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Mallet finger (broken bone)

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Mallet finger (broken bone)

Post by CDL2042 on Mon Dec 30, 2013 5:19 pm

Long story short. My son broke a small piece of his left ring finger (last digit) that connects to the tendon on the top of his finger, it's called mallet finger and in this case it involves the bone and not a tendon tear.

Didn't find out it was broken right away, and now the doctor says surgery is a 50/50 chance of success and recovery is 2-3 months. Problem is it is wrestling season and my son is not going to miss the whole season on a gamble that surgury might work.

We are hoping the pain gets better. Right now he splints it straight when not wrestling and tapes it to wrestle but has limited grip because of the pain.

Does anyone have any suggestions for pain relief, taping or bracing, and healing. Basically he is going to live with the bone chip for now.
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Post by Dave on Mon Dec 30, 2013 10:39 pm

My two cents, and I'm no expert, let it heal properly, whatever that entails, and avoid wrestling for a season, rather than have to suffer a possible impairment down the road. Look for input also from Itlives, Cheesedog and others.
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Post by CDL2042 on Tue Dec 31, 2013 11:26 am

Because it has been broken for 2 months already, the doctor says it doesn't matter if we do surgery now or after the season. Same chance of success. As far as impairment, we all have some. I have a fractured vertabrae and repaired rotator cuff from football, but I would do it again. Like Mat Hoffman says it would be a waste to die with a perfectly healthy body.

I was just wondering if anyone had any advice for pain relief/swelling/improvement of circulation. He can tell that that finger gets cold faster than the others when he is outside.
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