Injured Middle Finger.

July 22, 2005 at 01:18 AM · Hey...this is going to sound really stupid, but here goes. About 10 years ago I got a finger injury from gymnastics. I didn't go to the hospital because I was very young and scared because right before that workout my coach said "Make sure you don't get hurt today" because I was working out with a group I shouldn't have been working out with. It hurt a lot for about 2 days or so, and I couldn't play violin or do gymnastics for about 2 weeks. My middle finger on my left hand healed on its own but there is a small bump of bone on the right side (next to my index finger.) I am guessing it needs to be realigned.

I was never really concerned about it until recently when I noticed how it was affecting my violin playing especially in Unaccompanied Bach. The bump, which is very tiny, affects me such that I have to manuver a little to use weird fingering for chords (in unaccompanied Bach) or very tight double stops between 1 and 2.

So my question is, has anyone ever had anything like this? And if so what happened? And most importantly, what is the recovery time after surgery? I will have auditions for Grad School in Feb/March 2006. Of course I will have my orthopedic surgeon check it out but I'd like to get an idea about this before I go into his office. I do have free range in motion in that finger, but there is just a bump on the right side that sometimes makes playing a little difficult.

Thanks guys;-)

Replies (8)

July 22, 2005 at 01:13 PM · Yeah sounds like you could be right Brian. Yikes I hate doctors and I hate having surgery even more!

July 22, 2005 at 01:41 PM · I would see the doctor but if he recommends surgery, not schedule it until after your auditions. In the meantime, if you are able to adapt ways around it in your playing and surgery isn't recommended, then you haven't lost any ground.

But I understand your fears....I have been lifting weights in the gym for like 10 years now and recently when I use free weights on my left arm, my shoulder clicks at the socket and I cannot lift it as high as the other one and it has me quite concerned...

July 22, 2005 at 02:01 PM · Thanks Sarah, that actually seems like a good idea. You know, I used to lift a lot of weights too. Now I find that my left shoulder cracks really loudly and a lot (probably not what you were referring to though) but kind of similiar. And when I used to lift heavy weights, I found I couldn't lift my left arm as high as my right. May have been because my left arm isn't as strong as my right and maybe I was straining a little.

July 22, 2005 at 02:22 PM · I recommend that you track down a hand clinic that sees professional musicians. There is one in Baltimore, for example.

July 22, 2005 at 02:24 PM · The first step would be to ask your primary doctor for an x-ray. You'd know for certain if you had a small bone chip which may require surgery. If it's affecting your playing (even mentally) do it now.

August 17, 2005 at 06:46 PM · Nearly ten years ago I dislocated my left index finger (of course, it was because I was being stupid). I dutifully went to the hospital instead of trying to reset it myself, and happened to get a doctor that screwed it up as much as fixing it. I've never had the same range of motion since (I don't think he put it back quite right, but since he swelled the finger up so badly with anesthetic, I couldn't tell until it was already quite set). It took a full year before I could play again (I couldn't bend enough to get an f-natural on the e-string). I ended up playing the clarinet in a local concert band as therapy, which helped greatly with both speed and range of motion.

I still cock my hand in odd ways to reach some things, but for the most part I don't notice while playing anymore.

August 17, 2005 at 10:14 PM · Achk! You all are scaring us "healthy" ones...


(it's a joke)

August 18, 2005 at 08:33 AM · While we're on the topic, I have just joined my school netball team for a bit of fun, but my mum says I should give it up incase I break a finger. My friends said their broken fingers healed fine, but I'm still a bit worried about never being able to play violin properly ever again if I do happen to break something. Has anyone broken a finger and can still play violin? Any advice would be greatly appreciated:)Note: I am willing to give netball up, so please tell me if you think it's a bad idea to keep playing netball

Sorry..I didnt answer your question

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