Broken Glass sliced my wrist, Will I ever be able to use my hand again?

by Lucy

I fell over on broken glass a month and half ago .. It sliced open my hand on the palm where the crease is on the round bit? I had stitches but ever since I cannot bend have no sensation in middle finger and the finger next to it ( near my thumb) they are so weak and really cold I cannot grip I can't write and have constant tingling.

I have to put pressure on it to use it I went hospital and the doctor hasn't said much and I'm worried he is sending me to have a nerve test and an MRI scan I will get results in 6 weeks do you think it's repairable!

I'm so scared do you think I should keep trying to move my fingers or will it do more damage? Thank you so much for your help.


Joshua Answers:

Hi Lucy.


The question is, was the nerve cut, or wasn't it.

In Carpal Tunnel Syndrome situations, and really any time there's numbness issues, doctors regularly throw out the threat of
Nerve Damage.

But just because there's loss of sensation, even loss of mobility/strength, that doesn't necessarily mean there is actual nerve damage.

Nerve compression can cause the same symptoms.

Having said that, if you can't move your fingers at all, that's not a good sign.

Tendonitis is a variety of factors. The relevant on for you here, is, connective tissue.

When there's a cut, and the cut heals, connective tissue literally knits together. When it does that, connective tissue structures shorten, get tighter, and essentially 'compress down'.

Long story short, the trauma causes muscles to tighten also.

See: What Is Tendonitis

So while it's possible that between swelling and connective tissue constriction the nerve is being impinged, I need more information to be able to even guess.


1. How deep was the cut?

2. How much attention did the doctor pay to the cut? Did they investigate, or just stitch it up?

3. Did you have loss of sensation and movement before you got stitched up? Did the doctor test that?

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Joshua Tucker, B.A., C.M.T.
The Tendonitis Expert

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