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fryerrobin


Oct 9, 2012, 7:32 AM
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How long to rest during A2 injuries
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So I'm not actually a climber but have been doing kayaking (the kind you see in the olympic flat water not slalom).

Somehow properly through exceissive gripping and bad technique i buggered up the A2 area of my middle finger. Symptoms are;

1)Cant really pick up or pull on anything with force including door handles, car handbrakes, rowing, kayaking, shopping bags without moderate pain.

2) Finger feels stiff like i cant close/curl it properly (though it mostly does).

I dont really think its severe as I have avoided using it for 1 and a bit months but its felt pretty much the same all of that time without any real improvement.

That said I have done some weights but avoided doing ones that put weight on the finger (although sometimes accidental use has occurred ).

Can anyone advise me if they have had a similar experience with their A2 injuries?

How long did it take to heal?

Did you take complete rest or did some cross training (i.e. swimming, cycling, running). I need to maintain a level of strength and endurance because of the nature of the sport.

Many thanks to you if you can help, I know I am not from your sport after all! :D


kennoyce


Oct 9, 2012, 8:14 AM
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Personally I've found that A2 injuries generally take about 3 months before I feel like I can really use the finger again, and there is generally still some pain for as long as 6 months. I'm no doctor, but from what I've heard it's important to still use the finger and work it out some while it's healing so that the healed pully is not super weak and prone to reinjury. Good luck, and it you haven't seen a doctor, it may be a good idea.


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Thanks for the kind reply, It's interesting to hear the recovery period to be so long. The I am seeing if I can get reffered to a specialist.


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I'd also be interested to know if anyone thinks it's worth immobilising the finger or splinting it.


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I never have, but this is probably dependent on if it is a partial tear, or a complete tear. For a partial tear, I'd say that you need to keep the finger moble to help prevent reinjury later, for a complete tear, you probably want it immobalized until it has started healing, but again, I'm not a doctor.


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I've had two fairly severe pulley injuries, and have trolled the internet and the real world for resources. My first injury was a partial tear of A2. I'm no expert, but am happy to share what I've learned.

No surgery is indicated, as far as I'm aware, unless you have a full rupture of two or more pulleys, or a full rupture of A2. Here's a few links that you may find helpful:

http://www.rockclimbing.com/...w_flat;post=2500656;

http://www.rockclimbing.com/...rum.cgi?post=1556109

http://www.rockclimbing.com/...rum.cgi?post=2557582

What's where -> http://www.wheelessonline.com/image2/phl3.jpg

What you need -> http://www.amazon.com/...323794944&sr=1-1

My first experience and what I learned from it -> http://www.rockclimbing.com/...4;page=unread#unread

My second one: http://www.rockclimbing.com/...ost=2508908;#2508908

Take a look, and let me know if there are any other questions that come up you think I could help with. Feel free to PM me if you prefer.

Good luck!

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