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Jammed Finger

Medically reviewed by Last updated on May 6, 2024.

What is a jammed finger?

A jammed finger is an injury to the tendon that straightens the tip of your finger. A piece of bone may be pulled away with your tendon. Your injury may take 4 to 8 weeks to heal.

What are the signs and symptoms of a jammed finger?

Your finger may be swollen, red, and painful. The tip of your finger may droop down. You may not be able to move your finger normally.

How is a jammed finger diagnosed and treated?

You may need to have an x-ray of your finger to check if a bone is broken.

How is a jammed finger treated?

How do I care for my splint?

When should I contact my healthcare provider?

When should I seek immediate care or call 911?

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