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Mallet finger.....oh, dear !

Posted by 5stringJim on Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Caught my finger in a heavy door last week. The tip of my left-hand ring finger would not straighten, thought it was broken, but turned out worse. Apparently I snapped the final tendon on that finger, and I need to keep it in an ortheopedic splint for 6 weeks... can't bend it at all, or it will fail to heal. The technical medical term is Mallet Finger.

All my instruments are sitting waiting on me, apart from the Dobro, which I can manage with the aid of a damper across the splint, else it rattles. I've had to cancel festivals and gigs, as it'll be into August before I'm able to play banjo, fiddle, mando or guitar. Just need patience and have to be careful not to bend the joint.



4 comments on “Mallet finger.....oh, dear !”

Texasbanjo Says:
Tuesday, June 16, 2015 @4:57:22 AM

Sorry for your problem. Get well quick. Take care of that finger!

----------------- Says:
Thursday, June 18, 2015 @8:17:20 AM

Too bad Jim. I feel for you. After 40 years as a carpenter, home builder, and remodel contractor, I've had my share of injuries and then some. My worse problems now all involve connective tissues. Tendons and ligaments are super painful and slow to heal. The trick is to stimulate blood flow to the area. Take good care of yourself, and feel good that you have a Dobro to play While you heal. Get well soon!

healingbalm Says:
Tuesday, June 14, 2016 @2:30:10 AM

Jim,
How did your finger heal? I was injured my left hand pinky the same way and was diagnosed with Mallet finger. I'm nervous this thing won't heal right!! hope your turned out ok!
Dan

5stringJim Says:
Tuesday, June 14, 2016 @11:19:16 AM

Hi Dan, healed pretty good. Tendon still a bit tight at times, and the only thing I can't do easily is a full C7 chord at first three frets!
Hope things turn out ok for you, try not to move it for the required period!

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