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Old 07-08-2010, 01:52 PM   #1
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5th metacarpal fracture with fixation pins

i broke my pinky in a biking accident and because it was rotated over 40 degrees, required surgery with 2 pins. my question is this? my surgeon did not mention that i should be trying to move the finger at all in the 3-4 weeks that the pins will be in, but i have read that not moving it for 4-5 weeks could results in significant scar tissue-related stiffness that is sometimes quite difficult to overcome.
does anyone have an experience that suggest that there might be a school of thought that is not in line with keeping the finger still? i have a removable splint ...

 
Old 09-13-2010, 04:56 PM   #2
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Re: 5th metacarpal fracture with fixation pins

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i broke my pinky in a biking accident and because it was rotated over 40 degrees, required surgery with 2 pins. my question is this? my surgeon did not mention that i should be trying to move the finger at all in the 3-4 weeks that the pins will be in, but i have read that not moving it for 4-5 weeks could results in significant scar tissue-related stiffness that is sometimes quite difficult to overcome.
does anyone have an experience that suggest that there might be a school of thought that is not in line with keeping the finger still? i have a removable splint ...
How is your hand now?I broke my 5th metacarpal 6 wks ago, in a removable splint,hard to say how its progressing,I have no strengh in my hand and grip

 
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Old 09-13-2010, 05:06 PM   #3
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Re: 5th metacarpal fracture with fixation pins

got the pins out and had absolutely no grip for several weeks - but in a mad attempt at physical therapy to move it I broke through scar tissue. It hurt like heck at the time but I went from 15 degrees to 60 degrees in about 2 seconds and now am almost back to normal. don't stop trying now.. my hand surgeon said that the window of opportunity is about 2 months.

 
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