Jersey finger primarily occurs in football and rugby players. This injury affects the flexor tendon in the finger and typically happens when an athlete grabs hold of a jersey while the opponent runs in the opposite direction. Due to the force, the tendon snaps and pulls ligaments in the finger, resulting in jersey finger. This injury is most common in athletes but can also occur during everyday activities.
The most obvious symptom of jersey finger is the inability to bend the finger down into the palm of the hand. Depending upon the severity of the injury, a surgical procedure may be necessary to restore the finger to full function. In this case, a physician will locate the tendon and reattach it to the tip of the finger, returning it to its proper position. After undergoing the procedure, the patient will be encouraged to work with a hand therapist to regain strength and range of motion of the injured finger.
To speak with a doctor at Coastal Orthopedics about jersey finger or other hand-related injuries, schedule an appointment by calling (843) 484-0976. To learn more about our hand specialists, click here.