Finger Dislocation in Children

Finger dislocation is a condition in which the bone of your finger has moved away from its normal position. Dislocation can be caused from jamming or overextending the finger during sports activities, or during a fall with an outstretched hand.

What are the symptoms of finger dislocation?

The symptoms of a dislocated finger include:

  • Pain and difficulty in moving your finger
  • Finger appears to be crooked and swollen
  • A feeling of numbness or tingling
  • A break in the skin

How is a dislocated finger diagnosed?

Your doctor can diagnose a dislocated finger by a physical examination of your hand. Imaging tests like X-rays will be used to confirm the diagnosis of dislocation.

What are the treatment options?

Initially, you will be advised to remove any jewelry on the finger.   You will be instructed to apply an ice pack and keep your hand in an elevated position to reduce swelling. Your doctor will realign your dislocated finger, usually under local anesthesia and apply a splint or buddy tape it to the next finger for support.  Your doctor may prescribe pain medications to reduce pain and swelling.

  • American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
  • American Society for Surgery of the Hand
  • St. Luke's Roosevelt
  • Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children
  • NYU School of Medicine
  • North Shore LIJ
  • Pro Medical Newyork