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What are different ways to fix a dislocated finger?

What are different ways to fix a dislocated finger?

C a hand surgeon: 1'st b sure no fracture, a dislocation means ligament damage & u may need surgery. If it just happened & is deformed a quick pull on it won't hurt anything but u. U may straighten out the fx or relocate the joint. One try & get 2 ur hand surgeon. Some dislocations are trapped & irreducible without surgery. So repetitive tugs will b of no use. ...Read more

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Dislocated finger (pinky) during volleyball. How can I keep it from getting worse?

Dislocated finger (pinky) during volleyball. How can I keep it from getting worse?

Protect then move it: Xray is a good idea to confirm that the dislocation is reduced fully and that there is not a fracture. If that looks ok, 7-10 days of immobilization in a splint with occasional removal for cleaning and gentle range of motion. Then more aggressive stretching and strengthening exercises with the finger taped to the one next to it above and below the affected joint ("buddy taping"). ...Read more

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What is done for a dislocated finger?

What is done for a dislocated finger?

Reduce: Dislocated fingers need to be reduced before the ligaments heal shortened and the joints cannot be reduced. X-rays need to be taken before and after reduction to make sure there are no fractures. ...Read more

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How much time does it take to heal a dislocated finger?

How much time does it take to heal a dislocated finger?

Depends: If it is a simple dislocation with congruent reduction seen on xray vs a complex finger fracture dislocation that needs surgery. ...Read more

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How long does it take a dislocated finger to grow in the wrong direction?

No time: A dislocated finger will appear crooked immediately. If not treated soon it will continue to be crooked and most likely stiff. ...Read more

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What can be done about a dislocated finger ?

What can be done about a dislocated finger ?

Reduction: If it is acute (new, fresh), reduction (putting it back in place) and protection in a splint will usually take care of the problem unless there is severe damage to the cartilage or other soft parts. Sometimes surgery is needed. If it is chronic, the joint may be too damaged and the unstable; surgery may be needed. ...Read more

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Should I get evaluation for my dislocated finger?

Should I get evaluation for my dislocated finger?

Absolute: You need to see a hand surgeon, doctor to evaluate your finger and make sure there is no deeper looming problems. ...Read more

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What to do for a dislocated finger?

What to do for a dislocated finger?

Put it back in: The first step is to reduce or put the joint back into place. The biggest problem we see with these injuries is stiffness. Occupational therapy is commonly required. See a hand surgeon. ...Read more

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What to do about a potential dislocated finger?

What to do about a potential dislocated finger?

Go to an ER: The best thing to do is to be check at a local er. You could have a fracture or soft tissue interposition in associatio with your dislocation, what will prevent an appropriate reduction. Best recommendation is go see a doctor. ...Read more

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What can be done for a dislocated finger?

What can be done for a dislocated finger?

Splint and protect: A dislocation may represent weakness of the ligaments supporting the joint structure. Splinting of an acutely injured joint may allow spontaneous healing of these ligaments. Repeated or recurrent injury may require surgical repair. ...Read more

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