ok man. i broke the exact same finger, so this will be some advice on what to do and what not to do.
in regards to training, WHAT I DID was I bought some of those hook grip things so I could still DL/pull up/whatever. The issue with these is that they bend some, and I constantly found myself slipping and hitting my finger on the bar (very painful). I still lifted like normal, with a few changes. Benched with a fat bar, used some wrist/ankle attachments to help.
The issue with all this was I was doing it pretty much immediately after I was injured. I went so far as to even DL the DAY after surgery. I really think this has messed with the way my finger healed.
I broke my finger over 3 years ago. It was a spiral fracture of the proximal phalanx. In that time I have had 3 surgeries. 1 to place pins/set bone, 1 to adjust the tendon, and another to remove the screws and adjust the tendon again. The main issue lies in the fact the finger does not have any muscle, but rather tendons that perform movements.
At any rate, the take home from this is that you need to listen to your doctor. Find a hand specialist. DO THE REHAB. As soon as you get the go ahead, make sure you work your grip (especially the extensors). Dont push it. The thing with the fingers is that once the integrity of the finger is comprimised, if you dont follow protocol, it could easily lead to complications.
For me, I cant straighten my finger out completely (about 20deg shy), and it is still swollen to about the size of my thumb. Sucks. I bought some extensor bands from Ironmind.com to hopefully help me as I had to seperate from my doctor. My grip strength is still strong as fuck tho.
If I could have done things differently, I would have taken it easy on lifting. I could go a month+ w/o lifting if I had known I might have permantenly fucked up my finger. Training when I got back to it could include fat bar pressing, squatting (find a way to grip the bar, or change bar positions/squat movement ie front, zercher). Some cable work using ankle attachments. And then single arm pull work.
I hope that helps. Let me know if you have any questions…[/quote]
Thanks for that extensive reply.
Currently I have a special splint on which is over my entire palm. I will see a hand surgeon next week and go from there. Your input has hit home though and I intend to do this as smart as possible and if I temporarily lose mass/strength, well, that has to happen.