Jersey finger

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Background

  • Avulsion of flexor tendon from distal phalanx
  • Occurs from forced extension of flexed DIP (historically from grabbing someone's jersey with the tip of a finger)

Clinical Features

  • Inability to actively flex DIP joint
  • Full passive ROM is maintained

Differential Diagnosis

Hand and finger injuries

Evaluation

  • Clinical diagnosis
  • Ultrasound can differentiate between partial and complete rupture[1]

Management

  • Finger splint in slight flexion at DIP
  • Early follow-up (24-48 hours) with hand specialist - surgery is required for all Jersey finger injuries

Disposition

  • Discharge

See Also

References

  1. De Gautard G, et al. Sonography of jersey finger. J Ultrasound Med. 2009; 28(3):389-392.