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onceahardman


Sep 16, 2013, 3:13 PM

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Re: [x2josh] Stiff and swollen joints
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x2josh wrote:
I know this topic has been discussed here a lot, but I've done a lot of research and want to get a few things straight.

The middle joints of my pointer and middle fingers of both hands are swollen and somewhat stiff. Basically what is pictured here is what my hands look like, maybe less extreme: http://www.rockclimbing.com/...nflammation;#1791576

Some tenderness/pain when I push on or massage the joints. Middle fingers won't touch palm when in a crimp/claw-like position.

Things I've tried to recover:

No climbing (for about two weeks now)
Stretching (especially extensor exercises and this http://www.youtube.com/...U&v=IMO__OrzM_U)
Massaging the joints (though usually results in more tenderness)
Arnica cream
Contrast baths

I've also started taking supplements (glucosamine, chondroitin, MSM) to prevent this from happening in the future.

Short of going to see a doctor, is there anything else I should be doing? Anything here I shouldn't be? I've heard stretching might not be good for you? Also is it okay if my joints pop/crack when I do stretch?

Thanks, just trying to confirm/consolidate a lot of the info I've gathered.

Made clicky, just to make it easy.

You are applying forces to the connective tissue of your fingers which is in excess of the tensile strength of those structures. The resulting instability has caused inflammation of your joints, which is, by definition, arthritis.

Relative rest is indicated. If you were in my clinic, I would not likely have you stretch until the pain and swelling decreases quite a bit.


(This post was edited by onceahardman on Sep 16, 2013, 3:19 PM)



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