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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 finger.
Some sprains stretch the ligaments but don't tear them. More severe sprains can partly or completely tear the ligaments. Sprains can cause pain and swelling. It may take weeks to months before your finger can move easily and without pain.
Resting the finger for a short time after the injury can help you heal. To keep the injured finger in position while it heals, your doctor may have put a splint on it. Or the doctor may have taped the finger to the one next to it. After the pain and swelling have gone down, your doctor may recommend exercises to strengthen your finger or more treatment if needed.
Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse call line if you are having problems. It's also a good idea to know your test results and keep a list of the medicines you take.
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Current as of: September 20, 2018
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:Steven J. Atlas MD, MPH - Internal Medicine & Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine & Thomas M. Bailey MD - Family Medicine
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