Ever broken your finger tip?

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  1. OldPup

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    I think I broke my ring finger tip on my fretting hand. It's bruised from the center of the finger pad over to the edge of the cuticle, swollen, hurts, etc. I can't play, for now anyway. Anyone ever been through this? If so, can you tell me about how the healing went, if you lost any dexterity afterward, etc. I might go to the doctor tomorrow.
     
  2. Coop47

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    I've done something like that - a very bad bruise with a pretty sharp pain. I could play within a few days. You can move it, right?
     
  3. Theorage

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    Sorry about the bad fortune -- hope it heals well. Make sure your doc is competent to deal with what you want to use your hand for!

    I broke my ring fretting finger, jammed with a basketball as a teen. Doctor just splinted, taped it to my other finger (just like a sports trainer would do!), called it "good". While its mostly okay years later and I can play, it still hurts under some conditions/pressures. A osteo-bump now resides on top of the end bone segment.

    Result: I have don't have mobility to do a three-string barre like the A-shape using the single ring finger, as it's bent from being straight, and the barre wants to kink in the opposite direction. With Django Reinhardt in mind, I don't complain!
     
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    Please see a doctor tomorrow! You'll probably be ok in a 4-6 week period so just play slide. I broke the tip of my middle finger last October repairing a stone wall. Make sure they do a x-ray!
     
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  5. RottenTheCat

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    Yes. Very painful. Also had a partial tip reattachment, not as painful. And splinter that went in at first joint on the pad side and exited out the front under end of finger nail. That hurt later like a mother !
     
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    Btw... Tips almost always heal well, perfectly in fact, if joint isnt messed up. Treatment is a splint.

    First joint - to wrist is called no-man's land by med folks....
     
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    Tell the doc you are a player and getting the finger set is crucial, otherwise they rarely set fingers. I had a broken pinky, told the doc I was a professional musician and he set it the re x-rayed to make sure it was right.
     
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  8. 1293

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    Luckily, I've only ever broken my right index finger (a couple times). Vollyball in highscool and then tickling my wife's feet.
     
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    I think I have a few times, I don't go to the doctor for fingers or toes unless the bone is exposed. I'm sure ive broken toes a bunch of times but they heal quickly with no treatment other than rubbing them and cursing at them the moment of impact.
    The nail goes black and eventually falls off. When it doesn't hurt anymore it's fixed.
     
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    I think I've broken. sprained, strained, bruised, or crushed just about every finger on both hands. As long as the bones or joints are not displaced, about the only think you can do is ice them and immobilize them until the swelling subsides. Did this fracture recently. It took about a week to be able to play again, gently!

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    Story time from Grandpa.

    When I worked as a Corrections Officer at the State Pen., I ended up with the first joint of my index finger in the hinged side of a security door. That door seperated the free side from the visiiting room and was electric powered by an outside control center. The problem was that this was an old prison and there was no safety stop to that door, meaning it will keep going until closed before you can open it again. It was also a VERY slow closing door so all I could do was stand there and wait for it to be over. People were freaking out around me, but there was nothing I could do except ask for some paper towels. There was a lot of pressure and then a loud crack....blood squirted out like a smashed ketchup packet.

    When the door was opened again, I didn't even want to look for fear of shock so I just wrapped it up in a paper towel and taped it closed. Finished the last hour of my shift and then went to the ER. I got very lucky. The bone didn't get crushed, the edge of the door provided a clean break right above the joint. It looked like an orange in a nylon swinging since it was just soft tissue holding it on. It really sucked trying to run with it (a bit painful) for about a month.

    The good news was that it fully healed minus some minor nerve damage. It was my fretting hand so that could have been disaster. That was a complete break yet it healed up in about a month....had use of it again in about 3 weeks though.

    So, to the OP, don't worry too much about it. Sounds like you might have a fracture, but it will heal up fine, you will not lose anything except maybe a couple of weeks away from playing.
     
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  12. StrangerNY

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    I had finished up a gig p in Rhode Island one night, and I was walking around thanking the crew and got to the truck that was hauling the gear, a bigass pickup with a trailer. I put my left hand on the back of the truck to lean over and shake the sound man's hand, and it was at that moment that his partner slammed the tailgate shut.

    On my index finger.

    I was afraid to even look. I thought the tailgate took my finger off. But after a trip to the hospital and examination and x-rays, it turned out that the gate just caught the very tip of my finger, breaking the very tip of the bone. The doctor told me that if my hand had been a half inch lower on the truck it would have severed the finger at the first joint.

    It took me 6-8 weeks before I was able to play again, the worst 6 weeks of my life. Even now my finger feels thicker at the tip because the break was so close to the tip of the bone there was no way for them to set it. No loss of dexterity, but I can definitely feel the difference between my index and other fingers.

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  13. OldPup

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    That sounds pretty much like what I did. The fingertip is bruised more or less all the way around now. But I can move it and I'm typing with it now. Maybe it won't be too bad.
     
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    Thanks to everyone for the replies. Sounds like I have little to be really concerned about and it definitely could have been much worse. I'll go see the doctor today. I hope they do more than refer me to a specialist.
     
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    Not broken but fully dislocated my left hand middle finger in a softball father son game. Popped to a right angle. I immediately grabbed it and popped it back. Got a cup full of ice and iced the rest of the day..... Had a gig to play that night. That was a tough gig but the show must go on.
     
  16. Coop47

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    Good to hear. Yeah, it definitely could be worse. I tore a tendon right off my left pinkie ("mallet finger") while playing one night and was in a split for a few months. I took me a little while to get playing again, but eventually I was back to my previous level of mediocrity. Get it checked out, but I doubt there's any reason for concern.
     
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