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Re: Has anyone torn a ligament in their finger
PianogrlNW #2985508 05/29/20 04:24 PM
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Years ago I was prone, on my side, on the couch idling away the minutes remaining before the kickoff of a USA v Mexico televised match. I was messing with some reading, got distracted, and lost sight of the mission.

The instant I realized the danger, I went airborne, clearing the coffee table between the couch and tv, landing in a cat-like pose facing the tv, my focus tightly zeroed in on the “On” button. I have no idea how I managed a four foot flight with a perfect 90 degree rotation and four point landing, all from an on-the-side, semi fetal, slumberish pose. It’s just amazing what the human body can do when the stakes are so high!

The landing, unfortunately, was just short of perfect. Both knees and my left hand did their parts well. But, my right hand had one more task to complete if I was to hear the referee’s whistle. Instead of coming to rest like its colleagues, it had to immediately rebound from its landing spot and thrust forward to push the “On” button.

As it began its arc from the floor to the tv, its tip snagged in the brilliant green shag carpet. There was a loud snap as the tip folded under the rest of the advancing finger, and all my weight fell onto it. It looked quite the mutant!

But, it didn’t hurt nearly as much as missing the kickoff. And, it healed very nicely with the aid of one of those inexpensive finger splints.

So, I say it will heal in a few weeks, and will be as good as new. And, we’ll all be treated to another gem at the next ABF recital!
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Re: Has anyone torn a ligament in their finger
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Funny you should ask.... Last Saturday I was painting the trim and the base of my ladder kicked out. I fell 10 feet to the second story roof, slid off and dropped another 10 feet to the ground. Oddly I was not killed or even crippled (I did go into shock, but fortunately my wife saw the fall and helped me into the house.) But both my arms are torn up and I pulled ligaments in both wrists. My right wrist looks like a balloon and the pincky on my left hand feels like it might be broken. The piano, being my morning meditation for the last 40 years, I'm still sitting at but needless to say it ain't pretty. I can move my fingers but my normal stretch of 11 keys is down to 7. Sure glad that carniege hall recital is years away.....:)

Wow Peyton you are very fortunate that it was not worse. My husband is 71 and is still working full-time as a house painter. That fall would have really done a number on him. Gee maybe you should have hired him. Let's see traveling expenses from Montana to Maine, hotel expenses, restaurant expenses. Gee it shouldn't be tooooo expensive!

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Originally Posted by Peyton
Funny you should ask.... Last Saturday I was painting the trim and the base of my ladder kicked out. I fell 10 feet to the second story roof, slid off and dropped another 10 feet to the ground. Oddly I was not killed or even crippled (I did go into shock, but fortunately my wife saw the fall and helped me into the house.) But both my arms are torn up and I pulled ligaments in both wrists. My right wrist looks like a balloon and the pinky on my left hand feels like it might be broken. The piano, being my morning meditation for the last 40 years, I'm still sitting at but needless to say it ain't pretty. I can move my fingers but my normal stretch of 11 keys is down to 7. Sure glad that carniege hall recital is years away.....:)

Wow Peyton you are very fortunate that it was not worse. My husband is 71 and is still working full-time as a house painter. That fall would have really done a number on him. Gee maybe you should have hired him. Let's see traveling expenses from Montana to Maine, hotel expenses, restaurant expenses. Gee it shouldn't be tooooo expensive!


I'll try to keep my wife from seeing this post. She would love to see me stop and go hire someone. As a painter I'm sure he would appreciate the bone headed move I made. I had a 15 foot ladder standing on a slanted roof and leaning on the sill of the next roof about 7 feet up. I climbed up above the pivot point and.... out goes the base of the ladder. I've painted my houses for years and never feared a fall.... Now I'm 65 and starting to doubt my skills. (And intelligence) smile

pianogrl, maybe we should start an "injured hand recital". smile smile

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Peyton, I’m trying to find interesting music for RH only, but it is not looking very promising. Today I practiced my pieces RH only - this may get old in a couple weeks. As for the ladder, yes, best to hire someone. That’s what I tell my spouse but unfortunately he is stubborn and uses one despite my pleading.



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Oh my, Peyton and PianogrlNW, I feel for both of you! Wishing you both speedy and full recovery.


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And Quodlibet, too, so glad you are healing.


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Re: Has anyone torn a ligament in their finger
PianogrlNW #2986088 05/31/20 09:45 AM
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Peyton, my best wishes to you. A horrible story! Hope you feel better soon!

PianogrlNW, 6 weeks of immobilization is a long time, your finger will probably loose range of motion significantly after that and will require long PT. It might be you shouldn't have clarified that piano is a hobby. wink

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Sorry to hear about your injuries, Peyton and Ellen, ouch! Hope you heal quickly. My daughter fractured her finger in PE several years ago, but after 4 weeks she was fine and was soon playing at her piano recital (she's much better at piano than at sports smile. But she was 12 at the time, so it's different with kids, I'm sure.

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I have a similar injury over 15 years ago, my cousin slammed the door on my hand (I was about 10 years old) and my Right pinky was caught at the hinge. No immobilisation/ physiotherapy or anything was given nor did I visit any doctor. Right pinky does have some difficulty in playing the piano to be honest and looks hyperextended. So, I would definitely adhere to the immobilisation and be vigilant with physiotherapy.

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Update for those who ever experience a hand injury. I went to a hand specialist who made a better splint than the one made at the clinic the day of the injury. It will take 3 months to heal with 9 weeks in the splint and the next 4 weeks gradually weaning off of it. My finger must be kept in splint - if it bends I'm back to Day 1 of the treatment. My hand and fingers are mobile except for the 1 end joint and I am supposed to keep that hand active except for no gripping, lifting or pulling heavy objects.

If I had not seen the hand specialist the outcome would not have been very good.

Good news - my finger should be back to normal and fully functional. I'm learning a couple of pieces for 1 hand, including a Grieg lyric piece and the Scriabin Prelude for Left Hand. Oddly enough, it works to play the piece with my right hand. I just move the piano bench over to the left end of the keyboard.



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I partially tore a ligament in my right thumb right after I was hired for a performance. Just my luck. I completed rehearsals and the performance and then went in for surgery to fix it. It took a long time to heal and a lot of physical therapy. I had a bizarre "playing" splint made that held my thumb clear of the keyboard but stopped it from moving in the way it was not supposed to, but allowed me to play with nine fingers.

I still didn't go back to work (ballet accompaniment) until I could safely play with all ten!

Today (a few years later), the range of motion and dexterity is all back but if you look closely at the joint, it's bigger than the joint on the other hand. You can see a kind of lump. Plus, permanent numbness along the incision line.

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