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Finger jams occur when a blunt force is applied to a join of the finger. The force is generally directly into the tip of the finger and combined with hyperextension of the joint. Ligaments and other soft tissue surrounding the joint are stretched or torn resulting in significant pain. Swelling, bruising, and loss of motion typically accompanies the pain.
KT Tape can help stabilize the joint without locking it down, allowing for comfort and promoting healing to occur more rapidly*. It is more important to diagnose the sprain so that fractures or dislocations can be rules out or treated effectively. Failure to do so could result in loss of movement or chronic pain. Rest, ice, and NSAIDs can be very helpful in treating both the inflammation and the pain. If the pain does not subside within the first 12 hours and a medical professional has not been consulted, see a clinician to properly diagnose the sprain and identify any fractures or dislocations.
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*Not clinically proven for all injuries