Finger Dislocation



A finger dislocation is when a bone in the finger joint moves out of its normal place.

Dislocated Finger
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This injury is caused by trauma from:

  • A force that jams the end of the finger
  • Forcefully twisting or bending the finger
  • Forcefully bending the finger backwards

Risk Factors

Playing contact sports may raise your chance of this injury.



Symptoms may be:

  • Swelling and bruising
  • Pain
  • A change in the way the finger looks
  • Problems moving the finger


The doctor will ask about your symptoms and health history. You will be asked how the injury happened. An exam will be done that will focus on your finger.

Images may be needed of the injury. This can be done with an x-ray.



The finger bones will be moved back into place. A splint or tape may be used to hold the finger in place as it heals. Some people may need surgery for bones that cannot be moved back into place or the injury that is severe.


This injury is due to an accident. It cannot be prevented.

This content is reviewed regularly and is updated when new and relevant evidence is made available. This information is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to starting any new treatment or with questions regarding a medical condition.

Edits to original content made by Denver Health.

a (Dislocated finger; Dislocation, Finger)


American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine 

Ortho Info—American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons 


Canadian Orthopaedic Association 

When it Hurts to Move—Canadian Orthopaedic Foundation 


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