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Doctor insights on: How Could I Safely Dislocate My Finger And Pop It Back In The Joint

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Dr. Stratos Christianakis
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Joints (Definition)

Joints are parts of the body, formed by the cartilage-covered ends of bones plus the strong, flexible ligaments that attach the bones to one another. Movements at the joints in the body allow the different parts of the body to move in ...Read more


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5 yrs ago I dislocated a finger then trapped tissue in the joint, its back in place now but is weakened & can hurt/ache occasionally, is that expected?

5 yrs ago I dislocated a finger then trapped tissue in the joint, its back in place now but is weakened & can hurt/ache occasionally, is that expected?

Yes, but...: Injuries to the joints of the hand can persist, but if still having pain after 5 years you should see a hand surgeoin for further evaluation. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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Could it be possible to dislocate a finger joint without serious pain?

Could it be possible to dislocate a finger joint without serious pain?

Anything is possible: I suppose this could be the case and depending on the laxity of your joints, any underlying issues you may have such as marfan's syndrome, or a pain tolerance condition such that you don't feel as much pain, but otherwise, you should have a very painful, swollen, deformed looking finger and I would recommend an examination. ...Read more

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I dislocated my finger 10 yrs ago now and I have been waking up in the middle of night with pain at joint were it dislocated could it dilocated again?

I dislocated my finger 10 yrs ago now and I have been waking up in the middle of night with pain at joint were it dislocated could it dilocated again?

Finger: Sure it could dislocate again...But that is not likely the reason for your pain. It is more likely that the pain is from soft tissue irritation (cartilage, tendon, capsule). If it doesn't improve with nsaids, see an orthopedist for an xray and evaluation. ...Read more

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Are there any ways to treat a dislocated finger without pulling/popping it?

Are there any ways to treat a dislocated finger without pulling/popping it?

Not really: Some dislocated fingers reduce or set themselves. Others require traction and pressure in order to be reduced. See your doctor for more information. ...Read more

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My baby finger is bent at the last joint since I was a baby. Its bent inwards it looks dislocated but I can move it?

My baby finger is bent at the last joint since I was a baby. Its bent inwards it looks dislocated but I can move it?

Clinodactyly: That condition is called clinodactyly. It usually doesn't cause significant functional problems. More severe cases can cause issues with function and appearance. It can usually be corrected with a type of orthopedic surgery called an osteotomy. If it bothers you enough see your local orthopedic surgeon for an evaluation. ...Read more

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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! ...Read more

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I have Ehlers Danlos. I do have an issue with dislocations, but not in my fingers. I am able to do "magic tricks" with my fingers, though. I am only 41. Intermittently, my fingers, one finger at a time, will ache horribly deep inside the joint for hour

I have Ehlers Danlos. I do have an issue with dislocations, but not in my fingers. I am able to do "magic tricks" with my fingers, though. I am only 41. Intermittently, my fingers, one finger at a time, will ache horribly deep inside the joint for hour

Finger Pain: One of the problems with hyper mobile joints is they are not made to move that way. Therefore, they wear out. They get arthritis. The joint capsules wear and the fluid that lubricates the joint leaves the joint. The best thing you can do is stop doing "magic tricks", use some NSAID's. Talk to your doctor about what else to do. ...Read more

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Basically I dislocated my jaw yesterday and had to put it back in myself due to the pain it was out of place for about 3 minutes before I managed to pop it back. The discomfort around the joint is quite bad what should I take for it?

Hey Hey Hey---TMJ---: Boy, that hurts. How did you manage to do that? You probably tore some small tendon and/or muscle fibers, which explains the soreness. Common sense should now prevail: soft foods, great care when you yawn, brush your teeth, etc. Use Motrin for the pain and see how it goes over the next 2 weeks. If not significantly better see an oral surgeon who specializes in the temperomandibular joint (TMJ). ...Read more

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I've noticed irregular finger popping, or rather body popping, iz there a way to ease the habit of popping? I'd like to prevent joint damage.

I've noticed irregular finger popping, or rather body popping, iz there a way to ease the habit of popping? I'd like to prevent joint damage.

Get checked: Some patients have excessive flexibility in their joints. This popping although may not cause pain can actually cause tendonitis and rarely dislocations of these joints. Please see your doctor to rule out connective tissue discarders such as Marfans and Ehlers Danlos. ...Read more

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I am experiencing wrist pain, popping or snapping sound from joint, wrist weakness, finger weakness, hand pain, finger pain, knee pain, ankle pain...

I am experiencing wrist pain, popping or snapping sound from joint, wrist weakness, finger weakness, hand pain, finger pain, knee pain, ankle pain...

Be seen: A good medical screening exam would probably be a good place to start; in part screening for a variety of rheumatologist and structural abnormalities of the musculoskeletal system. ...Read more

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Dislocated finger and put it back in place, is this okay?

Dislocated finger and put it back in place, is this okay?

Instability?: Could be okay, but dislocation could result in a ligament injury requiring further care. Seek care with a hand surgeon. ...Read more

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My chiropractor told me I have a dislocated rib. He keeps adjusting it in place but it keeps popping back out. I'm icing it. What should I do next?

My chiropractor told me I have a dislocated rib. He keeps adjusting it in place but it keeps popping back out. I'm icing it. What should I do next?

Get second opinion: I would see an Orthopedist (Medical Doctor) for a second opinion. Do not recognize "dislocated" when it comes to ribs...Get someone else to look at it

Hope this helps

Dr Z
PS It does NOT sound "serious"... ...Read more

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Is my finger dislocated? Lately I have been having pain in my thumb and it will pop when I bend it I can not remember hitting it on anything. At times my finger will not pop when I bend it but the pain is still there help!

Popping,: Popping, clicking and locking is usually from a trigger finger or in this case a trigger thumb.
The tendon that moves the thumb is held inlace by pulleys or slings of thick tissue that hold the thumb down against the bone so that when you bend your thumb the tendon does not "bowstring" out away for the thumb surface. Think of belt lops on pants or the eyelets on a fishing pole that guide the fishing line and keep it in place.

The tendon can get inflamed form wear and tear, injury, or just because it can.
The pulley can get a little less flexible and take on stiffer characteristics

when these factors get to a certain point the tendon may then not glide as well as it ionce did and you get triggering

the range of symptoms can be pain, pain with a little click, no pain with a lot of click, even a t times locked down and not moving at all

early morning or may be worse. A lot of times once you get going int he am the symptoms go away

a hand surgeon will generally try to inject a trigger finger with corticosteroid to reduce the swelling.

Splinting may not work in that the finger may get stiffer but for thumbs in those who do a lot of hand intensive daytime activity, a soft neoprene guard or splint that is flexible may help get through the day
if conservative treatment does not work a surgical release may be offered.

The assh has a good brochure on this problem (see below). ...Read more

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What's the best way to put a dislocated finger back in place?

What's the best way to put a dislocated finger back in place?

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, what will prevent an appropriate reduction.
Best recommendation is go see a doctor. ...Read more

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If I have a dislocated finger can I just put it back in place?

Sometimes: Athletic trainers will often due on the field but they know what they are doing so I recommend you have a professional do it. You will need to monitor the rehab to make sure you get motion back and the soft tissues heal properly. ...Read more

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My shoulder joints is prone to dislocation. Dislocated thrice and tore my muscle shoulder 1 year ago. Advice on how to strengthen it back to normal?

See therapist: @ your age the chance of recurrent dislocation is very high~ (90%). If you haven't seen a certified therapist I would so u can work on a rotator cuff and scapular stabilizer strengthening program. Sometimes the use of a shoulder 'harness' temporarily during sporting activities is helpful. At this point it is prudent to see an orthopedic surgeon before u do any more damage to your shoulder. ...Read more

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I dislocated my finger a few days back, and had it popped back in. Are there any exercises I should do to avoid loss of motion in the finger?

I dislocated my finger a few days back, and had it popped back in. Are there any exercises I should do to avoid loss of motion in the finger?

Finger Dislocation: John, you ought to get an X-ray just to make sure you didn't break a small piece of bone off which will make the healing longer and potentially decrease your range of motion. You also need it examined to asses the ligaments which often can be torn in this type of injury which also can affect your motion. At that point you are ready to discuss exercises. ...Read more

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Knee joint dislocated five year back. Still patella is not in his poition, legaments broken, not able to bear weight. Is dis possible to replace knee.

Knee joint dislocated five year back. Still patella is not in his poition, legaments broken, not able to bear weight. Is dis possible to replace knee.

Depends on joint: The important question is, what is it a knee dislocation or patella dislocation? You would definitely need to start with a new MRI to evaluate it further. Once that is done, then the best care and plan can be made for the knee. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more