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.
- 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