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Finger Dislocation (cont.)

What Follow-up Is Needed for a Finger Dislocation?

  • Apply an ice pack to the injured area for 20-30 minutes every three to four hours for the first two to three days, or until the pain and swelling have subsided. This should lessen the pain and swelling that results from the finger dislocation.
  • Elevate the injured finger on several pillows while lying down or on the back of a couch or chair while sitting. This will help reduce swelling and the pain that results.
  • The doctor may prescribe anti-inflammatory or pain medication to help control the pain of the injury. Take all medications only as prescribed by the doctor.
  • The doctor may refer the patient to a bone specialist in the week or so following the injury. The specialist will be able to monitor the healing process of the finger.
  • Depending on the bone dislocated and any additional injuries, the finger will be splinted for a shorter or longer period. The doctor may give the patient exercises to perform during the healing process, which will help strengthen the finger and reduce the chance of decreased function of the finger.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 11/2/2015

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