Hairline fracture pinky finger—cello playing

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said: Dec 1, 2006
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My daughter has a straight hairline fracture in her left pinky (bottom bone). It has been 2 1/2 week and it is healing well. However, I am unsure about when she can resume playing the cello. She wore a plastic splint for the first 2 weeks. Now she has graduated to just a gauze wrapping around the pinky and ring finger. The doctor has told her to bend the her finger forward periodically. She can do this fine. However, we just tried to play the cello and sometimes the pinky hurts, depending on the angle at which she pressed her pinkly finger. Vibrato is also difficult. The doctor gave her permission to try playing, but she is not a musician and doesn’t really know what it takes to play the cello.. Has anyone had experience with phalangeal hairline fractures? Thanks.

said: Dec 3, 2006
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My son had a greenstick fracture in his wrist last year (left hand) and it took him ~4 weeks to get back into playing the cello. He was pretty weak for a couple of months but his teacher was very patient and encouraging.

The pinky is such a tough finger to get strong enough to play the cello when it is healthy so I can imagine that it is really frustrating for her now.

We purchased some hand strenghtening devices for my son. The most effective had the option of isolating the squeezing in one finger if needed. I think they were called “grip master”. Let me know if you are interested and would like me to confirm that name.

said: Dec 3, 2006
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Thanks for sharing your experience and advice. I think we are going to wait another week before trying the cello again. By that time it will be just shy of 4 weeks. I will try to purchase this “grip master” in the mean time…sounds like a good device to have.

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My son had a greenstick fracture in his wrist last year (left hand) and it took him ~4 weeks to get back into playing the cello. He was pretty weak for a couple of months but his teacher was very patient and encouraging.

The pinky is such a tough finger to get strong enough to play the cello when it is healthy so I can imagine that it is really frustrating for her now.

We purchased some hand strenghtening devices for my son. The most effective had the option of isolating the squeezing in one finger if needed. I think they were called “grip master”. Let me know if you are interested and would like me to confirm that name.

said: Dec 3, 2006
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Here is the link for the website…

http://www.gripmaster.net/gripmaster/

We purchased ours at a local sporting goods shop.

It would probably be great for any musician who wants to strengthen their fingers.

Good Luck

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