Finger Dislocation

ExitCare Image A finger dislocation happens when your finger bones separate from where they connect with each other. It usually happens to the joint closest to your knuckle (proximal interphalangeal joint).

Your doctor will put your bones back in the joint. This may be done by pulling on your finger or through surgery. A bandage (dressing) or splint will be placed around your joint. The bandage or splint holds your finger in place while it heals.


  • Rest your injured joint. Do not move it until told to do so.

  • Put ice on your injured joint as told by your doctor.

  • Put ice in a plastic bag.

  • Place a towel between your skin and the bag.

  • Leave the ice on for 15-20 minutes at a time. Do this every 2 hours while you are awake.

  • Raise (elevate) your hand above your heart as told by your doctor.

  • Only take medicines as told by your doctor.


  • Your bandage or splint becomes damaged.

  • Your pain becomes worse, not better.

  • You lose feeling in your finger or it becomes cold or white.


  • Understand these instructions.

  • Will watch your condition.

  • Will get help right away if you are not doing well or get worse.