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USnavy


Nov 29, 2008, 3:08 AM

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Had a piece of steel go through my finger and 25 days later it still won’t bend. Will it ever work again?
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I had a piece of 7/32" steel rod go 3/4" they way through my pinky finger about 25 days ago. The pain has subsided a lot since the accident and the puncture wound is completely healed (visually). However I still cannot bend the finger over the last digit. I have regained no ability whatsoever since the accident to bend it. If I attempt to bend the finger normally through use of the tendon, the finger hurts mildly and it won’t bend. When I try to bend the digit it only moves about 5% of the range it should cover. If I manually bend it over with my other hand, it does not hurt. When I go climbing the finger hurts from pulling on it but not to an unbearable level. During every day usage the finger does not hurt.
So should I keep waiting for this thing to heal? I kind of feel like its healed long enough to the point where if I was going to regain any functionality from the finger I would have started to see that now. The pain is slowly going away but the functionality is not coming back. I am going to go visit the doc next week and try to get a diagnosis but in the mean time does anyone have any thoughts?
This picture shows the exact angle and position (in red) where the rod entered the finger and the approximate depth of penetration (in blue).



(This post was edited by USnavy on Nov 29, 2008, 3:11 AM)



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