(Dislocated finger; Dislocation, Finger)
|Finger Dislocation With Swelling|
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- A jamming force applied to the end of the finger
- Finger being forcefully twisted or bent
- Finger being overextended (bent backward)
- Contact sports
- Previous finger dislocation or sprain
- Medical conditions or disease that make ligaments weak or loose such as Ehlers-Danlos or Marfan syndrome
- Severe pain
- Crooked or awkwardly bent shape
- Swelling and bruising in the injured area
- Numbness and/or tingling
- Inability to bend or straighten
- Ice—Apply ice or a cold pack to your finger for 15-20 minutes, 3-4 times a day for several days. This helps reduce pain and swelling. Wrap the ice or cold pack in a towel. Do not apply the ice directly to your skin.
- Elevate—Try to hold the injured hand above the level of your heart. This is to help the swelling go down. For example, place your hand up on a pillow. Using a sling for a few days keeps the hand somewhat elevated.
- Over-the-counter medication—such as ibuprofen, naproxen, or acetaminophen
American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons http://www.aaos.org/
The American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine http://www.sportsmed.org
Canadian Orthopaedic Association http://www.coa-aco.org/
Canadian Orthopaedic Foundation http://www.canorth.org/
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Finger (PIP joint) dislocation. National Center for Emergency Medicine Informatics website. Available at: http://www.ncemi.org/cse/cse0926.htm . Accessed December 28, 2012.
PIP dislocation. EBSCO DynaMed website. Available at: https://dynamed.ebscohost.com/about/about-us . Updated May 21, 2012. Accessed December 28, 2012.
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- Reviewer: Michael Woods, MD
- Review Date: 09/2013 -
- Update Date: 09/30/2013 -
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