A hand injury can happen in an instant. Trauma, disease and congenital differences can change how the hand functions. Many people that have had a finger amputation complain of reduced function and discomfort from bumping their hand or fingers. Increased sensitivity can be a problem.
Wearing a prosthetic finger can be helpful since it can restore the lost length of the finger, allowing for improved function, especially when using keyboards or office machines. Wearing a prosthesis may help close the “holes” in a person’s grip, so that objects don’t fall out of the hand. Custom prostheses are colour matched and made to look as life-like as possible. These prostheses can usually be held on with suction and custom silicone or acrylic fingernails can be added.
Finger loss can affect people profoundly and musicians are no exception. Sometimes finger prosthetics can be specially designed to help a musician return to playing their instrument. Often people that have suffered a hand injury or finger loss need encouragement and education on how to adapt to a “new normal”. Someone suffering a traumatic hand injury with finger amputation faces many challenges. The recovery may be long, painful and difficult. What can make it even more difficult is when concerned friends and even strangers constantly ask for the details surrounding the injury. Not only does this force the injured person to relive the accident but it draws unwanted attention. All that attention can have negative psychological effects and often people with hand injuries feel compelled to hide their hand from prying eyes, in a pocket or under a bulky bandage. Hiding the hand affects function and prolongs the recovery process.
Wearing a custom finger prosthesis can help. A prosthesis that fits well, is colour matched and restores the anatomy allows the wearer to blend into the crowd. People usually notice when a body part is missing or when function and natural movements are impaired. A finger prosthesis can restore both the appearance of the hand and the normal function.