broken hand recovery

United States
January 12, 2007 4:39am CST
i broke my hand in an accident about a month ago. it's a simple, nondisplaced fracture of my 2nd metacarpal (a little crack in the forefinger bone where it meets my wrist). it's in a thermaplastic cast that's velcroed on (so i can remove it to clean it occasionally, though i'm discouraged from doing it more than once or twice a week). today i took it off for a little while and actually tried to move my hand a bit, since i'm only a week from cast removal. it's SO STIFF!!! i cant believe how much atrophy has set in... i can barely bend my fingers. i was going to skip the return visit to my doc (new year = new insurance deductible) but i'm wondering if it would be worth it to go back and have them do a little therapy with me. anyone know how quickly i can expect to get my mobility back if i dont do the physical therapy?
3 responses
• Philippines
5 May 07
a broken hand?? its nothing compared to what i have experienced. I broke my left wrist when i was 7 or 8 years old. And its sucks walking around with a cast. Im always at the center of attention, im always bullied that time.Five years later, i met an an accident, a motorcycle accindent, a dislocated right knee is what i get in return. i wasnt able to walk for a month and the rehabilitation is so boring. two years later i met another accident, and it cost me a broken left clavivle and a borken rib. and fromm your accident/injury it would only take you a month or two and after that your back to your normal way of life
• Norway
13 May 07
your one unlucky guy!
@Trace86 (5043)
• United States
1 May 07
I am sorry it took so long for me to respond to your question. I hope you are feeling alot better and have regained mobility in your poor little hand. Did you do the therapy? Therapy is just the safest way to regain the mobility without re-injuring yourself. They know how far to push you to give you benefit, but not too far as to cause damage. How about an update?
@Randallm (22)
• Afghanistan
2 Apr 07
it sucks breaken any bone and sprain i landed on my ankle wrong and could not walk on it for a week