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Finger is Out of Joint Overview

Another name for Finger is Out of Joint is Finger Dislocation.

What is a finger dislocation?
A person with a finger dislocation has abnormal alignment of the bones in a finger. When an injury tears the ligaments around the joint, the bones may separate, resulting in abnormal alignment. In finger dislocation, the digit is painful, deformed, and swollen. Participation in sports is the most common cause of finger dislocation.

What are the symptoms of a finger dislocation?
Symptoms of a finger dislocation include finger pain, finger deformity, finger swelling, finger tenderness, bruising, and inability to move the finger without severe pain.

How does the doctor treat a finger dislocation?
Treatment for a finger dislocation may include rest, elevation, cold compresses, narcotic pain medications, and relocation of the joint. The placement of a finger splint is required after joint relocation. Some of these injuries may require surgery.

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Last Updated: Aug 26, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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