Finger dislocation is a condition in which the bones that make up the finger are displaced or moved out of their normal position, typically as a result of trauma or injury. It can occur in any of the fingers, including the thumb.
The symptoms of a finger dislocation include:
Treatment for a finger dislocation typically involves reducing the dislocation, which means putting the bones back into their normal position. This is usually done by a healthcare professional using a technique called closed reduction, which involves manipulating the bones with gentle pressure. Pain relief medication may be given before the procedure to help manage pain.
After the dislocation is reduced, a splint or brace may be applied to immobilize the affected finger and promote healing. Physical therapy may also be recommended to help regain strength, flexibility, and range of motion in the affected finger. In some cases, surgery may be necessary to repair any damage to the bones or surrounding tissues.
It is important to seek medical attention promptly if you suspect you have a finger dislocation, as prompt treatment can help prevent long-term complications such as joint stiffness, chronic pain, and reduced range of motion.
Finger dislocations can be caused by a variety of injuries, such as a fall, direct blow to the finger, or twisting of the finger. Sports injuries, particularly in contact sports, are also a common cause of finger dislocations.