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Finger dislocation (no fracture)

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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 placed in a specialist splint
  • 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
  • Leave your finger splint on at all times - take it off for washing only

What should I not do?

  • Avoid heavy lifting with your affected hand while injured

Will I be followed up?

  • Yes, you will have a follow-up appointment to see the hand therapy physio and you will you will be contacted shortly regarding a date and time. You will not necessarily be seen by Emergency Department (ED) or Orthopaedic staff again

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