Ligaments are bands of connective tissue that link two bones or cartilage together. The collateral ligaments that attach along the sides of the finger joints, are an integral part of the complex system of ligaments, tissues and tendons that control movement and stability.
A disruption, tearing or strain on the ligaments of the fingers and thumb are evidenced by pain, swelling, reduced motion and possibly instability in the joint. The finger may look “crooked” or tilted to one side. Collateral ligament injuries occur most commonly in the thumb and in the middle joints of the fingers
In instances of a forceful blow to the fingers or thumb it is important to seek medical attention to check for possible fractures. Providing stability to the injured finger with 3pp Buddy Loops or an Oval-8 Finger Splint to keep it in proper alignment while the ligaments heal is important. The earlier a ligament injury is treated the better the chance of regaining full motion and function.