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Old 02-11-2008, 08:17 AM   #1
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Sprained finger that was never attended to...problem?

I had lost my balance in school going up a flight of stairs so I leaned forward and went to fall on a step in front of me. As I fell forwar, my left hand fell against the step, however, due to the manner by which I fell, all four fingers touched the step, but my pinky sort of stretched and missed the step.

In other words, it was stretched all the way to the left. This happened in 1993, so I don't remember exact details - it was swollen for a few days, and my parents didn't think much of it.

Years later, and even today, I have come to realize that it is either sprained or slightly out of its socket. It doesn't hang, I have quite well control of it, however, I have noticed that when it comes to curling my hand to hold a cup, I cannot curl the pinky quite around the cup. All fingers are together, but the pinky is (maybe) an inch away from the ring finger.

Don't ask me why my parents never took me to a doctor to have it fixed - it really did not look threatening at the time since the swelling went away quickly.

However, now my grip on things is not the tightest, though this is simply just my feel and observation on it. Do you thinik I should bother fixing it? Can it be fixed? As I'm typing, it is straight and normnal, it's just my grip on certain things make it not as reliable. Thoughts?

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Old 02-11-2008, 09:09 AM   #2
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Re: Sprained finger that was never attended to...problem?

Unless you plan an occupation that demands precision handwork, like brain surgeon or concert violinist, I wouldn't bother with it. Everyone's body eventually sustains some kind of damage that either can't be fixed or is easier to live with than to fix.

 
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Old 02-11-2008, 09:32 AM   #3
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Re: Sprained finger that was never attended to...problem?

would you know if it would be helpful to tie it to my ring finger, let's say, with gauge of some sort, for a certain period at a time, and maybe it might go back in its socket? Or do things like open/close fingers while have it banded? Would this do anything?

 
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Re: Sprained finger that was never attended to...problem?

I don't know. But after 15 years, I'd say exercises or banding probably won't do much. Run it by an orthopedist for an opinion if it bothers you a lot.

 
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