Overcoming Injury

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [BG]' started by Brian Gordon, Oct 20, 2000.

  1. Hi! I'm looking for advice on overcoming hand injury. Here's my story.

    It's coming up on one year now since the worst thing that ever happened to me. Last November, I stepped out of my house and went to push the storm door closed. I pushed on the nice decorative glass and when the door hit the jam, the glass shattered and I put my hand (the left) right through it. The glass broke into jagged shards and two of them went into my hand. One entered the base of my middle finger and went nearly right through the hand. The other put a deep cut below the ring finger. At the emergency room they just verified that the tendons were not completely severed and sewed me back up and sent me home. Well, all was not well. I had partially severed the tendons for my middle finger and basically could not use my hand at all for at least three months. After a long time of worrying about it I finally was referred to a hand specialist for physical therapy. It had been healing wrong too long and I had to go to therapy for a long time before I could finally move my hand without pain.

    So, now things are steadily but very slowly getting better. I'm playing OK, but it still bothers me. I have excersizes that my physical therapist gave me and putty to squeeze and rubber band gripping devices and all that. But it is still not completely better and I've pretty much given in to the thought that it may never be.

    Have any of you ever had to overcome an injury like this? Can you give me any advice for working on my hand to help get it back in shape? Any advice at all would be appreciated. When this happened I got pretty depressed thinking that 20 years of practice had been nullified by one stupid accident. But I am coming back strong. I could use some words of advice or encouragement from someone who's been in a similar situation.

    Thanks in advance for anything you can offer.
  2. jazzbo


    Aug 25, 2000
    San Francisco, CA
    I've had problems in the past with tendonitis. Actually, I'm wearing a tightly wrapped ace bandage around my wrist as I type this now. It's been acting up a bit lately.

    My girlfriend is an acupuncturist. I can not recommend it highly enough. The last time my wrist acted up, it got so bad that I couldn't put any pressure on it, I literally could not even get into a push-up position. I received two treatments and it was back up to 100%. Of course, my injury is different than yours, but I assure you, acupuncture can work in your case as well. Besides checking the yellow pages for acupuncturists, also check schools for Chinese medicine, if there are any in your areas. Usually, the clinics there are very cheap. It's just one option, but it works wonders for me. And hey, thousands of years of Chinese reseach and experience can't be that wrong!
  3. mikemulcahy


    Jun 13, 2000
    The Abyss
    Acupuncture mayhelp with the pain but will not effect your range of motion or dexterity. Have you explained to the PT or your doctor regarding your playing? THey may be able to help in adjusting your treatment plan. When you say hand specialist, did you actually see an orthopedic surgeon for treatment? If not that is your best bet, also a sports medicine specialist may also be of some help.

    Good luck
  4. Acacia


    Apr 26, 2000
    Austin, TX
    try a chiropractor, it helped me alot with my hand problems.
  5. Dave S...

    Dave S...

    Oct 13, 2000
    Hey Brian,

    Hang in there...

    A year is not all THAT long a time in recovery terms. A year is tough as heck, I know. Time passes quite slowly and in excrutiating detail when you're bass-less sometimes.

    I had Carpal-Tunnel and Tendinitis problems 8 years ago. Had to quit playing for a little over 18 months. Stretching out the atrophied muscles (and strenghening them) was the worst part. Best advice in healing I can give is good diet (less Big Mac's), a good multi-vitamin, and steer away from caffiene and alcohol as much as possible...they dehydrate your body and interfere with joint lubrication. Drink water instead.

    Like the other guys said, keep in touch with your doctor.

    The hardest part of my hand injury was that I couldn't go play golf instead, or work on learning to draw, or whatever else to keep my mind off of not playing the bass. It put me with a lot of time for reflection, and that gets tough sometimes...worth the wait and the effort, though.

    For what it's worth, the 2 years I went without did more for my playing...I really rediscovered the pure joy and gift of music, and people seem to think it shows.

    It does sound pretty corn-ball but then again, most true, good things do.

    God Bless You, and Best Wishes from me and the wife...