When the bones of a finger are forced out of their normal position, it is called a dislocated finger. This can happen when a finger jams or bends backwards. This is common during sports. A doctor can put your child's finger back in its normal position.
Your child probably knew that something was wrong with his or her finger right away. This is because a dislocated finger usually hurts a lot. And it doesn't look straight.
Your doctor may have put a splint on your child's finger to keep it in place while it heals. Your doctor may also recommend exercises to strengthen your child's finger. And you can help your child get better with rest and home treatment.
If your child damaged bones or muscles, he or she may need more treatment.
Follow-up care is a key part of your child's treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse call line if your child is having problems. It's also a good idea to know your child's test results and keep a list of the medicines your child takes.
Call your doctor or nurse call line now or seek immediate medical care if:
Watch closely for changes in your child's health, and be sure to contact your doctor or nurse call line if:
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Current as of:
May 23, 2016
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
& E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine
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