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Finger Dislocation (cont.)

What Is the Treatment for a Finger Dislocation?

It is not recommended that a person treat a dislocated finger at home. A visit to a doctor or the emergency department is usually necessary.

  • If a person has a dislocated finger, the finger will swell. To prevent further injury to the finger, immediately remove any jewelry, such as rings.
  • Apply an ice pack to the injured finger and elevate the hand above the level of the heart.

What Is the Medical Treatment for a Finger Dislocation?

The doctor will realign the dislocated bones with a simple technique. This will often require a local anesthetic injection into the finger to help decrease or stop the pain and allow the doctor to reduce the dislocation and realign the bones. The patient may also receive medications by mouth, injection, or IV to help the pain and ease the reduction.

  • The injured finger will then be placed in a protective splint or be "buddy taped" to the healthy finger next to it. This will assure that the dislocation does not reoccur and avoid pain and further injury from movement.
  • The doctor may order a second X-ray to confirm the realignment of the finger and to check for any broken bones that may not have shown up on the first X-ray.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 11/2/2015

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