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What is a hyperextension injury?

A hyperextension injury is when the finger is straightened too far which can result is a ligament sprain causing pain, swelling and instability.

What cause a hyperextension injury?

A hyperextension injury is commonly caused by direct contact with another player or when tackling in sports such as basketball or netball when the finger is forced backwards.

Examination of finger hyperextension injury by experienced physiotherapistAbove: Examination of finger hyperextension injury by experienced physiotherapist

What are the symptoms/effects of a hyperextension injury?

Symptoms of a hyperextension injury initially include a sudden onset of finger pain on the front, back or sides of the affected finger joint. There may also be an audible snap or pop sound at the time of injury. Swelling or bruising will often develop around the affected joint.

Diagnosis of a hyperextention injury

A thorough subjective and objective examination from a physiotherapist or doctor is sufficient to diagnose a hyperextension injury. An X-Ray may also be required to rule of any other injuries.

Your finger may then immobilised in protective taping or a protective brace for 2 to 4 weeks to stabilise the joint and allow healing to take place.

Physiotherapy for hyperextension injury

People with hyperextension injury will benefit from physiotherapy treatment.

Physiotherapy treatment at Manchester Physio will help you make the best possible recovery and get you back to your sporting and everyday activities by reducing pain and swelling and increasing range of movement and strength.

Physiotherapy treatment at Manchester Physio for a hyperextention injury may include:
  • Protective taping or a protective brace to stabilise the joint and protect it from further damage.
  • Advice about modifying activities to promote the healing process in the absence of further tissue damage.
  • Ice and heat therapy to reduce pain and swelling
  • Ultrasound
  • Joint mobilisation
  • Soft tissue massage
  • Range of movement and strength exercises to maximise finger function. These exercises will be implemented as soon as pain allows and will be guided by your physiotherapist.
Physiotherapy treatment at Manchester Physio will hasten the healing process and ensure you return to your sporting activities with confidence and success.

If you would like more information about physiotherapy for a hyperextention injury, or to book an appointment please call 0161 883 0077.

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