Damage to the extensor tendon, with or without bone fracture. You can get very clear and complete explanations, with pictures and everything, by Googling for "mallet finger".Johannes Lindstad wrote:What excatly happens to the bones inside the finger when you get a mallet finger? Can someone please explain?
Bertran, many years ago I broke the radius of my left arm at the wrist. My age was 42. I had a cast on for 8 weeks (not unusual for a woman of my age because bone deposition is slower). When they took the cast off, I could not move my wrist. The doctor left the room to attend to an emergency and returned after five minutes. During the time he was gone, I carefully massaged my wrist then started to bend it slowly. When he saw that I could move it a few degrees, he said, "You'll be fine...you can do your own physical therapy." In my case, he was right. He gave me the exercises to do and like you, I did them religiously. I had a piece of graph paper and measured the progress every day. The doctor told me that I would probably get only 80% of the previous joint mobility, but he was wrong. I was motivated to bend my wrist because I practiced a Japanese martial art of sword drawing (Iaido) and I need to bend my wrist more to use proper technique. Over a period of 6 years, I not only regained all my former range but I increased it. If you keep at it and ask your body to respond, you may be surprised at the recuperative powers of the body. You have the ability to do it, I think, because you were able to move beyond the initial pain and discomfort and you have showed patience and not reinjured yourself. Sometimes, recovery is limited by what people expect. When I broke my back at T6, I was put back together surgically with hardware. After I was let out of my brace, I again fought my way back to a full recovery and can do everything that I could do before, and since I was very flexible, I worked hard to regain that. It took many months of careful but dedicated exercise to strengthen muscles that had atrophied while immobilized for 7 months and stretch tendons.Bertran wrote:jwp,
Yep, when injury happen I was very sad and know that I must be very patient and devoted. Even now I don't know how much I can bring back.
But, at the same time I want to know as much I can but there are no enough mallet finger story at Internet, specially not from classical guitarist. This is my ''pilgrimage'' and I want to share it with others. I am sure that it will be very interesting to read this topic to everyone that had bad luck like me.
And hope that my posts will encourage them and find it useful.
Thank you for a best wishes, good luck to you!
- It is very useful if you can find a hand specialist who can see and treat a hundred of injury like this. Sorry to all doctors - I don't want to be a clever than they are - but I hear that even orthopeadist, physiatrist, general surgery doctors know a lot,... but they can not treat you with all of the care like hand specialist will.
- To prove previous statement there is one good new advice. Finger must be stabilize in straight or even extra-extended position (tendon injury only). My new doctor say if I can find stax splint that I can replace his improvised splint on my own. But at the very beginning it is very important that you don't let phalange to fall down, not even for a one second of time! This is because a new fibers of tendon is at the phase of creation and they are try to catch the bone. If you allow your phalange to drop down you can destroy a new fibers and you are going back to the beginning of the recovery process. My doctor don't tell me that, just to change a splint. But I am sure that hand specialist will not forget to give me a warning like this.
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