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.
Common symptoms of finger dislocations include:
A typical assessment for a finger dislocation involves:
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:
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