Hyperextended, sprained ring finger

It has been almost 6 weeks since I fell and hyperextended the ring finger on my left hand. An ex-ray, four weeks following the injury, indicated no break.
I was told to ice the finger, take antiinflamatories, and use a squeeze ball to exercise the hand and finger. The ice causes almost unbearable pain, the Aleve causes major stomach pain, and manipulating putty is causing the finger to hurt more. I will continue to do these things, but I’ve always heard that if it hurts, don’t do it.Should I consult my physician again or continue to do the therapy? Thank you:Christi

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    Ice shouldn’t be causing unbearable pain. Don’t put it directly on the skin. Use an ice pack with a thin towel – dishtowel thickness is ideal. 10 mins on, 10 mins off, then another 10 mins on. Antiinflammatories will decrease swelling and improve joint mobility while it’s healing (if you do take meds, be more careful to not overexert and interrupt the healing process). Wait on the squeezeball until you can move your fingers with very light weight w/o any pain.


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