Finger/Thumb Dislocation

Hand & Wrist
NASPE/NCAT Sport Injury Resource

Indicators:
A joint (connection of two bones) of a finger or the thumb is disrupted (when a bone has slipped out of joint) due to an excessive bending or twisting of the joint. Dislocations are usually recognizable; there is obvious deformity and the joint appears crooked.
Treatment:
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.


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