Jammed Finger Follow-up

Updated: Sep 04, 2018
  • Author: Thomas H Trojian, MD; Chief Editor: Sherwin SW Ho, MD  more...
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Follow-up

Return to Play

The time frame for an athlete's return to play is dependent on the severity of the finger injury. An athlete with a mild PIP joint sprain without ligamentous disruption may be permitted to return to play after being evaluated on the sideline, provided the finger is properly buddy-taped. Those individuals with more severe sprains or dislocations/fractures may be recommended to remain out of competition for a longer period (2-6 wk). Protective splinting or buddy taping is advised during athletic or at-risk activities until full pain-free function is restored.

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Complications

Possible complications that follow a PIP joint injury include persistent pain and swelling, stiffness, weakness, instability, and boutonniere deformity. [14]

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Prevention

Most cases of jammed finger injuries are not preventable in sports activities.

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Prognosis

The prognosis for a jammed finger is excellent with the proper treatment and protection.

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