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Dr. Mark Galland Dr. Galland
Orthopedic Surgery
28 years in practice
Tulane University School of Medicine
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Will they put a cast on a broken and dislocated pinky finger?

Will they put a cast on a broken and dislocated pinky finger?

Depends...: A fracture on the end of the finger can be splinted easier than those close to the hand. The closer you get to the hand the higher your chances for a cast. There are various types of fracutres that can occur with a dislocation and some are more severe than others. Some may require simple splinting, and others may require surgery. Can you provide more specifics about your individual situation?

Dr. Jeffrey Wint Dr. Wint
Surgery - Hand Surgery
31 years in practice
Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons
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Dislocated pinky finger about a week ago still swollen and have stinging pain in joint?

Dislocated pinky finger about a week ago still swollen and have stinging pain in joint?

Swelling is common: After dislocation but a fracture dislocation with subluxaiton (imperfect position) of the joint, a tendon or ligament tear that needs further treatment or even swelling that interferes with return of normal motion can make recovery more complex. Seek treatment with a hanf surgeon, many dislocations ar not as simple as they are made out to be!

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Dr. Pavel Conovalciuc Dr. Conovalciuc
Family Medicine
19 years in practice
State Medical University N Testemitanu of Republic of Moldova
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I dislocated my pinky finger and popped it back into place last week, how long will it usually take to heal?

I dislocated my pinky finger and popped it back into place last week, how long will it usually take to heal?

Depends: It depends on the amount and nature of injury you had. If there's no fracture, i'd recommend buddy taping or having it in a finger splint for as long as the pain subsides and then you start doing some range of motion exercises until you are able to fully use it. If there's a fracture, the finger must be buddy taped for a number of weeks (depending on the fracture) and then as above.

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Dr. Ahmad M Hadied Dr. Hadied
Orthopedic Surgery
45 years in practice
University of Damascus Faculty of Medicine
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I dislocated my pinky finger. There is limited feeling, swelling and pain. What can I do to stop this and regain feeling?

I dislocated my pinky finger. There is limited feeling, swelling and pain. What can I do to stop this and regain feeling?

See an orthopedist: Interphalangeal joint dislocations of the fingers is common. Typically associated with forced hyperextension or hyperflexion of the digit, they require immediate reduction. This joint is a hinge joint that allows only flexion and extension and consists of several ligamentous complexes. Patient have dislocation should consult specialist asap.

Dr. Otto Placik Dr. Placik
Surgery - Plastics
30 years in practice
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
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Dr. Christopher Piller Dr. Piller
Orthopedic Surgery
23 years in practice
Duke University School of Medicine
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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").

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Dr. David Tuckman Dr. Tuckman
Surgery - Hand Surgery
19 years in practice
Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University
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Dr. Peter Ihle Dr. Ihle
Orthopedic Surgery
50 years in practice
University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health
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How do I tell if my left pinky finger is sprained, dislocated, or broken?

How do I tell if my left pinky finger is sprained, dislocated, or broken?

See ortho: Many times as soon as u injure it and look at it, if there is deformity at the joint, = dislocation with/with out fx and ligament damage. If deformity is between the joint, = fracture. If it is just grossly swollen, u need to c an orth surg and b eval + xrays 2 b sure, and 2 get proper treatment no matter what u think it is!

Dr. Jeffrey Kass Dr. Kass
Podiatry
24 years in practice
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My pinky finger was dislocated when I was a child. It is still dislocated. Do I need a surgery. If so, then will it be as good as nothing ever happened?

My pinky finger was dislocated when I was a child. It is still dislocated. Do I need a surgery. If so, then will it be as good as nothing ever happened?

Depends on the: Damage, if able to reconstruct what was damaged possible. Sometimes ligaments shred and scar tissue develops etc and may not be able to fix like it was.

Dr. Audie Rolnick Dr. Rolnick
Orthopedic Surgery
36 years in practice
Mount Sinai School of Medicine
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Dr. Mark Weston Dr. Weston
Orthopedic Surgery - Spine
27 years in practice
University of Nebraska College of Medicine
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I dislocated my pinky a week ago and my finger still hurts and I lost a lot of my finger movement. Other than ice and splinting how can I heal faster?

Wait rest then ot: Ice bath with finger motion when your doc takes you out of the splint they are waiting for a ligament to heal so you don't have problem later occupational therapist when out of splint.

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Dr. John Munshower Dr. Munshower
Family Medicine
26 years in practice
Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine - Georgia Campus
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Should I have pinky finger fusion surgery? Dislocated pinky a long time ago and now is arthritic. It is swollen and it's hard to bend. No more ligaments

Your call: Ultimately, that answer lies in you. Have a conversation with your surgeon about the pros and cons of your specific case. If you are in pain, your finger can not bend, etc, and there is a possibility the surgery will help those issues, that may play a role in your decision. Good luck.

Dr. Norma Jo Waxman Dr. Waxman
Family Medicine
29 years in practice
Saint Louis University School of Medicine
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Would a doctor treat a pinky finger that was dislocated at both joints and continues to be swollen, painful, and now bent?

Would a doctor treat a pinky finger that was dislocated at both joints and continues to be swollen, painful, and now bent?

Should be seen: Depending on where the fracture is you may need surgery. Do not wait to get evaluated for casting vs surgical repair

Dr. Annette Occhialini Dr. Occhialini
Surgery - Plastics
32 years in practice
University of Texas Medical School at San Antonio
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I dislocated the joint near my nail on my pinky finger and my friend popped it back. Should I still go to the doctor?

I dislocated the joint near my nail on my pinky finger and my friend popped it back. Should I still go to the doctor?

Yes: It is possible to rupture a tendon when you dislocate a joint. You could also have a small chip fracture along with the dislocation. Either of these could require further treatment.

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Dr. Michael Michaels Dr. Michaels
Urology
49 years in practice
University of Alexandria Faculty of Medicine
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I dislocated my left ring finger and three months later i. Cant close my hand all the way..... What's wrong?

I dislocated my left ring finger and three months later i. Cant close my hand all the way..... What's wrong?

Get help: See your doctor who will get your hand xrayed and may refer you to a hand specialist. Goodluck

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Dr. Neil Halin Dr. Halin
Radiology - Interventional
35 years in practice
Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine - Georgia Campus
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My right hand index finger got stuck in door and my proximal phalange has a clean break and has dislocated a bit. Can you please advise.

My right hand index finger got stuck in door and my proximal phalange has a clean break and has dislocated a bit. Can you please advise.

Listen to a doctor: You obviously went to a doctor or an emergency room to get an xray to know about the break and dislocation. Why would you not listen to what they told you? See an orthopedic surgeon for more treatment if you do not like the care that you got from the er>.

Dr. Ajay Acharya Dr. Acharya
Internal Medicine
33 years in practice
A P Singh University, S. S. Medical College
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Dr. Heidi Fowler Dr. Fowler
Psychiatry
21 years in practice
Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences F. Edward Hebert School of Medicine
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0 answers: I dislocated my elbow last sat & now my hand is getting really swollen, with a bluish tinge. Is this normal? I can feel my fingers, but it's difficult to bend my wrist up because my hand is so fat. It's 1:30am in the morning. How serious is th

0 answers: I dislocated my elbow last sat & now my hand is getting really swollen, with a bluish tinge. Is this normal? I can feel my fingers, but it's difficult to bend my wrist up because my hand is so fat. It's 1:30am in the morning. How serious is th

Hello,: Hello, I don't know if you had your elbow treated or not. I would be concerned that there may be some vascular issue which is preventing fluids from draining from your hand. I do recommend that this be evaluated.

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