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What is Finger Dislocation?

Finger dislocation is a condition in which the bone of your finger has moved away from its normal position.

Causes of Finger Dislocation

Dislocation can be caused from jamming or overextending the finger during sports activities or a fall on an outstretched hand.

Symptoms of Finger Dislocation

The symptoms of a dislocated finger include:

  • Pain and difficulty in moving the finger
  • Finger appears to be crooked and swollen
  • Feeling of numbness or tingling
  • Break in the skin

Diagnosis of Finger Dislocation

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

Treatment for Finger Dislocation

Initially, you will be advised to remove any jewellery 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 anaesthesia 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.

  • NHS
  • The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh
  • 
British Elbow & Shoulder Society
  • University of Warwick
  • Swor and D

Hospitals Attended

  • Stratford Hospital

    South Warwickshire
    NHS Foundation Trust
    Arden St, Stratford-upon-Avon,
    CV37 6NX
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    Ext 4798
  • Nuffield Health
    Warwickshire Hospital

    The Chase, Old Milverton Lane
    Leamington Spa
    CV32 6RW
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  • Warwick Hospital

    South Warwickshire
    NHS Foundation Trust
    Lakin Road, Warwick,
    CV34 5BW
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    Ext 4798
  • The Grafton Suite,
    Building One

    Stratford Hospital, Arden Street
    Stratford-upon-Avon
    CV37 6NX
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  • South Warwickshire NHS Foundation Trust
  • Nuffield Health
  • 
The Grafton Suite - South Warwickshire NHS Foundation Trust