i forgot to ask, most importantly, would splinting it in a straightened out angle to oppose the lateral bend help?? or should i just concentrate on trying to get full flexure back...
I currently have a similar fracture, only it is at the fingertip. It can extend straight and I can make a loose fist, but I have a rotational deformity according to the doctors. The doctor gave me the option of letting it heal on its own crooked or surgery to set it straight with pins. How did your finger heal? Did it straighten at all?
no, it did not staighten now, i have function, but its quite obvious that its crooked due to the rotational deformity when i flex the fingers, its called scissoring.
i also spoke to a hand surgeon and he said they would have to perform an osteostomy - basically, cut the bone in half, rotate it into position, and, because its so near my joint (the knuckle joint), they would have to put pins horizontally through the two pieces of bone, AND into the knuckle joint, to immobilize it completely for a month before they take the pins out again. He said, if i can use the finger, then not to bother, because theres a chance that i may lose function of the joint
with you, i woudlnt bother, you're lucky its only your finger tip.. i presume they would also have to put pins through your finger tip joint to set it as well but i dont know what ur doctor said. the easiest case is if the spiral fracture was right in the middle of a longer section of finger, that way they can break it open and re-align the two pieces and put pins just to connect the two pieces and not have to put the pins all the way into the next joint
hope that helps and good luck
I had a complete break in the middle bone, diagonally across the entire bone. And mine is a little crooked, and I cant straighten it all the way. But if you can use it, then I wouldn't go through surgery. Waste of money and painful. But if you're having difficulty with motion, physical therapy is always an option