A sprained finger occurs when you stretch or tear a ligament (stretched soft tissues) in the finger.
Finger sprains are commonly caused by falling on an outstretched hand or by repeated activities that place prolonged stress on the joint capsule of the finger.
Sprained fingers can be very painful and usually cause swelling and stiffness in the finger.
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What Are the Causes of a Sprained Finger?
Finger sprains are quite common. Most finger sprains are caused by trauma to the finger from things such as sports injuries, taking a fall, or a car accident.
A sprained finger can also result from bending the finger in the wrong direction or too far backward (hyperextension).
Those with weak ligaments or problems with coordination and balance are more likely to sprain their fingers.
What Are the Symptoms of a Sprained Finger?
A sprained finger and a broken finger have similar symptoms.
Broken fingers occur when there is trauma to the bone. Broken fingers often cause more severe pain and require immediate medical care.
Sprained fingers occur when there is trauma to the fingers’ ligaments (soft connective tissues).