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Old 01-03-2012, 10:36 AM   #1
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Default Dislocated Finger...how long to heal?

So I took my kids ice skating yesterday, and in the middle of my triple axle I fell.

As I was lying on the ice, I was thinking "hmm...how badly did you just screw up your knee?"

I got up, and the knee seemed to be stable. Then I happened to glance at my hand. This pic isn't me, but this is *exactly* what my right hand looked like.




Much to my surprise, there was no pain whatsoever. I quickly collected my kids and went to find my wife to let her know I was going to need a trip to the ER. At this point I didn't know if it was broken or what. I got an ice pack on it immediately and I expected it to start hurting any minute.

We piled in the car and were on our way to the ER. About 20 minutes later I went to shift the ice pack and noticed that my finger had more or less straightened itself back out. Still no pain, and I could bend it and straighten it. I could push all around the joint and nothing hurt.

So rather than the $250 ER visit I elected to stop at the $15 co-pay Urgent Care place. The quack doc I saw agreed no break. He taped it up and told me to keep it taped for a couple of days and not lift anything heavy for 1 week.

That seemed a rather short recovery time to me. I went home and splinted it up better with some wrap and buddy taped it to my ring finger. It's swollen a bit this morning and obviously a bit sore. But nothing alarming.

For those of you who have had similar injuries, what is a more realistic recovery time? I was planning on keeping it splinted up and immobilized through this week, and then go to just a buddy tape to the adjacent finger next week to give it a little more mobility.

I'm really expecting more like a month before I should be using it "normally".

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Old 01-03-2012, 10:37 AM   #2
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That's ****ing disgusting.

Cuddles don't do broken bones or dislocated things.
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Old 01-03-2012, 10:39 AM   #3
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Old 01-03-2012, 10:41 AM   #4
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rub some dirt on it
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Old 01-03-2012, 10:47 AM   #5
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I had both forearm bones crushed which were fixed with 2 plates and 15 screws. Support and stiches were on for only 2 weeks.
Keep it on untill its all better. Id say up to a month or so if needed
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Old 01-03-2012, 10:48 AM   #6
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Had my little finger dislocated while rough housing with the kids, it bent backwards at the middle joint not sideways. It's been three months and is still swollen at joint and a little crooked. Not nearly as painfull as the first few weeks. Figured after swelling goes away it should straighten out. Online I've seen 9-12 months possible.
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Old 01-03-2012, 10:48 AM   #7
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Well I didn't read the OP or anything because who has the time but my advice is to first locate the dislocated finger. Once you located it again then it's not dislocated and you're all good.
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Old 01-03-2012, 10:48 AM   #8
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Tussin' is the correct answer. Also, that picture is nasty.

For fingers, they really can't do much anyway. Tape it up, ice it as often as you can stand, and take it easy with that hand for a while. You'll be fine.
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Old 01-03-2012, 10:59 AM   #9
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Bam, dogleg finger in the *****.
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Old 01-03-2012, 11:43 AM   #10
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That's about what I did...

One time had a shot-put dropped on my hand and it basically popped the top of my right ring finger off and to the side (like that pinky above, but just the top knuckle)... Popped back in and the only way to tell is that it's slightly crooked. It works fine and everything!

It was a pretty badass thing for a seven year old to show off at school.
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Old 01-03-2012, 11:59 AM   #11
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This last May I was playing football and did the same thing. Jumped up for a high lob and positioned my hand badly with the pinky facing the ball directly. Dropped the ball and came down and knew immediately I did some damage. Took a quick look at my pinky and knew it was bad.

With a dense sounding crack I pulled sideways and up on my pinky and straightened it. The straightening part surprisingly did not hurt as my pinky was already in pain. It swelled up like a balloon and like a true man, I taped my pinky to my ring finger and played the rest of the game.

It is now January 3rd and while I have 95% of my pinky's range of motion back, I have continuous joint pain and random swelling, I did see a hand specialist and had X-rays done and he recommended against surgery as it would not benefit me much. I'm thinking I permanently damaged the top tendons coming across the knuckle, the ones that pull the finer up since the most pain is if something resists my pinky when flexing it up/straightening it out.

It sucks alot and it's made my pinky useless for everything but grabbing an item. It feels stable/painless when clenching down.

