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Hand Injury - "Boxers Fracture" Recovery tips?

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [BG]' started by Steamtronic, Mar 27, 2020.

  1. HI guys, managed to break my fretting hand - bone, little finger just behind the knuckle. (Was hitching a trailer to my car, pushing the cotter pin into the handle with the heel of my hand, it gave way suddenly and I slammed my fist into the towbar.) According to the Doc its what they call a "Boxers Fracture".

    6 weeks down the track I'm out of the cast and getting back into playing but im having a huge amount of trouble extending my little finger sideways. Its stiff and sore and just doesnt move like it used to. The doctor's saying the amount of movement is what they call "acceptable" and Im asking for "excellent" movement - tbh I just want it back to normal. Naturally Im pretty concerned what this will mean to my playing long term.

    Has anyone else had this kind of injury on their fretting hand? How long did it take to get back up to playing speed? Any permanent hangover? Any recovery tips/exercises?

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  2. devnulljp


    Oct 13, 2009
    BC, Canada
    Admin on the D*A*M Forum
    If you overdo it now, you could line yourself up for problems down the line. Be patient, take it slow.
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  3. I've done it twice. About 25 years apart. The first time , just the one break. The second time was a motorcycle accident that included two hand bones and two fingers. Managed to recover from both. Give it some time , don't push it , and remember that when you do start back up , it WILL be a bit uncomfortable. I was back playing both times in about six weeks. The hand was in the cast for four weeks , so no big deal really. Patience grasshopper.
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  4. fhm555

    fhm555 So FOS my eyes are brown Supporting Member

    Feb 16, 2011
    Yep, what they said. I had the same break on my left middle finger my first year in the service. They put it in a cast and sent me back to work but it was a real PITA to deal with after a couple weeks i soaked cast off and went about my business. It took it a good six weeks~2 months before i got full use of my finger again, but it did come back.
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  5. mikeoso

    mikeoso Acoustic Curmudgeon

    Feb 14, 2014
    eastern Iowa
    P_20200327_190236.jpg I had that injury on my right hand 18 years ago. Got it hitting something I shouldnt have. The little finger still sticks out away from the rest at about a 20 degree tangent. It depends on how the break knits.

    (Yes, my middle finger is also crooked and my knuckles are flattened...I learn very slowly)
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  6. Thanks everyone...guess I just needed a little reassurance. Good to hear it will com back.
  7. Redaxes


    Aug 8, 2015
    Consider hand therapy.
    When I was working, any musician I treated I sent to a hand specialist to try for the best possible outcome.
    Good luck, hope you get your hand working like you want.
  8. Lagado


    Jan 6, 2020
    Extra sleep. That's when you get repaired, everything shuts down and those cells can dedicate their full attention to the job.

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