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    Old 06-16-2006, 10:11 AM   #1
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    Finger Fracture--questions

    Hi,

    I fractured my finger , ring finger left hand, 6 weeks ago. When it was xrayed they said it was the very tiny bone in the upper knuckle region of the finger and that a tendon that goes up our finger and joins there tore off and took a bit of bone with it. (sounds worse than it felt, when it happened it was just achy). Anyway, they splinted it and said that these things heal themselves usually and to wear the splint for 6 weeks. I also called my dr. and he concurred with this and said that if it did not heal properly then to see him but usually , as urgent care said, it does heal itself.

    Well, 6 weeks was yesterday, I took the splint off and it does look better than it did , in that it is not as bent forward as it was, but there is still a bit of a bend in that knuckle (downward) and a bit of swelling. Has anyone ever had an injury similar and if so did it still not look totally "normal" when the split was off? I am hesitant to put my rings on that finger as I do not want to harm it if it is still "healing".

    I do see my dr. for a routine yearly check up in late July /early Aug and he can look at it then but didn't know if it warranted being looked at now. It does not hurt, just feels a bit different than a normal finger , but I think that is due to it being in a splint for so long. The upper knuckle did have a little sore on it due to the splint and it is like a rug burn area now so I know that makes it look more swollen and shiny than it would if that were not there.

    Sorry for the long post. Just wondering what other's experiences have been after finger injuries and taking off the splint after the alotted time.

    Thanks,

    rmc

     
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    Old 06-21-2006, 08:46 AM   #2
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    Re: Finger Fracture--questions

    From your description, it sounds as though you have what is called a bony mallet finger. Your extensor tendon was avulsed from it's insertion, and took a fragment of bone with it. Generally speaking, these injuries should be immobilized for 6 weeks in slight hyperextension, because a degree of extension lag will ultimately follow removal of the splint. Typically, if the finger drops considerably after the splint is removed, another 6 weeks of splinting is indicated.

    Hope this helps-

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    Old 06-21-2006, 12:17 PM   #3
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    Re: Finger Fracture--questions

    Thanks so much!! I did go to the drs and he said pretty much the same thing and will be seeing a hand therapist next week he has suggested along with doing the splint for a certain amount of time during the day.

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    Old 08-10-2007, 08:19 PM   #4
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    Re: Finger Fracture--questions

    Hello,

    Did the additional 6 weeks of splinting help? I have the exact same injury. The tendon pulled a tiny piece of bone from the finger. After 8 weeks of splinting the finger still droops. It is not as bad as it was originally, but it is still not good. It is red from the irritation of the tape and slightly swollen.

    My doctor said it might get a little better on its own and to splint if for a while when it droops a lot and put some ice on it for the swelling. He said it may be as good as it is going to get. That did not make me happy.

    I really dont want to spend 6 more weeks with it in a splint, so I was wondering what did your hand specialist do? I may have to go to one too.

    I was hoping my doctor would surgically repair it, but he does not want to do surgery. He didnt sound real optimistic.

    Thanks for your help.

     
    Old 11-12-2007, 10:59 PM   #5
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    Re: Finger Fracture--questions

    What happens if you do not splint it, I broke mine about 4 weeks ago and have the same symtoms. My finger is bent at th tip and there is a bump. I never splinted it, is that bad, will I need surgery to repair it?

     
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