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Question: Pain in middle finger.musician.

 Mixolydian - Tue Apr 07, 2009 7:25 am

Hello there.

I'm a professional bass player and I've been playing for 15 years.

Five days ago I cracked my left middle finger and it's been hurting me since then.

It's not swollen, and it's not a severe pain, but it doesn't allow me to play my instrument.

I feel more pain when I bend the finger towards the palm of the hand.

I have found the place of the pain and it's on the second phalanges, just in the joint.

I have taken ibuprofen for a couple of days but the pain doesn't go away.

The problem is that now I'm touring and I can't stop playing.

Any help, please?

Thank you very very much.
 Tom Plamondon PA-C - Fri Apr 10, 2009 7:50 pm

User avatar Hello,
If the finger is broken (known only through an x-ray), it should be splinted for 4-6 weeks.
If it is a sprain (no fracture), then support the sore joint with self adherent stretchy bandage (a brand name is Coban) - horse trainers use it to wrap the animals legs.
Also, use ice or moist heat for pain relief (in addition to the NSAIDS).
Take care and let us know how it goes.
 Mixolydian - Sat Apr 11, 2009 10:07 am

Hello, thank you very much for your answer.

I think the finger is not broken, because the pain is not severe and the joint is not swollen.

These days the finger is acting different, sometimes i feel the same pain, and sometimes i don't feel almost anything, it's very weird.

Would you recommend me to stop playing my instrument?

Can it harm it to worse if I keep on playing?

Thanks a lot.
 Tom Plamondon PA-C - Thu Apr 23, 2009 8:57 am

User avatar Hello,
If it seems that playing the bass is aggravating the finger then some rest and rehab would be in order.
Goals for any sore finger are to maintain full range of motion (within painfree limits), control pain and swelling with analgesics, ice, heat, compression; and finally gradual return to normal activity.
Some exercises with putty may be helpful to recondition the hand and finger.
Take care.

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