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Finger Dislocation Prognosis
Most simple dislocations can be put back into their natural position easily. Full function in the injured finger will usually return. Mild or moderate discomfort or disability can continue for 12-18 months. Some permanent swelling or disfigurement of the injured joint may be expected.
Occasionally, a fragment of the dislocated joint or some surrounding tissue can become lodged between the displaced bones. This prevents the bones from going into their natural position. Surgery may be necessary to put the bones into the correct position. Results of this surgery are usually very good, but some function may be lost.
Kevin P Collins, MD
Robert McCormack, MD
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