In conclusion. Do everything the doc says. If it isn't better in a week or two, go see another doctor/specialist and have them look at it. I'd rather have broken my pinky and had it heal up then deal with this constant lingering pain
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Old 01-03-2012, 12:22 PM   #12
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I had a pinky injury in early 2011 and I didn't go to the doctor. It was crooked, bruised and swollen for a couple weeks, then the bruising went away. To this day, it's still crooked and the finger itself is thicker (swollen?) than the other pinky.
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Old 01-03-2012, 02:07 PM   #13
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I jammed my right thumb into a part in a metal lathe at work back in April and ruptured the extensor tendon in the last knuckle. Recovery was right at 3 months, with a special splint from the hand specialist that held the joint further extended than the crappy aluminum ones the urgent care gives you.

It mostly works the way it's supposed to now. Still not quite to full mobility, and I never will be able to straighten it as much as I could before.

I'd see a hand guy if I were you.
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Old 01-03-2012, 02:20 PM   #14
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I had a pinky injury in early 2011 and I didn't go to the doctor. It was crooked, bruised and swollen for a couple weeks, then the bruising went away. To this day, it's still crooked and the finger itself is thicker (swollen?) than the other pinky.
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***Note the awesome swelling/lump on the inside of my pinky. The very front tip of my pinky is how thin it used to be. Not much has changed from this picture in the 7+ months or so, slighly less swelling and pain.
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To this day, it's still crooked and the finger itself is thicker (swollen?) than the other pinky.
From my research online, that outcome is typical, if not characteristic. Apparently that outcome is under-emphasized to patients and doctors don't mention it.

If you were and hand model or something, seems like you might want to seek specialized treatment, otherwise just splint it up and take it easy.

My knuckles are fairly large already....it may not be noticeable.
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Old 01-03-2012, 03:14 PM   #16
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Can't you just relocate it?
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Old 01-03-2012, 06:14 PM   #17
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I had the same pinky injury when I thought trying to catch a piece of firewood that was rolling off a 10 foot pile was a good idea. Anyhow, do what the doctor says. Probably ice and splint it. Mine was 90% a week later and fine the week after that.
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Old 01-03-2012, 06:29 PM   #18
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***Note the awesome swelling/lump on the inside of my pinky. The very front tip of my pinky is how thin it used to be. Not much has changed from this picture in the 7+ months or so, slighly less swelling and pain.
Eggzachary like that! Mine's been like that for about a year

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From my research online, that outcome is typical, if not characteristic. Apparently that outcome is under-emphasized to patients and doctors don't mention it.

If you were and hand model or something, seems like you might want to seek specialized treatment, otherwise just splint it up and take it easy.

My knuckles are fairly large already....it may not be noticeable.
I don't even notice it anymore unless I'm looking at it; I have full use of my pinky so the look of it doesn't bother me. I would have thought the swelling would go away altogether, but it's definitely still thicker than the normal pinky. Oh well.
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Did this while playing basketball. The thumb bent all the way back and I popped it back and
Kept on playing......needless to say it took 9 months for it to get back to normal.
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Jesus christ, that's ****ing disgusting. (not quoting pic)

EDIT: I came in here intending to post "Post pics or it didn't happen."

I regret clicking this thread.
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Old 01-03-2012, 07:08 PM   #21
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You were doing a triple axle? Are you a chick?
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Cut it off. It will never heal.
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The worst case scenario is that you have some sort of missed fracture - avulsion, Jersey finger, etc. You'll notice that something is wrong when you try to start bending that finger/gripping with that hand again. Other (more rare) things include damage to the vincula or the collateral ligaments but are certainly possible. Recommended course of action? Make an outpatient appointment to see a hand surgeon, explain what happened. They will probably repeat films and see if there is anything that was missed. If something goes wrong, you will have established care with the person that will treat you.

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The worst case scenario is that you have some sort of missed fracture - avulsion, Jersey finger, etc. You'll notice that something is wrong when you try to start bending that finger/gripping with that hand again. Other (more rare) things include damage to the vincula or the collateral ligaments but are certainly possible. Recommended course of action? Make an outpatient appointment to see a hand surgeon, explain what happened. They will probably repeat films and see if there is anything that was missed. If something goes wrong, you will have established care with the person that will treat you.

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