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Playing hockey this afternoon, a stick wielding maniac managed to crack me the fith finger of the right hand (pinky).

An Internet diagnosis points to a broken finger:

Bone sticking out (not broken skin)
SEVERE bruising
Numbness and throbbing

I can't be bothered with sitting around in The Royal Free all night, so my dads taking me to a private hospital tomorrow morning.

I thought that I would turn to some faceless people on the Internet for advice; can I ride my bike with it?

Has anyone had any past experience with this kind of thing?

I broke my wrist in April last year, and the thought of opening another season on the turbo is giving me nightmares before bedtime.

The main thing Im worried about is the resonance from the road buzz affectig my healing, is this a rational fear?

Thanks internet!

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timlennon [210 posts] 4 years ago
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Hahah. You needed the internet to suggest that, with bone sticking out of your finger, it might be broken?

Although I'm more entertained by your approach to getting it fixed: you think you won't be waiting at a private hospital? Really? Still, a fool and his money ... Me, I'd prefer to be dealt with by someone who deals with such traumas on a daily basis, and has an entire hospital of staff and resources to call on if something goes awry.

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Raleigh [1665 posts] 4 years ago
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Yeah, but I'm an elitist so and so.

And my finger hurts.

Wellington hospital, St. Johns Wood is an international destination for people with hurty limbs and bodyparts, Ill have you know.

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Tony Farrelly [2868 posts] 4 years ago
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Anyway, back to the medical advice… 'can I ride with this injury?' Well, I'd advise against your dad taking you to the emergency hurty limbs dept on the family tandem.

Things start looking up after that though. According to Dr Google low magnitude vibration, possibly like the resonance from the road buzz might actually promote healing - it's done wonders for Chinese rats and rabbits apparently and is also being used experimentally to help promote faster healing in humans suffering from fractuures caused by osteoporosis – it might be uncomfortable though. The only thing I would worry about in the early stages of healing would be is the possible damage caused by any harsh jarring your hands might get from hitting a pothole or similar.

When you are at the hospital tomorrow I suggest you try to see a hurty finger specialist and ask him or her for a second opinion.

Right, where do I send my bill?

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Cooks [491 posts] 4 years ago
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Velominati Rule #5

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Strathlubnaig [113 posts] 4 years ago
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Excellent point, Cooks.
If needs must, can always stick the offending digit out like some sort of posh tea drinking dude.

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andyp [1448 posts] 4 years ago
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This sort of thing is why paracetamol was invented. Chew 'em up and get in the saddle and rule 5 it.

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dave atkinson [6223 posts] 4 years ago
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you can't ride far with a broken wrist, as i'm sure you found out and i know only too well. a pinky doesn't bear any load though and it's easy to isolate it my changing your hand position a bit. so make hay, i reckon.

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Raleigh [1665 posts] 4 years ago
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Good news is that the bone wasn't actually broken, just CHIPPED, with bits floating all around my finger.

There is BARE internal bleeding, and a lot of soreness.

Turns out that it wasn't the bone sticking out of my finger, just some other finger stuff.

Going back to see Ricky*, my new favourite doctor on Saturday.

I've never been to a private hospital before, but I can see why you have to pay for it, it's soooo much better than NHS.

Never again though, it was 'fairly' expensive, rather have carbon bottle cages (about 6)...  22

*The first doctor to crack jokes, and then ring up to see how things are going later.

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paulfg42 [387 posts] 4 years ago
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NHS supporter here! Dislocated collar bone and very pleased with the care - 2 ops and ongoing, decent physio.

Don't believe the private health hype.