Finger Dislocation

What are Finger Dislocations?

Fingers are one of the most commonly dislocated joints in the body. Fingers become dislocated when the bones of the finger are moved (dislocated) from their normal position. Finger dislocation can occur in all finger joints; however, it is most common in the middle knuckle of the little, middle and index fingers.


Dislocations can happen when a bone is broken, but most commonly, fingers are dislocated without any breaks. Finger dislocations are often caused by ball sport accidents, especially when the finger is forced backward by a ball hitting the top of the finger.

Finger Dislocation Symptoms

Common symptoms of finger dislocations include:


  • Misshapen or shortened finger
  • Numbness or tingling
  • Swelling
  • The injured finger appears pale or changes colour
  • The dislocation may be accompanied by a break in the bone and will require prompt medical attention.

Finger Dislocation Assessment

A typical assessment for a finger dislocation involves:


  • Looking for signs of swelling, bruising or lacerations
  • Testing the full range of motion in your fingers
  • Testing for pain or sensitivity to touch
  • Xray

Finger Dislocation Treatment

Treatment for dislocated fingers is essential because if not treated correctly, you may end up with a permanent deformity to your finger. A hand therapy practitioner will typically conduct the following treatments:


  • Relocation of the joint if necessary (by a doctor)
  • Careful identification of the damaged structures of your finger
  • Splinting
  • Management of swelling
  • Home exercises
  • Sports guard to enable you to safely return to sport
Hand Conditions, Sports Injuries, Finger splint, Finger Dislocation, fractured/broken finger, sprained finger,

What’s next?

If you think that you may have dislocated your finger, consult one of our hand therapy practitioners today.


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First Aid for Finger Injuries

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First Aid, Finger Injuries


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