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    Old 04-17-2008, 08:21 AM   #1
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    Dislocated finger-how long till it heals?

    Hi

    I dislocated my ring finger on my L hand 2 weeks ago. I went to the hospital and it was reduced and buddy taped. I was told to take the tape of to shower etc. and then after 2 weeks remove it totally.
    My finger is slightly painful but I cannot bend it more than halfway. It's not specially sore to bend-it just won't go any furthur. Even when it was buddy taped it wouldn't bend any more than that. The knuckle is still very swollen-I did expect that but I thought I would be able to bend it more. It also doesn't straighten totally.
    Has anyone else dislocated a finger? How long should it take to heal?
    I know 2 weeks is not long but I want to make sure it's healing the way it should

     
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    Old 04-18-2008, 09:37 AM   #2
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    Re: Dislocated finger-how long till it heals?

    Did the hospital tell you to follow up with your family doctor or a specialist? You might need some special exercises to recover the full function of your hand.

    I mean, it's a hand. You want it to work right.

     
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    Re: Dislocated finger-how long till it heals?

    Thanks for replying.
    After reducing the dislocation they decided not to do a follow up x-ray. The joint seemed stable.
    I had to go to the hand clinic 24 hours after having it reduced. They seemed happy as it was stable and said I didn't need any follow up but to contact them if I had any problems.
    I don't know if the inability to bend more than half way/fully straighten it yet is normal and don't want to call and make an appointment if things will improve. It's not that sore-more tender than sore......but because it is my hand and I really need it to function properly I don't want to leave things if it's not right.

     
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    Re: Dislocated finger-how long till it heals?

    I know it's been a few days, but I suggest you call the clinic and ask them.

    Also, you could try a little gentle stretching to see if you can improve your range of motion. Don't push if it hurts.

     
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    Thanks for replying.

    I called the clinic and they will see me next week.

    It's not pain stopping me moving the finger - it just won't straighten. It's still pretty swollen and I think that's what's stopping it from bending. Hopefully the clinic will tell me everythings good

     
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    Re: Dislocated finger-how long till it heals?

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    Thanks for replying.

    I called the clinic and they will see me next week.

    It's not pain stopping me moving the finger - it just won't straighten. It's still pretty swollen and I think that's what's stopping it from bending. Hopefully the clinic will tell me everythings good
    I dislocate dmy little finger and it never went straight again, becasue of work i kept missing physio appointments. It definately worth it keeping up with regular physio if you want it to go back to normal!

     
    Old 05-17-2008, 02:14 PM   #7
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    Re: Dislocated finger-how long till it heals?

    Maya25! I dislocated my finger 1 month ago and have exactly the same experience! the NHS dont take the hand therapy for dislocations very seriously at all - I have been waiting for an appointment for 3 weeks!

    Also dont have full flexibility. I dislocated the distal phalanx of my index finger. which bone did u dislocate?

    Anyway - What the latest with Dr. advice that you've had? Im sure there are exercises that should be done. Im going to give up on NHS and pay for a private hand specialist next week. Worth it I think. Will let you know what he says if you're interested?




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    Hi

    I dislocated my ring finger on my L hand 2 weeks ago. I went to the hospital and it was reduced and buddy taped. I was told to take the tape of to shower etc. and then after 2 weeks remove it totally.
    My finger is slightly painful but I cannot bend it more than halfway. It's not specially sore to bend-it just won't go any furthur. Even when it was buddy taped it wouldn't bend any more than that. The knuckle is still very swollen-I did expect that but I thought I would be able to bend it more. It also doesn't straighten totally.
    Has anyone else dislocated a finger? How long should it take to heal?
    I know 2 weeks is not long but I want to make sure it's healing the way it should

     
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