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deamicl


Feb 18, 2013, 6:11 AM
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Hello there once again!

I'm an issue with my finger. I've been hangboarding lately and generally speaking getting strong during my bouldering training. Yesterday, I did some hangboarding for about 15 minutes and when I was done I saw this bump on my first knuckle closest to the tip of my finger. In my mind, it seems to be a bone spur though I'm not sure if it's something worse ie. arthritis. I'm 27 so I feel it might be a little early for something like that but I'm sure it's not completely out of the realm of possibility. So, the bump is firm and slightly tender though it doesn't stop me from crimping or affect the range of motion. The firmness makes me rule out it being a cyst of sorts.

Any ideas? here are some pictures to help.
thanks!








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Feb 18, 2013, 6:59 AM
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looks like my finger.

Doc says it's a ganglion cyst (mucous cyst). If it doesn't bother you, you can ignore it. If it starts to leak goo then you still choose to ignore it or you can have surgery to remove it and the underlying bone spurs.

I am leaving mine alone.


milesenoell


Feb 18, 2013, 9:32 AM
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Looks to me like you are giving yourself a Heberden's node.

Overuse>inflammation>osteophytes (bone spurs)>Heberden's nodes.


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I don't see anything.


deamicl


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Thanks guys and I think you're right about the spur or Heberden's nodes milesenoell which is unfortunate. Does anyone know how this affects a climber's ability down the road? Treatment? I'll go see a doctor about this soon to get a better understanding of what I'm dealing with but not climbing isn't an option so here we go!

skelldify: I can't imagine how helpful and meaningful your other 4 posts must have been.

Cheers!


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Heberdon node or cyst...it's unlikely to impact your climbing. It's the arthritis that's ultimately going to impact your climbing.

Heberden nodes form around an arthritic joint. As do cysts.

Do what you can to be nice to your fingers. I think that gym climbing can be really hard on your digits. In my gym, the harder the grade, the crimpier the climb. Try using an open crimp, putting less stress on your fingers. I try and do all of my gym projecting on slopers. It's not always possible, but, I do what I can do avoid massive stress on my already arthritic fingers (and toes).

I did have to have surgery on my toes...they were just too spurred up to be comfortable in every day shoes.


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Never really looked, but all my fingers on the right hand, and 2 on the left have that... But since I was 8 years old, every time I move my fingers, they crack.


onceahardman


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Read Miles' post again.

Inflammation of a joint is arthritis. That is the definition.


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