Fractured metacarpal: minor injury, major inconvenience
Went OTB and punched a rock on the way down at the top portion of a pretty rocky trail (oat hill mine rd., calistoga). Was able to ride the remaining 15min of chunky trail and drive the ~2hrs home with tolerable pain. Wasn't sure if it was dislocation, break, or just me bein a pansy, but the two fingers that hurt were definitely lookin a bit crooked to me. Minor swelling that day but was able to close the two affected fingers almost completely. Next morning range of motion for those fingers was definitely decreased and there was bruising at the knuckles. Went to the doctor and xrays revealed fractures at the tip of my pointer and middle finger metacarpals, little busted off fragments. Got a splint until I get a cast, looks like it could be weeks or months till I'm out of the cast.
Super lame as its my right hand and I'm a righty and need that hand for my school and work requirements. So, other than icing, hand elevation, and aleve for swelling, what else can I do to get back to MTBn ASAP? Anybody else who's experienced similar misfortune, how long til you were out of the cast?
Originally Posted by monkei
Very similar injury December 1, but had surgery and screws to bond the metacarpal. Don't know your age but given that you're younger than me, which is everyone, and they're not opening up your hand, you will heal quickly. The key is patience. Hands are very complicated and the nerves are slower to heal with swelling (edema) present. Once you have clearance to do therapy, you will progress quickly, but in the meantime, follow the doc's recommendations, such as ice, and you'll be ok soon.
BTW, It took me 3 months to get back on the bike for a serious workout, but ymmv.
Broke two metacarpals in my left hand pretty bad, plates and screws resolved them a couple years ago at the age of 50. Worked with a hand specialists for a bit, hand is doing well. 100%, probably not, but well enough I can do anything I want which includes playing guitar.
Yeah, your guys' injuries were far worse than mine.
How long before you were MTB'n again, Carter?
I go in for hard cast install on Fri, and it'll have been two weeks that I've had the two fingers in the soft cast (which is gettin pretty funky by now, haha). I'm hoping I can be out of the hard cast in no more than another 2 weeks, but maybe that's hopin' for too much? Still a bit of pain (nothing bad) when I move the fingers in certain ways inside of the soft cast. It's been a major PITA with work and school with all the CAD I do and impending finals. But worse than that, I'm in serious MTB withdrawal.
FWIW, I didn't have the use of my right hand for months and months and learned to use my left. Start practicing now writing with your left. I now write better with my left than my right, just not as fast. I can mouse equally as well with both hands, I eat with my left...it takes practice but I had to do it.
I now have two mice set up at each of my desktops and alternate right/left naturally.
A blind man searches in a dark room for a black hat that isn't there. Dashiell Hammett
what the quan?!
I feel your pain monkei- did the same thing on my first ride of the summer last year...
Lame broken hand
i was totally pissed off. my summer or riding was wasted to say the least, but hey, I stayed on the trails by taking up trail running. Just keep your mind busy with other activities and recovery will go by much quicker.
Of course, everyone heals differently, you may be back before you know it! It's all about pain tolerance / grip strength.
Best of luck to ya!
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