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30 November 2007

How to handle finger sprains

Finger sprains commonly occur in ball sports when the ball bounces off the tip of your finger. A ligament gets torn or stretched, and this causes pain, swelling and tenderness.

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Finger sprains commonly occur in ball sports when the ball bounces off the tip of your finger. A ligament gets torn or stretched, and this causes pain, swelling and tenderness, according to the University of Michigan Health System.

Here are some home-treatment tips:

  • Apply ice to your finger for 20-30 minutes every four hours for two or three days until the pain goes away.
  • Use a pillow to elevate your hand.
  • Take an anti-inflammatory medication.
  • Do exercises to strengthen your finger, such as lifting up each finger individually and holding it for five seconds. Another good exercise is to make a fist and hold for five seconds. Repeat this 10 times.

- (HealthDayNews)

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