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A sprain is where your joint is overstretched. A dislocation of a joint is when the two surfaces of the joint are no longer in contact with each other. Some sprains or dislocations may result in a fracture or soft tissue/ligament damage, and usually occur as a result of an injury.

The most commonly injured joint is the Proximal Inter-phalengeal joint (PIPJ), which is the middle joint of each of your fingers. One of the important structures of this joint, the volar plate, can be sprained or damaged during injury, and may require hand therapy for guided recovery.

Hand therapy treatment may involve splinting to allow for healing as well as exercises to ensure you regain movement post injury. We may also provide tape/sleeves for swelling management. Your therapist will tailor your treatment specific to your injury.

Please see the information leaflet below for further information on this joint and how we manage it in Hand therapy.

*BEFORE COMMENCING ANY OF THE FOLLOWING ADVICE OR EXERCISES, PLEASE DISCUSS WITH YOUR HAND THERAPIST TO CONFIRM IF IT IS APPROPRIATE FOR YOUR INJURY/OPERATION*

Link for PIPJ information leaflet:

PIP joint injury