Finger and Thumb Dislocations

Fingers and thumbs are often injured during sporting activities, in crush accidents, and by being pulled or bent in workplace accidents. Whist they may seem small, they can become a chronic problem, limiting your ability to make a fist, reducing grip strength, and/or causing deformity at other joints. Ligaments join bone to bone and contain lots of nerve endings, which is why they can cause instability and pain. Ligaments are often over-stretched or torn, causing a joint to dislocate.

Finger and thumb joints have ligaments on their sides called ‘collateral ligaments’ and a ligament on the palm side called the ‘volar plate’.

Your therapist will complete a comprehensive assessment, including the mechanism of injury, your pain levels, and test the joint range of movement and stability. We may ask for a copy or your x-ray or ultrasound or ask your doctor to arrange one. This is to check the extent of the injury, for example, seeing if bone has been broken, determining how stable the joint is, and looking for surrounding tissue damage. You may be referred to a surgeon if there are any concerns.

At Hand Works we use an array of treatment modalities from splinting to stretching exercises to address different issues following a finger/thumb dislocation injury. Do contact us if you have further questions regarding your injury on 1300 887 798.