Generally, like today, it comes from a strange mishit and the index finger takes the blunt of the torque generated by the racquet. Having never been accused of being the smartest player, I just take a couple of asprin and put on a glove for a day or two and things get better.
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The anatomy of the finger is complex, but a basic knowledge is necessary to properly treat acute injuries. The index, middle, ring, and fifth digits have proximal, middle, and distal phalanges and ...
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Rest the finger and apply ice. Ice or cold therapy can be applied for 10 minutes every hour initially reducing the frequency as symptoms ease. Do not apply ice directly to the skin as it may apply ice burns unless it is in the form of ice massage. Keeping an ice cube moving over the area should avoid ice burns.
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Causes of a swollen index finger Injury-related causes. Your index finger may swell due to a variety of injuries, such as the following. Acute trauma: An acute traumatic injury, such as falling directly onto your outstretched index finger or getting it slammed in a car door or struck by a hammer, can cause a fracture or dislocation. Either of these will result in deformity and swelling of the finger.
Another study showed that a common finding in tennis elbow is pain in the region of the lateral epicondyle during resisted extension of the middle finger, also called that Maudsley’s test. It was hypothesized that the pain is due to disease in the extensor digitorum communis muscle, rather than to compression of the radial nerve or disease within extensor carpi radialis brevis.
Ulnar collateral ligament tears are most common at the index finger as it is susceptible to unsupported radial deviation, but high grade radial collateral ligament tears of the index finger (Figure 8) are imporant to recognize as if not properly treated such tears are more likely to result in significant functional impairment with loss of pinch and grasp strength. 12