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23 April 2010 @ 10:24 am
yup, that's a sprained finger alright!  
I managed to sprain my left index finger last night while playing australian rules football. I forgot that you actually have to use your hands to catch a footy, and that they don't just automatically adhere to your fingertips. So my left index finger got bent back, and is swollen today.

Left Finger: Right Finger:

It doesn't show up as well in the pictures as it does in the real-life side-by-side comparison, but there's no way to take a picture when both your hands are on the desk.

I'll just keep icing it today (along with my sore patellar tendons), wrap it up for Saturday's game, and it will be fine.

And for anyone who actually stuck around this long, here's a bonus picture from Australia: a kangaroo and her joey, at the nature park (click on it for the bigger version).

Isn't that just sooooo cute?
Deborah Layne: NurseJoydeborahlive on April 23rd, 2010 06:20 pm (UTC)
About two months ago I caught a basketball square on the tip of my left pinkie -- typical kind of finger jam that happens all the time. The next day it was swollen, painful and wouldn't bend. I went to the Immediate Care and they took an x-ray and found nothing broken, but definite tendon damage. Sent me to a hand specialist.

He put it in a little plastic cast for two weeks. He told me that with these kind of injuries, there isn't much you can do to make it better, but there's a whole lot you can do to make it worse.

You should probably get it looked at.

If you don't want to bother with that, at least put a splint on to keep the tendon in place while it heals. Also, you can "buddy wrap" it to the finger next to it to give it extra stability/support.

Mine is still not back to normal. The doc says three months is a fast heal for this and six is not uncommon.

FYI. :)
jeffsoesbe: spider jerusalem action figurejeffsoesbe on April 23rd, 2010 10:00 pm (UTC)
I remember your post about the hoops injury. I'm probably in the same boat of "no break, but some damage". And these things take *forever* to heal, especially for those of us who are older (I'm 44).

My wife did an "evulsion" (tendon pulls piece of bone off rest of bone - ouch) on two fingers on her left hand last October at the US Footy Nationals and she still hasn't completely healed. This getting older stuff stinks!

My wife is also a doctor, so I'll have her look at it tonight. I might end up going the route of a splint or something while it heals. Which would be tough, as my job consists of sitting and typing all day.

now it's back to the ice and advil.

Thanks for the info!
Deborah Layne: NurseJoydeborahlive on April 23rd, 2010 11:25 pm (UTC)
Good to have a doc in the house! And good luck with the finger!