Dislocations of the joints of the fingers may be reduced by taking a double half-hitch around the finger below the dislocation with a handkerchief, placing your left thumb back of the head of the dislocated bone, and as you pull on the handkerchief with your right hand push forward and downward with your left. The bone will readily slip into place.
Dislocations should be kept at rest for several days and any tendency toward inflammation kept down by the application of water. Severe dislocations, as those of the hip, should be treated similarly to fractures.
Moody, Charles Stuart. Backwoods Surgery & Medicine. New York: Outing Pub., 1916. Print.
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