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Thread #70159   Message #1195709
Posted By: mooman
28-May-04 - 04:54 AM
Thread Name: Guitarist with buggered finger
Subject: RE: Guitarist with buggered finger
Dear Alan,

I did more or less exactly the same some years ago. I was on a field trip dozens of miles from any doctor or hospital and fell on slippery rocks dislocating my second finger, right hand at approximately 90 degrees.

Needs must given the isolation, and despite the pain, I reset it myself.

Mine swelled to an enormous size too and was extremely painful, but no fractures.

Immobilization for several days is usually necessary but your injury was some weeks ago. The fact you have some movement is a good sign. I believe some gentle exercise with it will be beneficial. An anti-inflammatory such as Fastun may help a lot applied several times a day. If ligaments have been damaged, recovery will take longer than a fracture but gradual rehabilitation will still help.

In my case full mobility took several months and the finger is still not 100% straight but I can play my instruments as badly as ever!

Hope this is of some help/reassurance but I would still seek an expert medical opinion if you can find one.

Peace

moo (Richard)
(not a doctor but a medical scientist)