Finger Injury & Amputation / Douglas Cutter, MD, CAQSM

Finger Injury & Amputation / Douglas Cutter, MD, CAQSM

January 14, 2020 0 By Jose Scott


– The recent fireworks injury to Jason Pierre-Paul was an amputation of his index finger. Now losing this finger, you
lose 25% of your grip strength. And one of the most important
things in the hand mechanics is the pincer, so he’s
not gonna have that. So it makes you wonder if
he’s gotta grab a quarterback, you know, reach out, I mean, it’s gonna be like this
instead of like that. So that can be a significant injury. Obviously if you’re someone who has to receive the ball, I mean catch the ball, something, I mean, you’re gonna be missing a
significant amount of grip. So if you have to catch a ball
like this versus like that, I mean, I don’t think anybody can have that much of a problem. Now if you lose your pinky,
it’s a whole different thing. You still have lots of strength and grip, so this is much less important. And just go across the fingers. You’re going more important
to least important. So it can affect, obviously,
if you’re a quarterback, you know, if you lose your fifth finger, you can still grab the football okay, but if you lose your index
finger, this is devastating. I mean, you can’t put the right
grip on the ball, probably. So those finger injuries
can be pretty bad.