An injury where the ends of the finger bones are forced out of the normal alignment is called dislocated finger. It is common to feel pain and comes from sports injury. It is possible to have this if you pull, push, grab or reach while playing sports.
Dislocation is visibly obvious and requires immediate medical attention. Don’t try to fix it yourself or let friend move back into place.
Finger dislocation may be caused by a jamming force applied. It is possible to have finger dislocation also if finger is forcefully overextended.
Decreasing of a finger is specified if the joint space is moderately or completely disrupted, with or without an open wound.
Signs and symptoms of dislocated finger
If the appearance of finger crooked, swollen and painful, it is an indication that you have a dislocated finger. Bending or straightening the finger may be difficult for a person who has a dislocated finger. The following are considered symptom that indicates that you have a dislocated finger:
- The finger may have a pale color
- Dislocation also causes break in the skin where injury occurred.
- Loss of action in the finger
A dislocated finger is typically obvious. The finger looks crooked, swollen, and is very painful. It may be twisted upward or at odd angles. The person possibly won’t be able to bend or straighten the finger if it is dislocated.
Finger Dislocation Treatment
It is an emergency scenario if finger is dislocated and needs immediate medical treatment. To prevent further injury apply an ice pack to you affected finger and elevate the hand above heart level to avoid swelling. Some pain reliever may be prescribed by the doctor like aspirin, ibuprofen, naproxen and acetaminophen. Heat can also be used to make finger feel better, if the doctor treated the dislocation already. The doctor will give the approval into this method. Always follow the doctors instruction for proper treatment of dislocated finger.
How to Prevent a Finger Dislocation
Removing rings or other jewelry before joining any sports and during work using your hands, especially around machinery is advised to prevent dislocation of finger. You may also consider wearing of protective gloves if possible.
Dislocation of finger may be caused by any unavoidable accidents. It usually occurs in the middle joint, between proximal and middle phalanges.