Jammed Finger? See a Hand Doctor to make sure it’s not more serious.

by Courtney Gittins

The hand is made up of 27 bones: eight in the wrist, five in the palm, and 14 in the fingers (phalanges). Fingers are at the highest risk of injury in the hand. Common injuries to the fingers include sprains (jammed), strains, contusions, and fractures. Most finger injuries have many of the same symptoms including pain, swelling, and stiffness. It is important to determine the extent of your injury to avoid further injury or osteoarthritis in the joint.

Symptoms of a Finger Fracture:

  • Swelling
  • Tenderness
  • Bruising
  • Inability to move injured finger
  • Deformity of injured finger

If you have significant bruising or any deformity, consult a hand orthopedic specialist for evaluation as these are “tell tale” signs of a fracture.


  • Non-surgical Treatment: Your hand doctor will most likely reduced the fracture (put the bone back into place) if displaced and immobilize it with a cast or splint while it heals. Typically the splint will be worn for around 3-6 weeks.
  • Surgical Treatment: Depending on the severity of the fracture, surgery may be necessary in order to align the bones.

If you believe you may have fractured your finger consult a hand doctor to determine if the injury is just a jammed finger or more!

Need a Referral? OrthoNeuro has four orthopedic hand surgeons who treat finger injuries.




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