How do you fix a Subluxed finger?
- Reduction. The first step in treating a dislocated finger or thumb typically involves carefully manipulating the bone back into the joint.
- Immobilization. After reduction, a person will normally need to wear a splint to protect and immobilize the injured finger while it heals.
- K-wire fixation.
What is a subluxation of finger?
Subluxation occurs when a bone is partially pulled or pushed out of place (out of its normal relationship to the other bones that make up a joint). This can happen in joints such as the kneecap, hip, finger, elbow, or shoulder.
How do you realign a ring finger?
Put your hand with the affected finger on top of your good hand. Use the thumb and fingers of your good hand to grasp below the middle joint of your affected finger. Bend and then straighten the last two joints of your affected finger. Repeat 8 to 12 times.
How do you tell if your finger is partially dislocated?
A dislocated finger is usually obvious. The finger appears crooked, swollen, and is very painful. It may be bent upward or at strange angles. You probably won’t be able to bend or straighten the finger if it is dislocated.
What happens if you leave a dislocated finger untreated?
Although a common injury, finger dislocations that are not treated properly can result in chronic pain, stiffness, poor function, and deformity. A dislocated finger is usually painful, swollen, red, visibly crooked, may be numb or tingling, and may be difficult to move.
Should you splint a dislocated finger?
The finger should be splinted or buddy strapped to the neighbouring finger immediately after reduction. This is to prevent it popping out again as you may have torn some of the supportive tendons or ligaments.
How do I know if I have a subluxation?
What Are Some of the Symptoms of a Subluxation?
- Pain near the impacted joint.
- Reduced mobility.
- Feelings of instability around a joint.
- Balance issues.
- Numbness or tingling.
- Altered gait or range of motion.
How long does a dislocated finger take to heal?
Finger dislocations usually mend with good results in approximately three to six weeks. Healing at times can be prolonged with these injuries with some swelling and stiffness persisting for up to six months.
How do you treat a dislocated finger at home?
Keep any protective splint or cast clean and dry. Ice the finger for 20 minutes every few hours for a few days, if you are able. Continue elevating your finger when possible. Take pain medication as prescribed by the doctor.