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I dislocated my little finger 6 weeks ago. Now the bottom of my finger is bigger than the top., down the left side just above the knuckle it's swollen and still a bit painful and stiff.

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I would like to know whether the dislocation was treated. If so how ? (splint / manipulation ). Was an Xray taken at the time of injury ? Are you able to bend the the finger ? Is there pain even when the finger is rested ?

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Patient replied :

Yes, it was put back into place on the day and splint for a week and x rays taken before and after and all was OK.I can bend the finger but not as easily as the others and there is no pain when finger is rested.

Thank you for the additional details.

I discussed your concern with our team Orthopaedician. It seems there is still inflammation in the joint and the injury is not well healed. Nothing particular has to be done as of now.

You can wait about a week more to see if the joins settles by its-own. Rest the finger (avoid holding heavy objects, bags). BUT do move the fingers normally. If in 1-2 weeks there is no improvement you might need a repeat Xray and splinting . The repeat xray will give an idea about the current status of the joint and also will rule out a fracture.

Hope this helps
Thank you

Dr. Jaydeep Tripathy
Category: HIV- AIDS Specialist
MBBS from Sri Ramachandra University in December 2011
M.Med (Family Medicine) - TNMGR University, Chennai
MBA-MPH in Public Health in March 2016, SRM University
Finished AFIH in March 2016, SRM University
MRCP ( UK ), Internal Medicine, Royal College of Physicians, June 2016
Fellowship in Diabetology from Martin Luther University in January 2017

Currently Resident Physician, in MD Radiodiagnosis - Kamakshi Memorial Hospital, Chennai
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