Dec 26, 2012, 1:26 AM
Registered: Dec 26, 2012
I just started climbing about 2 weeks ago, and have been climbing on a cycle of 2 days on, 2 days off. Since then, I've had soreness in my ring fingers and one middle finger. The pain is located on the joints ONLY, and is relatively mild such that it doesn't effect my ability to use my fingers. However, when I climb, the pain goes away (or at least I don't notice it). Because of this, I haven't slowed down my climbing much, because it doesn't effect my performance, and the pain isn't really getting worse.
I assume it's common to experience finger pain when you first start to climb, but I am wondering whether the best course of action is to take it easy, or cease climbing completely until the pain goes away. At the moment the pain is doesn't bother me, but I'd hate for it to turn into a crippling injury. I've taken as much as 3 days off, but the finger pain did not disappear. My girlfriend has gone climbing the exact same amount of times that I have (We've gone together each time), and has no finger/joint pain.
Edit: As requested, I've been climbing indoors at a local climbing gym. I've done a good mix of top roping and bouldering primarily at the 5.7-5.8 and V0-V1 levels with overhanging routes peppered in occasionally.
(This post was edited by Blandge on Dec 26, 2012, 2:07 AM)