A jammed finger is swollen, hard to bend and somewhat painful. It is a common basketball injury. If your finger looks crooked or dislocated or is unbearably painful, see a doctor immediately. You may have broken your finger, which is more serious. But if your finger looks normal except for a little swelling and stiffness, a doctor may not be necessary.
Anyone who’s played basketball has been there: You’re dribbling, attempting a steal or going for a rebound, and the ball deflects awkwardly off one of your fingers. Often, the pain is manageable. You may have only slightly sprained (or “jammed”) your finger.
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One of the most common basketball hand injuries is a jammed finger. A jammed finger occurs from a blunt impact or forced motion to the proximal interphalangeal joint (or PIP for short) of the...
Jammed Finger - When a basketball hits the finger "head on" while the finger is fully extended, collateral finger ligaments can tear or rupture, usually at the middle knuckle joint of a finger (PIP joint). In addition, the collateral ligament can tear at its attachment at the volar plate (thick ligament on the palm side of the joint) and middle phalanx.
You can also tape the jammed finger against an uninjured one. This is commonly known as buddy splinting or buddy taping. This type of splinting will allow for some degree of mobility to the injured finger will keeping it safe. This is what most basketball players will do and is what I recommend when trying to play basketball with a jammed finger. We all know, if you are a tough basketball player, you are playing with a jammed finger, so budding taping is a great temporary solution!
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Jammed Finger. Cause: Jammed fingers are the most common hand injury in basketball. They occur when the ball hits the tip of the finger instead of the palm when a player goes to catch the basketball. These injuries can range from a sprain of the finger joint ligaments to a dislocated or fractured finger. Treatment: If there is little swelling and the finger still has a full range of motion, a minor finger jam can be treated by icing the finger and putting it in a splint or buddy taping it to ...
Finger Support and Protection: If you've played basketball, whether on a professional level, scholastic team or just leisurely, you’ve very likely sustained a jammed, dislocated or broken finger at some point. When you're going up for a rebound or you're trying to steal a pass or you miscalculate catching the ball then the tip or side of a single finger gets hit and BAM!
Finger injuries are common in ball sports, including basketball. You may stub or jam your fingers when the ball hits your fingers instead of your palm. These injuries are often minor and may be...