|By Lorenzo de Amicis |
Aug 22, 2013
So, it has been a couple days now and the tenderness has increased significantly when my hand is in crimp position with little resistance. Looks like I'll have to put climbing on hold until the inflammation goes down.
I've looked around for information on my particular injury but I can't seem to find anything with much detail on diagnosis or treatment of the C2 pulley. Whenever I find something promising the author just grazes over the Cruciate pulleys and instead goes into explaining everything regarding Annular pulley injuries.
Does anyone have any links or info worth sharing on the matter? It's hard to believe that this is an uncommon issue with climbers.
|By Vu L. |
Sep 17, 2013
Any update on your injury?
I too believe I may have injured my C2 in my ring finger on the left hand.
I have a very similar experience to you. I can use certain holds, but there are definitely some holds I can't use.
Let me know how your road to recovery is.
|By sanz |
From Raleigh, NC
Oct 21, 2013
I am dealing with a similar injury right now - same exact spot. I came to the conclusion that it was probably A3, but the area of pain is exactly the same.
I first felt the tweak from climbing a crimpy problem before I was fully warmed up. I've probably climbed 4 or 5 times since, taping the finger, and it has continued to give me trouble. It is pretty mild but I figure I should just take some time off.
Anybody got any advice on this? Lorenzo, how is yours shaping up? Should treatment be the same as an A2 injury?
|By Willie Wilson |
Dec 23, 2013
I have also been experiencing the same pain in my left ring finger. At first I thought it was an A4 injury but after closer examination it seems to be the C2. Any advice from any of you experiencing this. I took 2 weeks off when it first began to hurt. Lately I have only been climbing on big holds. The pain has never been very intense really it only hurts when I touch the injured area, and it feels a little sore after climbing but my finger strength is no where near 100%. Now its been about 5 weeks since I injured it and I have not noticed any improvement nor has it gotten any worse.
My finger hurts in the exact area Lorenzo circled in his picture.
Any info or advice from anyone would be much appreciated,
|By cachu |
Dec 23, 2013
rest is the best for it, but if you don't want to stop climbing, i suggest using the ice and heat method to increase blood flow. ice the area, then submerge in warm water bath, and continue. also, do rubber band exercises to work the opposing muscles and tendons. make sure to warm up your fingers before. i had both middle finger a3 tendon strains and it took approximately 2 weeks of rest and opposition exercises to get it to 80-90% normal.
|By Ben Huber |
Dec 23, 2013
Climbing this weekend, my ring finger went *pop* (like a single knuckle cracking) after taking a lot of weight on a crimp and I've had the same symptoms as you since. I've had similar experiences on my left middle finger and right index finger, but closer to the base of the hand (my guess A2 injuries for both), but I think this current injury is damage to the A5.
| || Messed up finger (most bent) |
Above is what my finger looks like when i try to curl it as much as possible by itself. When using my entire hand, it nearly closes completely, without... not so much.
For the two previous finger injuries, I was unable to climb comfortably (even on jugs) for about 2 months. It's a bummer.
|By Lorenzo de Amicis |
Dec 24, 2013
So here is my injury update:
It's been over 4 months since I posted and things were not looking good the first couple months. I would rest for a couple weeks and try and climb easier routes/problems and within a couple sessions the soreness/ache would come back. Even though I completely abstained from using full crimps, (which I try to not do anyways) it still hurt in half crimp. Nothing too painful but more of a mild ache whenever I massage the injured area or if I did anything harder than a v3 (i climbed v6-v9 before said injury).
I then stopped climbing all together for a month but kept doing pull ups and eventually bought some theraputty (firm blue) and it was still too much for my finger. I then bought a squeeze ball at Dick's sporting goods (much less firm than the theraputty) and it would also irritate my finger if I squeezed it too hard.
I then stopped doing pull ups all together and decided to actually take a couple weeks off which helped and started doing laps on 5.9s once the pain was completely gone. I have yet to climb anything harder than a 5.10 but so far so good after 3 weeks of easy laps.
Honestly, I think this is just an overuse injury that has become chronic. Because of this, the healing process is hindered and the collagens produced and used by the body to treat these injuries become unbalanced and has a difficult time healing healthily. Now, i know this is true of tendons but not certain it applies exactly the same with ligaments though I feel ligaments may react similarly to overuse injuries.
I think what I'm going to try and do is what others have already said in this thread. Massaging forearm and finger, work on opposing muscles in forearm (rubber bands) and very light climbing that doesn't cause any pain. Hopefully, this will cause the healing process to go back to its normal and optimal state.
Hope this helps.