I dislocated bones in pinkie finger joint (joint connecting middle and proximal phalange bones). No fracture, but ligament was strained. After correcting at urgent care center within an hour, finger was put in a static splint in "straight" position and instructed to remain there for 6 weeks.
I know that I have to let pinkie sit in the splint most of the time, but also start to gently condition/strengthen it to restore functionality.
My question: how soon after splint was put on can I start to occasionally bend & exercise the pinkie? I'm worried about ligament healing in over-loose "bent" position, but on the other hand I don't want to lose finger strength/functionality after healing.