Finger dislocation (no fracture) - PIP Dorsal
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- What has happened?
- What should I expect?
- What should I do?
- What should I not do?
- Will I be followed up?
- What if I have concerns/questions?
What has happened?
- You have dislocated one of your fingers
- This is a relatively common injury where the bone temporarily moves out of place, and usually requires no further treatment
What should I expect?
- The injury will have been put back into place by Emergency Department (ED) staff and 'buddy strapped' to the finger next to it
- You will likely need to have your finger strapped for 3 to 4 weeks, occasionally longer
- The finger will be painful and swollen, and you may develop bruising on your finger and hand - this is normal
What should I do?
- Take regular pain relief (e.g. paracetamol and ibuprofen) as needed
What should I not do?
- Avoid heavy lifting with your affected hand while injured
Will I be followed up?
- Yes, a follow-up appointment in the Orthopaedic Clinic will be requested when you leave the Emergency Department (ED) and you will be contacted about a date and time
What if I have concerns/questions?
If your injury is not settling or you have other concerns, you should see your GP first - take your ACC form/number with you