Painkillers out of the question - he is on suboxone - do we tape it to the next finger? He's 25 so he doesn't want to go to the hospital as he isn't 'real' sure it's absolutely broken. Thank you.
Hi htwooh. I know this is going to sound a little on the primitive side of things, but if You happen to have a couple of popsycle sticks, or something like that, to hold the finger in a straight position, that might work. It would save You from going to the drug store to get one of those metal things that they use to treat broken fingers. I don't know. It's probably a dumb idea, but it's all I could come up with. I was thinking, that if You did tape it to his next finger, he still might be inclined to bend it at times, which wouldn't be good. But if that's all You've got, well then, that's what I would do. But I would really try and come up with a way to keep him from bending it at all, if that's at all possible. I do hope this was of some help. Good luck with it and the painkillers.
First make sure that he CAN bend it. And yes, tape it to the finger next to it. The popsicle stick idea is a good one. Just make sure it isn't changing color (other than normal bruising) which can indicate loss of blood flow. Check the tips of the finger frequently. If they feel cold to the touch, it may be taped too tightly. Ice and elevation. If the finger itself looks deformed, go to the hospital asap.
I have a broken pinky finger too. First, no matter his age, GET AN X-RAY! I wasn't going to, but did. Only to find out it was a vertical break up the first bone and I need surgery for a pin. If he needs surgery, it means it can't be set and will not heal properly. Ask him one question. Ask if he's willing to be permanently deformed and have permanent nerve damage for the rest of his life. (I know this because that is my prognosis... I have no insurance or assistance so nobody will actually do the surgery). Without an x-ray he may not find out until it's to late. At 25, the rest of his life deformed and in pain would most likely be a very long time indeed.
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