Anyone ever sprained a finger, or...

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  1. stevel

    stevel Member

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    dislocated or broken it...?

    I don't know what I did to mine. Middle finger, RH (picking hand).

    Was trying to pull the lawnmower out of the garage and yanked under the wheel wells and "pop" and "ahhhhhhhhh!"

    Knew I did something.

    Was able to move it - full range of motion. Iced it up. Hurt at first but calmed down. Next day, swelled (joint closest to my palm, like where you'd wear a ring).

    It's remained nominally swollen.

    It's sore and a bit stiff to make a fist - like if I make a fist I can feel a little presser where the swelling is and it makes it harder to fold it all the way down.

    It actually was doing OK - I could extend fingers, I could make a fist, with just a little "pressure" - like when I was a kid and used to "jam" my finger playing basketball (that's where the ball hits your finger dead on and jams it back into your knuckle/hand like driving in a post).

    At first, couldn't open a soda can (use my middle finger to pull up the tab) but could later. Got to the point where I could squeeze all around and feel no pain - so I just didn't think it was broken.

    More likely, feel like maybe it popped out of joint - dislocated and then popped back in maybe?

    Thought it was slowly on the mend but this morning was a bit more sore and stiffer.

    On touching it, most pain is on the palm side of the main knuckle, with fullness on the palm side of that first joint (where you wear a ring).

    Everything looks and feels symmetrical...except for the fullness of that first joint....

    Can play :)

    Can even play classical (RH work no problem) and keys (and putting pressure on a piano key is no problem now, unlike initially).
     
  2. MoPho

    MoPho International Man of Leisure Silver Supporting Member

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    Many times playing soccer and getting a ball kicked dead on into a finger. Lots of ice and bourbon.
     
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    84superchamp Silver Supporting Member

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    go see an orthopaedic doc, get a cortisone injection in the injured area and some pain pills.
     
  4. FiestaRed

    FiestaRed Gold Supporting Member

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    That happened to my index finger the last time I got punched in the nose.
     
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    Many, many times from basketball and martial arts.

    Hurts like hell and takes forever to heal. Only had to get cortisone once, that was a left thumb that didn't want to heal.

    Believe it or not, plastic surgeons are the speciality that get hands. Their skill set apparently lends itself well to the intricacies of the fingers and hands. Never forget when I went in to the doc the first time about my thumb and saw boob implants being displayed. :omg

    Good luck.
     
  6. Hwoltage

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    Your finger is fine. If it was dislocated, you would know it. If it was broken, you would know it. You have sprained it.

    If you do anything that hurts, don't do that. :)

    Tape that finger to your middle finger, and wipe with the alternate hand.
     
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    no, only thing i did to my fingers was cut the hell out of them.

    it was bad enough to rip the tendons out of my ankle, can't imagine a finger.
     
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    lol!! yeah, good luck with the "other hand" .

    :bow too funny!
     
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    Reverse horns.

    n|||n
     
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    I've had a sprained thumb on my picking hand for the last 2 weeks. Thought it would have healed by now. Doesn't really hurt to play but is uncomfortable. Ice helps
     
  12. bgh

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    I hit my hand on our counter once and fractured it. It was my fingering hand. Unfortunately, I was not able to play for several weeks. Go get it looked at. Make sure it's only sprained and that you have not done any other damage to it.

    Hope all is well.
     
  13. SteveO

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    I broke my fretting hand index finger about 20 years ago, when I was still in a band that was gigging every weekend. I wasn't able to work in the band for a couple of weeks until the splint was off, but in the meantime I learned how to fret most of the open chords without the use of my index finger.
     
  14. stevel

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    That's kind of what I gathered from the internets doctors.

    Don't worry, I already wipe with the other hand. The hand with the hurt finger is used for that other thing (no fear, tests good)
     
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    Yeah it's been 2.5 weeks now. Definitely felt better today than yesterday.
     
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    Soak it in cider...
     
  17. Brian D

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    I dislocated my thumb twice in the same spot within 5 days. The second time I cried.
     
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    lefort_1 Nuzzled Firmly Betwixt Gold Supporting Member

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    Time for a 'hillbilly xray'.

    Run down to the local hardware store and pick up one of those 1 million candlepower flashlights.... they run about 12-15 bucks around here.

    Go into a dark room.

    Set the bigarse'd flashlight down so it points straight up.

    Turn it on.

    Put your hand down on the lens .

    You'll get a rough image of the bone and circulatory structure.

    I'm guessing you'll see a lot of 'spreading darkness' in that finger, which is actually bruising.

    Take a picture of this and post it.

    For fun.

    ....and for srs, if it persists in being a problem, go see a doc.
     
  19. drewl

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    Of course.


    Tug a runner out on third base, fired the ball to first for a double play and noticed my pinkie was running away from my hand at a 45 degree angle.


    That finger snapped back, but first finger on right hand is still funky from jamming it years ago.
     
  20. TheoDog

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    Finger sprains are frustrating for sure.
    Not severe enough for medical attention, but problem enough to interfere with guitar playing. Take forever to heal since hands get used all day long.

    I have a couple finger sleeves that have ice gel packs in them. If I have a finger sprain, I will wear one for half hour before a gig and then overnight after. The ice loses its cool pretty quick since it is small, but the neoprene works to limit movement enough to speed healing.

    I'm a sucker for Aleve.
     

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