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We're talking minor injury here--either jammed or bruised or possibly fractured, but my hand is still usable. But I've got two fingers and a thumb that I can't bend completely and if I bump the hand it's painful. It's been more than a month now, and it's beginning to feel like a chronic condition. Anyone with experience in this?
 

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Nerves do eventually come back but can take a long time I guess. I put a pointed air hammer chisel through my thumb maybe a year ago now and it still feels a little weird when I touch the side area by the nail. A buddy told me to keep touching it as that makes it come back quick. I’m not sure if that’s true or not but the thumb pad area where it came out has gotten back to normal much faster which is the area that would see much more contact with stuff so maybe there is something to that.
 

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In comparison, the closest I've had to a hand or finger injury is a shattered dominant wrist (I had a plate and +++ pins ). Recovery ie range of motion took awhile so I do understand why hands and fingers are slow to heal. That being said I am a strong advocate for active recovery. I've also experienced multiple fractures and setbacks and this approach worked wonders

Anecdotally what worked for me through all my injuries is finding activities you can do that don't put stress on your injury while still support healing and recovery. If you can tolerate things like squeezing a sponge, gradually increase the weight to do farmer carries, hand massage etc. All this helps increase the blood flow and circulation and increases your strength and grip gradually

This video looks corny at first but the treatment is effective. 10mins each evening should also help with active recovery

 

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Finger injuries require light exercise because blood flow to the area is so low. You only want as much complete rest as is absolutely necessary, then move onto light stretching and squeezing an exercise ball. If your injury is not at all severe as you said, I would guess 2 weeks of rest is plenty, now you should be moving the joint around!
 

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Tendonitis, bursitis, other issues that may not heal or not heal without an invasive procedure. Tendons and ligaments are either very long to heal, or sometimes do not heal on their own. As said above, lack of bloodflow is an issue, because the muscles that actuate your fingers are pretty much all in your arms.
 

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Almost certainly a ligament-involved injury and will require evaluation by a hand specialist. Don't wait, make the appointment yesterday and follow the guidance to the letter, including physical therapy if recommended! I am in a different career now- partially because I sat on a finger ligament injury for too long and kept pushing it too hard at work.

ETA: The good news is that after three years of struggle- and a job change- I had regained over 90 percent of function and it is pain free but if I had handled it better earlier I could have skipped some of that mess.

Finger injuries require light exercise because blood flow to the area is so low. You only want as much complete rest as is absolutely necessary, then move onto light stretching and squeezing an exercise ball. If your injury is not at all severe as you said, I would guess 2 weeks of rest is plenty, now you should be moving the joint around!
This is way off of the recommendation from my hand specialist, which called for buddy taping for 6 weeks for the ligament to heal plus other specifics. He was a hand surgeon who was able to benefit from direct evaluation of the injury. I'd be real hesitant to diagnose and prescribe a ortho treatment plan for a high-risk injury for someone over the internet, personally.
 
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