A dislocation is when the bones
in a joint slip out of their normal position. A finger dislocation may happen from
a fall, blow, or sports injury,
especially if the finger is bent back or jammed.
More to Know
A dislocated finger is usually diagnosed through an X-ray.
The bones may move back into place on their own or a doctor might gently put the joint
back with a quick maneuver called a reduction. In some cases, surgery is needed to
repair the joint
To keep the joint from dislocating again, a splint is put on the injured finger
or the injured finger is taped to the neighboring finger ("buddy taping"). Depending
on the injury, the splint or buddy taping will remain for a few days to a few
weeks. Gentle hand exercises might be recommended to help strengthen the finger and
reduce joint stiffness.
Keep in Mind
With proper treatment, most people who dislocate a finger can gradually return
to their normal activities. The finger may feel sore or stiff for a while.
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