Finger Dislocations

The most commonly dislocated joint of the body is the Proximal Phalangeal Joint (PIPJ) of the finger. Often associated with ball sports, a dislocation usually occurs when the finger is forced backwards by a ball hitting the tip of the finger. This can result in a fracture or disruption to the soft tissue structures that hold the joint stable.

Reduction (relocation) of the joint may be spontaneous, or can usually be achieved by a doctor/physiotherapist at the time of injury. Careful examination, in the form of an X-ray and hand therapy, is necessary to check for a fracture or significant injury which may require therapy. Structural injuries if untreated will cause permanent deformity.

Hand Therapy treatment for Finger Dislocations

1. A thorough assessment of your finger. An accurate assessment is the basis for successful treatment of your finger. There are a number of soft tissue structures that can be injured simultaneously to a dislocation. Careful identification of these damaged structures through a set of specific tests will guide the therapist as to your treatment requirements. Bring X-rays to your first appointment if you have them.
2. Treatment will include some and possibly all of the following:
Splinting
Swelling Management
Home exercises
Information handout
Sports Guard for a safe and timely return to sport

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