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Old 08-18-2013, 05:52 PM
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Hey lads,

New to this thread and seeking some advice about a hand injury I had acquired about 18 months ago.

Dislocated 3 fingers in a skateboarding accident. Little finger moves with full flexibility, my ring finger and the one in the middle don't have the best flexibility. Obviously this has affected my drumming and makes me mega depressed. Only option to allow full flexibility is to get a couple quite serious operations - something I am not too excited about.

I am wondering if anyone here on this forum has been in a similar position before and if they have any advice to give? Any work arounds until I am ready to have the op and what not?

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P.S, this is in my dominant hand (right hand). I am a right handed player.

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Old 08-18-2013, 06:40 PM
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Oh man that must be hard to cope with.
If you get a set of Mapex Saturns all your problems will disappear.
That's a running joke around here, I couldn't resist, I'm sorry.
I don't think any of us are qualified to offer advise here.
Somehow you must regain flexibility and strength in your fingers.
So some sort of physical therapy I would think is the answer.
But what do I know?

I would leave this to the hand professionals. We're just drummers here.
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Old 08-18-2013, 07:00 PM
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Yeah, it sucks, but that's life eh....

I saw a hand therapist twice a week for 6 months.. I got the most flexibility I can get from therapy. The next step is an operation, which will put me out for another 6 months. I've been scouring the internet for hours trying to find drummers in similar situations and work arounds they may have come up with, may it be thicker sticks or what ever.

Thanks anyway for your input...
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Old 08-18-2013, 07:14 PM
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This seems like more than a dislocation. Have the muscles atrophied? Why do you need surgery for a dislocation?
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Old 08-18-2013, 07:32 PM
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After the dislocation I had them relocated. After the hand therapy I went and saw a plastic surgeon that specialises in hand injuries. He advised that I have two contractures, one in each of my problematic fingers. There's also a load of scar tissue damage. I can't bend my middle finger far down.. To compensate for the injury I'm having to play with much thicker sticks.
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Old 08-18-2013, 07:47 PM
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At 25 you are fairly young as far as recuperation goes. Get the hand surgery and do the rehab and you should be ok. Lots of ligaments and tendons in there to get damaged during a dislocation. Has your skateboard been turned into firewood yet?
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Old 08-19-2013, 10:31 PM
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I'm 47 and been practicing everyday give or take for the past 3 years. 2 years ago I was arrested for some small incident (charges dropped) and in the process of the arrest one of the three cops used both his hands to dislocate the thumb of my left hand (I'm dominant right, so my left is trad grip). I couldn't pickup anything with my left hand for at least a month, maybe two, and when I did eventually put a drumstick in it after two months, it was a little painful.

Surgery is hit or miss. I don't trust doctors so I wouldn't be a good source on whether that's the right choice. Why not give it more time? It took me 6 months at least to get over the pain. I'm now pain free as if it never happened. And that cop dislocated my thumb because I saw him bend it all the way into my palm, as well as hearing the loud pop from that. They know how to get your cooperation (because without the thumb there ain't a whole lot you can do).

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