tempting to just pop it back into where it is supposed to be, however if you do that then you could make the injury worse than it already is.
After you immobilize the finger and apply ice to it, your next step is to time out 15 minutes. Ice should be applied every 15 minutes, this reduces swelling and if your jammed finger is very serious, then what will happen is the reduction in swelling will lessen the pain and promote healing in a more productive way. Also, it is important to take an anti-inflammatory medication such as aspirin. Take two aspirin every four hours during the first couple days then after that go to every 6 hours. How you take care of your jammed finger initially is the difference between if it heals properly or if you do lasting damage.
Finally, if you end up needing medical procedures to treat the jammed finger – including surgery – what these modalities include could be a couple of days stay in the hospital or you could have the procedure done as an outpatient. After surgery is where the real hard work begins, this is the rehab portion. In rehab, what you will be doing is getting the finger back to its working functionality through a variety of exercises designed to strengthen the joint and prevent further injury.
Earlier, it was said that if you had a jammed finger one of the modalities for treatment of said jammed finger is the use of a splint. Splinting has been a part of medicine since the dawn of time, and the reason why it is such an important part of medical treatment is because it works very effectively – similar to how cauterizing a wound prevents infection. In fact, splinting is one of the first known remedies for the breaking of a bone, but there are some limitations.
The first thing to know, however, is how to splint.
How To Splint A Jammed Finger?
When you splint a break or a sprain, the goal is to immobilize the joint or bone so that it can begin the healing process.
Depending on the finger, you can easily splint the finger by taping it to another finger – for example if you jam your pinkie finger the ring finger is just as good of a splint as anything else. The finger itself will be immobilized.
For a larger finger such as the middle finger, you need to be sure that you use something bigger and stronger. An easy to apply splint in this case would be something like a tongue depressor. Just get the finger extended, lay it on the tongue depressor, and tape it down. The tape should go across the bones of the finger, not the joint and be sure to tape the nail of the finger to the splint as well, this will prevent even the slightest of movement.
Now, there are some drawbacks to splinting, the first is if you don’t have a jammed finger but instead have something along the lines of a compression fracture. The news here is, those injuries are so severe that you will be in the hospital right away so you won’t need to worry about making a homemade splint.
Compression fractures are the worst breaks and they can often result in amputation of the digit. When you break a finger in a way that’s a complete break, partial fracture or hairline fracture, the finger itself should be splinted and after you get medical treatment most likely the finger will be placed in a splint to promote healing.
For a jammed finger, the need to splint may not be as apparent as with a broken finger, but one of the keys to healing a jammed finger is to immobilize the finger, and few things do that as effectively as a splint.
Jammed Finger Natural Home Remedies
There are several ways to help your finger that are more natural and do not use invasive techniques like surgery or anti-inflammatories. However, it should be noted that if you decide that any of these modalities are treatment options for you, the severity of your jammed finger should be what guides your views on treatment. For example, if the jammed finger is a third degree sprain, then it is completely foolish to use a natural home remedy to treat the injury, in fact you will make this type of injury worse and it will take far longer for your finger to recover.
For a jammed finger that is not a severe injury, there are several different natural home remedies that you can use. The first is massage. Massaging the finger is a fantastic anti-inflammatory modality. The reason is that when you massage anything, the pressure is forcing increased oxygenated blood to flow into the joint. This promotes healing and gets rid of the inflammation because the blood cells are there to remove all the bad elements that can impair your healing.
Another great natural home remedy is one that medical professionals talk about all the time – ice. The coldness prevents swelling and allows your finger to not deal with the immense amount of pressure that comes with swelling. In fact, when it comes to the different ways of dealing with swelling there are natural creams and other balms that will help, but perhaps one of the things that is underrated as far as natural home remedies goes is green tea. When you drink green tea, what it does is provide your body with immune system support. Your immune system is critical to making sure that your body’s defenses are in good working order while you have an injury like a jammed finger. The other thing that green tea is notable for is that it introduces more oxygen into your blood. When this happens, it promotes healing because oxygen is such a critical element.
Ultimately, natural home remedies provide a great way to avoid costly medical treatment for a jammed finger, but as said, you need to make sure that your jammed finger is not a more severe strain, sprain or break. If that is the case and you are using natural home remedies instead of traditional medicine, then you can possibly be opening yourself up to some major issues including possible infections and long-lasting disability because of that injury.