Hello and welcome to the forum! So, you'd like to hear a success story, here goes...
I had a traumatic injury to my left elbow that caused the protective sheath of the ulnar nerve to tear and my nerve would subluxate every time I would bend and straighten my elbow. Unfortunately, this same incident caused a 3/4 thickness tear of the supraspinatus tendon as well and that was attended to first. When the E.M.G. was finally done, it showed a serious loss of function in the ulnar nerve. I had the transposition done in August of 1996. I was placed in a cast for 6 weeks. After the cast was removed I was put in physical therapy where they used ice, ultrasound, massage and a procedure they referred to as "points", which I believe is responsible for such a good result. I still have permanent nerve damage but have full use of my hand and fingers. If I use my arm/hand a lot, the nerve gets irritated, but it is manageable.
I hope your inability to bend the pinky joint resolves itself. Wait for any swelling to be completely gone, keep an eye on the blood flow to the pinky tip, and mention it to your doctor.
Sometimes, nerve impulse readings change after manipulation. For instance, my forearm now reads 'cold' as 'wet'. I feel 'itch' but do not feel 'scratched'. Mixed messages can lead to unintentional injury.
Hope to hear more from you!
Thank you for your reply. Interesting that you were in a cast for 6 weeks I have read that a lot of surgeons opt for the cast. Mine did not and I have a scar in a different position to the original one this time. Mobility is better this time. I have been told not to worry about
my little finger too much don't do anything and see how it is when I see the consultant in a couple of weeks! I have been told that I will have 3 months of physio not sure yet when that will start! The ice treatment sounds interesting. ..Glad you had a good recovery.