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Jan 26, 2013, 9:32 AM

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Fingertip Arthritis
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I've been climbing on and off for around four years but started getting more serious within the past 8 months-ish. I mainly boulder (anything from V4-V6) mostly indoors and outdoors whenever I can.

I've been doing a ton of super hard crimping lately, and I'm starting to feel the effects on my finger tips (mostly the first digit, both hands). I'll come down from a climb and my fingertips will be throbbing, and after a whole day my fingers are like stiff swollen sausage links. I do have the tendency to crimp everything (because I find it to be easier than open-handing in some situations), and I'm working on stopping that, but on crimpy climbs I don't really have a choice.

I usually climb 5-6 days out of the week, and I've only recently started to feel the painful effects of going hard for so many days in a row. I'm finding ways to work rest days into my schedule. I'm only 15, but could I possibly be developing arthritis? I have a family history of weak joints as well (lucky me). I'd hate to cut my climbing career short because climbing is all I really do, and I have a few comps coming up soon. Any information/advice would be awesome, thanks so much & climb on!

(This post was edited by cb233 on Jan 26, 2013, 9:35 AM)

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