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Finger Injuries: When Do You Need a Doctor?

By: Cassie McFadden MS, ATC, ROT, CES

Finger injuries are almost a rite of passage among athletic populations. From gymnasts working on their back handspring to baseball players colliding at third base, many active kids experience an injury to their fingers at some point.

Fortunately, most finger pain goes away rather quickly and causes no ongoing issues. Other injuries, however, may need medical attention. As a parent, it’s not easy to tell the difference.

If your child seriously injures their hand or fingers, an X-ray is the best way to determine what kind of treatment is needed.

Many finger injuries need some kind of immobilization, such as taping, bracing, or possibly even a cast. Others may even need surgery. These types of treatments can help prevent deformities and complications that can emerge as your child gets older. All it takes is one wrong blow or pull to the fingers to cause major and possibly long-term problems.

If your child has a finger injury, and is experiencing any of the following symptoms that do not resolve on their own, they may need a medical evaluation:

  • Ongoing pain or tenderness.
  • Extensive swelling or bruising.
  • Deformity.
  • Inability to move the affected finger.

CHKD’s sports medicine program specializes in the evaluation and treatment of a wide variety of activity-related injuries. If you’re concerned about an injury in your child, call 757-668-PLAY (7529). We can help get your child back in the game.

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About CHKD Sports Medicine  CHKD's sports medicine program offers the most comprehensive care for your young athlete. From diagnosis and treatment to customized rehabilitation plans, we specialize in physical therapy and injury prevention programs for active children and teens. Our team is composed of pediatric orthopedic surgeons, sports medicine specialists, physician assistants, certified athletic trainers and pediatric sports medicine physical therapists.