A sprain is an injury to the tough fibres (ligaments) that connect bone to bone. This injury can happen in joints such as in your child's finger.
Some sprains stretch the ligaments but do not tear them. More severe sprains can partially or completely tear the ligaments.
Rest and home treatment can help your child heal. Your doctor may have taped the injured finger to the one next to it or put a splint on the finger to keep it in position while it heals. Your doctor may recommend exercises to strengthen your child's finger. If your child damaged bones or muscles, he or she may need more treatment.
Follow-up care is a key part of your child's treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse call line if your child is having problems. It's also a good idea to know your child's test results and keep a list of the medicines your child takes.
Call your doctor or nurse call line now or seek immediate medical care if:
Watch closely for changes in your child's health, and be sure to contact your doctor or nurse call line if your child does not get better as expected.
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Current as of: March 21, 2017
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
& Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine & A. Evan Eyler, MD, MPH - Family Medicine, Psychiatry
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