Finger Dislocation (cont.)
Finger Dislocation Follow-up
- Apply an ice pack to the injured area for 20-30 minutes every 3-4 hours for the first 2-3 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 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.
- The injured finger will be splinted for 3-6 weeks if the healing process goes well.
- 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.
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