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Volar Plate Tear
Monkeymorgan posted:
Back in October 2009 I wrecked my bike while ramping. My PIP joint was VERY sore. In January 2010 I went to the doctor and got X-rayed. He thought I had just sprained it and told me to squeeze a tennis ball. In April I talked to the athletic trainer at school. He thought I had broken it and needed to break up the scar tissue that was causing the pain and preventing it from straightening out. So I soaked it in hot water and stretched it. After a few weeks of that my pinky was straighter, but the pain was still bad. He told me to splint it for 3 weeks. I did that and continued stretching it twice a day. In September I went to see an orthopedic surgeon. After an MRI diagnosing the torn volar plate he was confused because it should have healed itself in 4 months. He gave me a steroid shot in the joint, which didn't help at all while he got opinions from the orthos that wrote his text books. So after conferring with the other orthos he sent me to physical therapy. In December, after 3 months of pt, I had more pain, my pinky had curved over again and the swelling had increased. I was sent to a rhuematologist with no results. It has now been almost 3 years and I still have pain and swelling. I would love any ideas on why I'm not healing or what I can do to help healing. Thanks for anything you can offer.
the_rocket responded:
a lot of the healing takes place in the first few weeks after the finger injury. depending on the type and severity of the finger injury, if you don't allow it to heal properly right off the bat (splinting, reduction, buddy taping, etc...), the outcome may be less than desirable.

your best bet would be to see an ortho who is a hand specialist. he/she can give you the latest up to date information on what treatments are available to help your finger regain mobility.

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