|Although it may seem logical to pull a finger or thumb bone back into
place, DO NOT try to reduce or put the bone back in its
joint. You may cause further damage to the bone, joint, or underlying tissue
by reducing a dislocation yourself. Splint the dislocated finger or thumb
in its current position, place ice over the area, and refer the athlete
to a physician for x-rays. Allow trained medical personnel to reduce a thumb
or finger dislocation. Expect the athlete to wear some type of splint over
the area to help the joint and supporting ligaments to heal.