Broken hand

Elizabeth Jones said: Apr 24, 2006
Elizabeth Jones
Suzuki Association Member
Viola, Violin
Owensboro, KY
21 posts

:( I fell down my basement stairs last month and broke the 5th metacarpal bone in my left hand. I’m in the last of three plaster splints. It’s healing well, and I should be playing again in 2 1/2 weeks.

Anyone here have experience with the recovery and rehab from broken bones?

I have eased back into playing after a nasty bout of tendonitis before. So I know about going slow and paying close attention to technique. Any special physical therapy tricks?

I’m missing Brahms 2nd and the Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto this week. :( But I’ll be playing again by the June wedding rush. :)

said: Jun 24, 2006
 22 posts

Sorry for the late reply, I just wanted to know how things were going, hope all is well! Break a string, and happy playing ;-)

“Practice! Practice until you go crazy….then do it five more times.”

Elizabeth Jones said: Jun 24, 2006
Elizabeth Jones
Suzuki Association Member
Viola, Violin
Owensboro, KY
21 posts

My hand is healing well. I went back last week for my one month follow-up, and my doctor said that there is no visible sign of fracture on the x-ray.

It feels really good to play again. Playing violin in lessons is definitely less of a stress for my fourth finger. When I’m playing viola jobs, that stretch is still painful.

Physical therapy was interesting. They worked mainly on overall hand and wrist strength. I had to ask for more specific finger exercises, and come up with my own as well.

Playdo is my constant companion, and I travel with my theraband. Whenever I drive with the cruise on, I have one or the other out.

said: Jun 24, 2006
 22 posts

Glad to hear you are feeling better :D Have a great day!

“Practice! Practice until you go crazy….then do it five more times.”

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