DEAR DOCTOR K: I hurt my finger playing basketball last week. The pain is manageable, but doesn't seem to be lessening. Should I see a doctor?
DEAR READER: Catching a ball a football, baseball or basketball is a common way kids and young adults can injure a finger.
Fortunately, most finger injuries are not serious or lasting.
But sometimes a tendon (fibers that connect muscles to bones, and cause fingers to move) can be torn, or a joint can be dislocated, or one of the finger bones broken. So you've asked an important question.
To see a doctor
Some injuries should be evaluated by a doctor. See your doctor if: