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Doctor insights on: Sprained Finger Vs Dislocated Finger

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How do I know if I have a dislocated finger or just another sprained finger?

How do I know if I have a dislocated finger or just another sprained finger?

Xray and exam: Jammed fingers can result in simple sprains, dislocations, fracture-dislocations, and tendon ruptures. Unfortunately, even the most innocuous appearing finger could be a serious injury. The only way to know how serious is by getting an examination and x-ray. ...Read more

Dr. Payam Rafat
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Sprain (Definition)

A sprain is a medical term that describes an injury to soft tissue structures in the area. Common examples are a lumbar sprain, in which you might injure muscles in your back; or an ankle sprain in which you could injure ligaments about the ankle. Sprains can be from mild to severe, and so ...Read more


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How to treat dislocated finger?

How to treat dislocated finger?

Reduce joint: Reduced means to put the joint back into place, A dislocation needs the right post injury care. Small fractures that may seem unimportant to many physicians who are not trained to evaluate finger injuries can result in problems so see a hand surgeon. ...Read more

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Can someone tell me how to treat dislocated finger?

Can someone tell me how to treat dislocated finger?

Seek care: Dislocation should not be self reduced as can result in associated fracture or ligamentous injury. Seek care with a hand surgeon as your self reduction could result in further damage. ...Read more

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What's the appropriate rehab for a dislocated finger?

What's the appropriate rehab for a dislocated finger?

Varies: It varies somewhat based upon the specific nature of the injury; but in general, we typically splint a dislocated for approximately 3 weeks, assess the stability, and usually begin gentle range of motion at that point. You don't want to start range of motion too soon for concern or recurrent dislocation. ...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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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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The dr. Popped my dislocated finger into place but now it is swollen. Is this normal?

The dr. Popped my dislocated finger into place but now it is swollen. Is this normal?

Yes: It is normal to have swelling after a finger dislocation. As long as the finger is stable, meaning that there is no fracture and the finger is not able to easily be dislocated again, you may begin range of motion exercises, with warm soaks and an antiinflammatory such as advil (ibuprofen). However you should first consult your physician for further post dislocation care as your case may be atypical. ...Read more

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I have a dislocated finger. Help?

I have a dislocated finger. Help?

See your doctor: I would see your doctor right away. You will need at least an xray to make sure that there is no fracture in the area and that your ligaments are intact. If it is a true dislocation your finger may need to be braced.
Good luck. ...Read more

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Can a dislocated finger ever heal?

Can a dislocated finger ever heal?

Yes: Finger dislocations almost always heal. Most important you want to make sure there is no fracture (get an xray). The biggest problem we see with finger dislocations is stiffness. Occupational therapy is commonly needed to get the range of motion back. ...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 is done for a dislocated finger?

What is done for a dislocated finger?

Reduce joint: Reduced means to put the joint back into place, A dislocation needs the right post injury care. Small fractures that may seem unimportant to many physicians who are not trained to evaluate finger injuries can result in problems so see a hand surgeon. ...Read more

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How do you treat a dislocated finger?

How do you treat a dislocated finger?

Get it moving: Assuming the joint is back into place the most important thing is to prevent stiffness by performing range of motion exercises. An occupational therapist is very important in the process to encourage you and monitor your progress. ...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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What can I do to heal a dislocated finger?

What can I do to heal a dislocated finger?

See hand specialist: Dislocation of a finger joint is a common injury. Treatment often involves range of motion exercises and controlling the swelling of the joint. When treated promptly, patients can restore excellent function of the involved finger. However, a "dislocated" finger can often be associated with a fracture or other complex injury. It is best to see a hand specialist to determine the proper treatment. ...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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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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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 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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What can I do about a dislocated finger with no pain?

What can I do about a dislocated finger with no pain?

Anything you want: Dislocated fingers sometimes are not painful. Especially if they are chronic (been around for a while). If the finger repeatedly locates then dislocates surgery may help that annoying symptom. If it is always dislocated there may be a risk of developing arthritis, which is not without pain. Have it checked out. ...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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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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Is it too late for my dislocated finger to heal 4wks out?

Is it too late for my dislocated finger to heal 4wks out?

No, probably not: It depends upon the nature of your injury. A simple dislocation that is put back in place within a few hours will usually heal well, but it may take 8-10 weeks to regain full motion. If your finger is dislocated (i.e., the joint is not aligned properly) for four weeks, that is a much more complicated problem. You should see a hand surgeon to find out your options and prognosis. ...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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How long does it take a dislocated finger to grow in the wrong direction?

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 is effective therapy for a dislocated finger?

What is effective therapy for a dislocated finger?

Reduction, ice, spli: Acutely, it must be reduced to normal, then splinted and iced and elevated. One may need to have x-rays to rule out fracture or further problems and then may need some physical therapy. One may need to follow up with an orthopedist, hand surgeon or other. Expect some long term swelling of the joint, pain and loss of some function for a while. ...Read more

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How long is the recovery period for a dislocated finger?

How long is the recovery period for a dislocated finger?

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

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What should you do to speed up the healing time for a broken or dislocated finger?

What should you do to speed up the healing time for a broken or dislocated finger?

Go to an ER: The best thing to do is to be check at a local er or with your hand doctor. Your fracture may need to be splinted or you may need surgery. Sometimes is just a soft tissue problems.
Best recommendation is go see a doctor. Overall a fracture usually needs 4-6 weeks to heal. A ligamnet injury may need more time. ...Read more

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Will I need to go to the doctor for a dislocated finger?

Will I need to go to the doctor for a dislocated finger?

Yes as even a simple: Reduced dislocation needs the right post injury care. Small fractures that may seem unimportant to many physicians who are not trained to evaluate finger injuries can result in problems so see a hand surgeon. ...Read more

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What will happen if I don't see a doctor about dislocated finger?

Could be bad: If your finger remains dislocated for a prolonged period of time, it may be impossible to reduce without surgery. Long term complications can result. Even if you are able to reduce it yourself, you should be examined to rule out instability and fracture. ...Read more

Dislocated Finger (Definition)

Occurs when the bones of the finger are moved (dislocated) from their normal position. ...Read more