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Old 12-10-2007, 08:18 PM   #1
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Default Broken finger.. partial splint or full??

I broke my middle finger on sat.. went to the ER (advice from TriCare help center) they wrapped it, I went to a follow up today at the base clinic..

The dumb *** broad that works the counter put a guard on my entire finger.. It's my first digit, tip, that is broken... I chopped the guard down to cover the first two digits of my finger. WebMD was of little help...

I think it felt better when the entire finger was splinted.. it hurts a little more now.. not bad, but tolerable.. My question is, will this effect the recovery? Should I just splint the entire finger?

I wasn't going to ask the broad that works the counter.. She my be an RN, but I do NOT trust her opinion seeing as she can't even figure out why I was there.. "oh.. It's broken?!?!" .. No dumbass, I'm just getting this for looks!!! I was getting pissed.. anyway...
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Old 12-10-2007, 08:22 PM   #2
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hah... my dad broke his middle finger about 20 years ago ... that same day we drove to his wisconsin house.. he had to drive the entire way with his hand elevated above his heart, arm out the window... with his middle digit sticking up...


no help here, but thought i'd share my story
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Old 12-10-2007, 08:25 PM   #3
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^ yeah... It's always the middle finger!! This is the second time I broke this one! the last time was 7 years ago, it was crushed, middle digit tho.... guess what happened this time!?! I crushed the sumbisch!

I was hammering a fence pole into the ground w/ a piece of concrete and I slipped... ow.... yeah, I cough the cut end of the fence post between my finger and the slab of crete I was using as a caveman hammer! "Regan SMASH!

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Let me just check to see if I have this right..

They gave you one of those splints, which covers the entire finger.. and you cut off part of it because it was only the tip of your finger?

If thats what you did, then that was wrong. Your not supposed to do that. Go to a pharmacy or a store and buy another one and some medical tape, then tape around the outside of it.

I think it could skrew up the healing process if you keep it the way it is. They do that so you cant bend the entire finger. Not just the part that is broken..

But then again, I'm not in the medical field, but I have broke my fingers 3 different times though, never took the splint off, and theyre fine now.

Good luck and I hope you have a speedy recovery
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^ ok.. kewl .. that's what I thought.. one part effects the other and all...

I'll buy a new one in the morning.. THanx do0d!


On the bad side, no riding for a while.. that's my FT brake finger for the quad!
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When you put it on, just make sure its not too tight or too loose. Make sure it fits to your finger though.. Use the same method that the doctor or nurse used when they put it on and you should be all good. As stupid as that lady may have appeared, chances are they did do it correctly.

I'd imagine you'd know how to do it though, since you said you have broken a finger before. If it is bothering you during the day, just call up the doctors office and see if they could give you any tips about putting it on.
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One day while mowing the lawn I stuck my hand into the grass catcher a little too far and the tip of the blade whacked my middle finger for a nice little fracture.

Now the tip of my middle finger is ever so slightly bent to the left.

So now when I have to flip the bird it's a little more gruesome.

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^Yeah, my middle finger has been bent for years now.. 7 Years ago, I crushed it between a lunette and a pintle hitch.

"my middle finger won't go down.. how do I wa......" oh yeah!
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Like others have said keep the whole finger splinted up and wear it as much as you can. Do take a little time to take off the splint and kind of bend it a little just to exercise it. Take a little ibuprofen to reduce the swelling when needed.

I dislocated my pinky over a month ago and it kind of sucks. Still cant make a fist and keep hitting it =/

I havnt had any good experiences with military health care myself. Dislocated pinky and drove myself to the base clinic....IT WAS CLOSED AT 3pm. Spend 30 minutes driving to another military medical hospital and sat in the emergency room for bout 2 hours before someone gave me an ice pack. Sat another hour before they took xrays. Spent ANOTHER hour before they looked at the xrays and snapped it back into place...
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You always support the joint above and below the break, so yes, keep them all wrapped!
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Yes, go for the entire splint! The splint will ensure that you heal properly and enable you to have correct movement of the joints when the splint is removed.
As you're healing, here's a little humor for you...my friend Brad broke his femur (upper leg), and tibia(lower leg). A group of us sat just outside the emergency room as Brad was being treated by the doctor. The doctor asked Brad, "does THIS hurt?", as he moved Brad's leg. Brad screamed, "OF COURSE IT HURTS YOU F_____ ASSH___.....IT'S BROKEN!!!!!!"
A wave of laughter went up and down the hallway. Obviously, at the time, Brad didn't think it was funny, but we laughed about it much later.
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i have broken many fingures and the splints only lasted about half a day before i took them completely off. i hate splints
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THese dumb borads at "MIL Medicine", I was told my a Captain to go there and get the splint, I show up and the two broads that work at the counter (Dumb frickin Korean broads, just them not all Koreans)... , "What u here for? Oh... What u name?" another one: "What u here for? You have appointment? No, no, that family practice.. Go there.. Oh Captain Jack told you come here? You sure?" Gives me splint: "Oh, it's broken?!" No, I'm just wearing this for attention!!! YES YOU DUMBF**K!!


I f**k**g HATE GOING THERE just because I have to deal w/ those dumb broads who can't even take a damn appointment! And there's obviously some communication problems in that section!
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Def go with a full!
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Yeah ive always been told to full splint, and then wrap it a little on the good finger if you get what im saying
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I got the full splint today.. I'll wear it all the time.. I don't really mind it but it feels a lot better then the half splint.. My finger's just bent, so it doesn't line up all the way.
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i have broken many fingures and the splints only lasted about half a day before i took them completely off. i hate splints
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