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Finger Dislocation

Finger Dislocation Facts

Finger dislocation is a common injury. It occurs when the bones of the finger are moved (dislocated) from their normal anatomic position. Finger dislocation can occur in any of the joints of any finger, but it occurs most often in the middle knuckle of the little (pinky), ring, middle, or index finger. These dislocations can be accompanied by a break in the bone (fracture) but frequently happen without any breaks.

What Causes a Finger Dislocation?

Accidents can cause a "jamming" force to be applied to the end of the finger, or the finger may be forcefully overextended. Either of these situations, or a combination of both, can result in a dislocation.

  • During sports activities, a basketball or baseball may strike the tip of an outstretched finger.
  • The finger might get caught in equipment, such as a game jersey or pads.
  • A person may fall onto an outstretched hand.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 11/2/2015

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