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Finger Dislocation Treatments


Seek medical care right away. Do not try to put your finger bones back into place. If you wait for treatment, you could cause permanent damage.

Treatment includes:

  • Realigning the bones—The doctor will move the finger bones back into place. You may be given an injection of local anesthesia to help reduce pain.
  • Splint or taping—After the doctor has realigned the bones, your finger will be placed in a splint or taped to the healthy finger next to it. In some cases, a cast or surgery may be needed. At times, a pin is inserted to hold the bones in place.
  • Ice—Apply ice or a cold pack to your finger for 15-20 minutes, 3-4 times a day for several days. This helps reduce pain and swelling. Wrap the ice or cold pack in a towel. Do not apply the ice directly to your skin.
  • Elevation—Try to hold the injured hand above the level of your heart. This is to help the swelling go down. For example, place your hand up on a pillow. Using a sling for a few days keeps the hand somewhat elevated.
  • Rehabilitation exercises—Begin exercises to restore range of motion and strength in your finger.
  • Pain medication

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