(Dislocated finger; Dislocation, Finger)
by Cynthia M. Johnson, MA
A finger dislocation is when a bone in the finger joint moves out of its normal place.
This injury is caused by trauma from:
Playing contact sports may raise your chance of this injury.
Symptoms may be:
The doctor will ask about your symptoms and health history. You will be asked how the injury happened. An exam will be done that will focus on your finger.
Images may be needed of the injury. This can be done with an x-ray.
It may take up to 6 weeks to recover. It depends on which finger was injured and how severe it was. The goals of treatment are to put the bones of the finger back into place and to promote healing.
The bones can be put back in place:
Other treatment may include:
This injury is due to an accident. It cannot be prevented.
American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine
Ortho Info—American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
Canadian Orthopaedic Association
When it Hurts to Move—Canadian Orthopaedic Foundation
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Last reviewed September 2019 by EBSCO Medical Review Board Warren A. Bodine, DO, CAQSM
Last Updated: 2/19/2021
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