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Finger injury
5:43:59 PM
A quick question that people here might be able to help me with.

I was in the gym yesterday and hurt the ring finger on my left hand. I had three fingers crimping on a slopey gaston, and as I loaded the hold, I felt something shift in my ring finger.

I couldn't use the finger any more, so I went home and iced it.

There's a little bit of pain in the area around the "thumb side" of both joints, but no pain on the pinkie side.

It doesn't hurt at all at the moment. If I load the finger (a bit like I was hanging off a mono) against my other hand, it still doesn't hurt, but when I release that load, it hurts quite badly for a second or so.

I've tweaked fingers before, but never had something that hurts more when I release a load than when the load is actually there.

Anyone got any ideas?
6:08:56 PM
No diagnosis but I suggest you stop putting that finger in your ring.

Ice for a few days. Maintain as much range of motion as possible

Try feldene. If you slip into your old habbits you will never put your finger in your ring again.

Eduardo Slabofvic
10:33:38 AM
The best way to avoid this injury re-occurring is to stay out of climbing gyms. They are the Brothels of the climbing world, preying on your weaknesses and insecurities, promising action but they donít really love you.
2:33:06 PM
WWS, I have 9 other fingers, so I should be fine. Thankfully, this one is coming good after a few days rest.

Eduardo, I love the gym. Where else can I be super serious about plastic holds that will be rearranged in a month, have footholds coloured brightly so I don't miss them and be inside with a beany on but no shirt?

That said, it does give me something fun to do during the week.
3:36:17 PM
I would be careful about assuming that it "has come good" even though the pain has subsided...

A quick google search will yield heaps of info on finger injury. Dave Macleods blog ( is a great reference and I have also found to be a worthwhile read

7:08:00 PM
Finger injury must be treated with utmost care, as a simple dislocation of digit bone can cause long term internal injuries. Get yourself checked from a good doctor and take some prescriptions.

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