Originally Posted by Santana78
I'm experiencing an inability to raise or lift or point my right index finger. No pain or numbness. I'm an artist so this is really beginning to cause me stress; just been hoping it will pass. Anyone know of this?
You would seem to have a "Mallet Finger". The part involved is the distal bone and several conditions can cause the loss of extention. Firstly it is nearly always caused by forced flexion of the finger. Very common in baseball. football recievers and volleyball players. A surprising number get it because they catch there fingers on sweaters or putting on pants. Many just notice it one day after no apparent injury.
The commonest is the tendon breaking as it joins the bone, just past the last knuckle. Another cause is the tendon comes off with a tiny piece of bone. And last of all it comes off with a large piece of bone, big enough to make the joint unstable. Usually it is easy to push the distal bone into extention without much pain. No lumps or bumps can be seen or felt, no retaction of tendons, only perhaps a bit of puffiness. The question is what do we do. It is not true that it won't heal itself, most do with a little bit of help. The most effective ttreatment is to put on a splint into extention to get together the ends of the tendon or bone chip but just short of full extention. Unfortunately the splint has to be reaplied regularly and the extention maintained. If it is a large fragment and pulled away fom it's origin it may have to be operated on. Some fingers do very well and some not at all. You should really have an xray and see if it is infact a boney injury needing repair or a splintable condition.