A jammed thumb or jammed finger is also known as a mallet finger. It is very common in athletes and is known medically by the term ‘proximal interphalangeal joint impact injury’. Typical symptoms of jammed finger include pain, swelling, weakness and instability following direct impact on the finger. The finger literally drives back into the hand causing it to lock or jam up. This injury is usually seen in basketball and volleyball players. Let us study some remedies for jammed knuckle.
1. Oriental remedy for jammed finger
Oriental physicians and Traditional Chinese herbalists recommend the following home remedy to tape a jammed finger:
Finely chop raw beef and onions and lay them around the finger. You can pack the finger up with a bandage. This remedy brings down swelling and pain. Oriental physicians also recommend letting some blood out of the spot. If your finger is not bleeding, you still need to let out the toxins by inserting sterilized needle in the darkest spot on the skin. Apply some more beef and onion on the spot and tape the finger with a bandage. Do this under the supervision of a herbalist.
2. Hot water
Hold the jammed thumb or finger in hot water for 20 minutes to reduce swelling and pain.
3. Ice packs
Ice packs used on the jammed thumb reduce swelling and pain. Take a couple of ice cubes and wrap them in a thin cloth. Apply it directly to the swollen finger. Keep icing the area for at least 20 minutes at a time. Repeat as often as needed to reduce pain.
4. How to tape a jammed finger
Use medical cloth tape for taping the jammed fingers. You can also massage the affected finger gently using some warm coconut oil or a menthol-based balm prior to taping it. Avoid pulling a jammed finger as, if there is a torn ligament or tendon or even a fracture, you might make matters worse. Instead, tape the jammed finger with its adjacent finger. This buddy taping method provides support to the affected finger and reduces pain to speed up healing. You can also use a brace to support the finger.
5. Camphor oil
Apply a bit of melted camphor in fat/coconut oil (or use commercial camphor oil) on the jammed finger to speed up healing time.
6. Marshmallow tea
Drink several cups of marshmallow tea after pulling the jammed finger. This remedy will stop pain and cure black spots.
7. Salt water compress/Epsom salt soak
Dissolve some common salt in warm water. Soak a clean cloth in the water and press it down on the finger. The jammed finger will not swell up and will also heal quickly. You can also use Epsom salt in place of common salt as Epsom salt has medicinal properties and its magnesium content reduces inflammation.
Crumble some onion slices and salt them. Apply the mixture to jammed fingers and bandage it. You can also mix finely chopped onion with olive oil and apply the mixture to jammed thumb. This remedy will lower swelling and black spots.
9. Castor oil packs
Soak cotton gauze in castor oil and pack the jammed finger in it. Keep it overnight. This remedy reduces healing time to give you much needed relief.
10. Coconut oil and turmeric
Warm up some coconut oil and add half a teaspoon of turmeric powder to it. Massage the mixture well into the thumb until it gets ‘unlocked’. Repeat as often as needed daily. Drink turmeric milk before bedtime each night to speed up healing and relieve inflammation.
11. Tea tree oil
Massage warm coconut oil mixed with a few drops of tea tree essential oil for at least 5-10 minutes. The anti-inflammatory properties of tea tree oil will reduce pain and heal the finger quickly. You can also apply a warm compress to the affected finger following this massage.
12. Drink ginger tea
Drinking ginger tea will provide you with pain relieving properties. To make the tea, slice ginger root and grate it. Add the grated ginger to a cup of hot water and let steep for 5 minutes. Sweeten with honey and drink it 3-4 times when suffering from jammed thumb.
13. Take fish oil supplements
Fish oil supplements contain Omega 3 essential fatty acids. Take these daily until your jammed thumb heals.
Use these 13 remedies to speed up jammed finger healing time. If the pain does not reduce, go for a jammed finger x-ray to ensure it is not broken.