Wednesday, 16 January 2008

I can feel it in me bones.

I went to see a hand specialist yesterday afternoon so see if there was anything he could do to stop my finger from hurting.

I originally hurt it about 10 / 11 months ago and didn’t do much about it. Eventually April made me go to see a doctor. I went to a sports injury clinic and they x-rayed it but said that it wasn’t broken. They said I should go to my doctor so that they could recommend a physio. After a couple of months of that it was only marginally better she then suggested that I go and see a specialist.

He told me that the injury could take up to nine months to heal so I carried on exercising it but when that time elapsed it was still painful and the movement was actually worse.

He took a second x-ray and it turns out that the damaged soft tissue has tried to repair itself but instead of healing correctly some of the soft tissue has turned into bone.

I was given a couple of options

a) leave it but it’ll never get any better.
b) Have an operation to remove the excess bone.

Seeing as I had gotten that far I may as well go the whole hog.

He said that the operation could be done with just local aesthetic so I could actually watch it if I want. I probably will. After this it should go back to normal. However if this is not the case then my only option left would be for a knuckle replacement!

If I had to get that done then I would have to stop playing rugby though.

He suggested that I have the operation, if it works, then great. If it doesn’t then hold back on the replacement till I ‘retire’ from rugby.

Sounds good to me. I’ll wait until the end of the season before booking myself in but that’s my plan.

The wonders of private health.

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