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Finger Dislocation

What is a finger dislocation?

Finger dislocation is a condition in which the bone of your finger has moved away from its normal position. Dislocation can be caused from jamming or overextending the finger during sports activities, or during a fall on an outstretched hand.

What are the symptoms of finger dislocation?

The symptoms of a dislocated finger include:

  • Pain and difficulty in moving your finger.
  • Finger appears to be crooked and swollen.
  • A feeling of numbness or tingling.
  • A break in the skin.

How is a dislocated finger diagnosed?

Your doctor can diagnose a dislocated finger by a physical examination of your hand. Imaging tests such as X-rays will be used to confirm the diagnosis of the dislocation.

What are the treatment options?

Initially, you will be advised to remove any jewelry on the finger. You will be instructed to apply an ice pack and keep your hand in an elevated position to reduce swelling. Your doctor will realign your dislocated finger, usually under local anesthesia and apply a splint or buddy tape it to the next finger for support. Your doctor may prescribe pain medications to reduce pain and swelling.