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what if your finger is out of place will the doctor have to put it back in place if its just a sprain or will it heal back in place on its own?

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Dr. John Velyvis
22 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
Fingers: If you have dislocated the joint, it will need to be manipulated back into place or it will not ever work right and will destroy the cartilage. If it is a sprain, an exam needs to determine if it is stable and can be left alone, splinted or buddy taped, or if it is unstable and needs more work.
Answered on Feb 16, 2015
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Dr. John Velyvis
22 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
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Yes, any dislocation of a joint, even a finger, must be reduced by the doctor, or it will remain dislocated. If it is NOT dislocated but sprained, then it may have an excellent chance to fully recover. Occasionally, a sprain is so severe that ligaments are torn making for an unstable situation that must be operated on. So this injury should be evaluated by an orthopedic surgeon. Hope this helps
Feb 16, 2015

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