What is a finger dislocation?
There are 3 joints in each finger except the thumb which has 2. Each of these joints is held together by ligaments which keeps the bones aligned. Joints allow us to bend our fingers which enable us to use them for all activities. A dislocation occurs when the ligaments which hold the bones together are damaged, allowing the bones to move out of place. Finger dislocations happen commonly when a ball hits the tip of the finger, forcing the joint out of place. Also getting your fingers caught in equipment (helmets, pads, or jersey) or falling directly on your finger can all cause dislocation.
What are the symptoms?
Pain, deformity, and swelling and inability to bend the injured joint.
What is the treatment?
Splinting, icing and manual relocation of the joint by a qualified person.