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Therapy 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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Medical attention: Only a trained medical professional should attempt to relocate a finger. After it has been splinted for several weeks many people find a course of hand therapy helpful. ...Read more
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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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