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 backward. It is common during sports. A doctor can put your finger back in its normal position.
You probably knew that something was wrong with your 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 the finger. This will keep it in position while it heals. Your doctor may also recommend exercises to strengthen your finger. Rest and home treatment can also help you get better.
If you damaged bones or muscles, you may need more treatment.
Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse call line if you are having problems. It's also a good idea to know your test results and keep a list of the medicines you take.
Call your doctor or nurse call line now or seek immediate medical care if:
Watch closely for changes in your health, and be sure to contact your doctor or nurse call line if:
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Current as of: September 20, 2018
Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine & E. Gregory Thompson MD - Internal Medicine & Kathleen Romito MD - Family Medicine
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