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Finger Sprain

Medically reviewed by Last updated on May 6, 2024.

A finger sprain happens when ligaments in your finger or thumb are stretched or torn. Ligaments are the tough tissues that connect bones. Ligaments allow your hands to grasp and pinch.


Return to the emergency department if:

Call your doctor if:


Care for your finger:

Follow up with your doctor as directed:

Write down any questions you may have to ask at your follow up visits.

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