How to tell if your finger is sprained

What do you do for a sprained finger?

Treatment
  1. Apply ice for 15 minutes each hour to bring down the swelling. If you don’t have ice, you can soak the finger in cold water instead.
  2. Keep your finger elevated above chest level.
  3. Take an over-the-counter pain reliever such as ibuprofen (Motrin, Advil) to ease any discomfort.

Can I move my finger if its sprained?

Treating Finger Sprains

So long as there is no fracture or dislocation, most finger sprains should be allowed to move within about a week. In addition to taping or splinting the injured finger, other treatments for a sprain include: Ice the injured finger.

How long does it take for a sprained finger to heal?

Though sprains may be painful, most mild finger sprains heal in about a week. More severe sprains require at least three to six weeks to heal fully, but may remain swollen and tender for a significantly longer period of time in some cases.

Will a sprained finger heal on its own?

For most people, resting, icing, compressing, and elevating (RICE) the injured finger will reduce inflammation and associated symptoms. Depending on the severity of the damage, sprained fingers usually improve in a few days with basic care, and heal entirely after a few weeks of rest and rehabilitation.