Finger and hand injuries are common among athletes.
They occur most often in contact sports, such as those that involve catching a ball or using hand equipment like ski poles. They also occur in high-speed sports like skating and biking.
Common acute finger and hand injuries include:
You can also injure your finger or hand from overuse. Overuse injuries include carpal tunnel syndrome and tendinosis.
Any finger or hand injury requires proper treatment to ensure you have no permanent loss of function or deformity.
To make an appointment or learn more about finger and hand injuries, contact UPMC Sports Medicine at 1-855-93-SPORT (77678).
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Injured hand and finger symptoms rarely go unnoticed.
The symptoms below can help you tell the difference between a jammed finger and broken finger.
The most common symptoms of hand and finger injuries are:
Tendon pain in the hand may be a sign of tendinosis — a series of very small tears in the tissue surrounding that tendon.
Because there's a wide range of finger and hand injuries, your doctor will start with a physical exam.
He or she will check:
Your doctor will also:
To make an appointment for a finger or hand injury, contact UPMC Sports Medicine at 1-855-93-SPORT (77678).
When you hurt your finger or hand, rest and ice are often the first treatments. You can also take non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) for pain.
For injuries that don’t require surgery, your doctor may treat your finger or hand problem with a:
After your finger or hand injury starts to heal, your doctor may prescribe physical therapy.
Your doctor will take x-rays to see if you need surgery for a broken finger or broken hand.
In some cases — such as fractures or torn tendons — you may need surgery to repair the damage and restore function to your fingers or hand.
To make an appointment or learn more about finger and hand injury treatments, contact UPMC Sports Medicine at 1-855-93-SPORT (77678).
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