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Finger Dislocation (cont.)

What Is the Prognosis of a Finger Dislocation? What Is the Recovery Time for a Dislocated Finger?

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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.

Is It Possible to Prevent a Finger Dislocation?

Finger dislocations are usually the result of an accident, and accidents are not always preventable.

  • When possible, however, avoid getting finger(s) stuck in objects such as athletic jerseys, basketball nets, and football helmets.
  • Wear protective gloves when possible.
  • Remove rings or other jewelry before participating in athletic events and when working with the hands, particularly around machinery.


Polansky, Robin. "Finger Dislocation Joint Reduction." Dec. 3, 2013. <

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 11/2/2015

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