Dislocation of the interphalangeal (IP) joints of the fingers, particularly on the ulnar side of the hand, is common; however, simultaneous dislocation of both IP joints of the same finger is uncommon, and no studies have reported this injury in patients with workers’ compensation claims. We describe a 56-year-old woman with simultaneous dislocation of distal and proximal IP joints, who was successfully treated using a dorsal blocking splint followed by several months of undergoing occupational therapy. She had sustained the injury from a fall on the ground at work and was promptly treated with open reduction at an outside facility. A nearly full return to previous range of motion and strength was noted by 6 months after the initial injury. Although patients with workers’ compensation have been described with worsened clinical outcomes, the combination of immediate treatment and multidisciplinary care may help successfully treat this unusual injury.
Boomer, Danika Z.; Kristin M. Loker; and Deana M. Mercer. "Simultaneous Dislocation of Both Interphalangeal Joints in the Same Digit of a 56-Year-Old Woman with Workers’ Compensation: A Case Report." UNM Orthopaedic Research Journal 5, 1 (2016). https://digitalrepository.unm.edu/unm_jor/vol5/iss1/29