Physical Therapy for Finger Sprain


A finger sprain is an injury to the ligament supporting your finger joint. A ligament is a strong band of tissue connecting a bone to another bone. Finger sprains are common injuries in sports, especially in certain ball games where a ball hits the tip of your finger. Sport activities at risk for the condition may include basketball, volleyball, baseball, and football.

Physical therapy can help people who suffer from finger sprains. Physical therapy interventions often include the use of manual therapy techniques, PT modalities, and therapeutic exercises.

Physical Therapy Treatment Options for Finger Sprains

Physical therapy treatment for a finger sprain depends on the severity of your injury. The primary goal of initial treatments is to relieve your symptoms of pain and swelling. Once your symptoms have been controlled, rehabilitation can begin.

Your physical therapist will provide you with a combination of any of the following PT treatments:
  • Ice / heat application
  • Ultrasound
  • Finger immobilization (splinting)
  • Finger exercises
    • Gentle range of motion exercises
    • Stretching exercises
    • Finger strengthening exercises
  • Joint mobilization
  • Patient education
    • About finger sprain
    • Precautions
    • Injury prevention
  • Work or sport-specific rehabilitation

Your physical therapist may provide you with a home management and exercise program to help hasten your recovery. Your physical therapist will determine the appropriate treatments based on your specific problems and goals.

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