finger pain

i was practicing my hopping today, and shortly after i began, i notice a really big pain in my hand and had to stop, this pain i had felt before, but only after a long hopping practice, today i couldnt even start, wich obviously sucks. i stopped, and try some other riding, later i examine my hand and localize the pain to the red area in the picture(please excuse the crapy pic but i dont have graphic editing tools) i was wondering if anyone has suffered from this and if so what suggestions do you have as for a) it going away, and b) not coming back when hopping, thanks
Julian

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Ive been there too Julian! I had some pretty bad pain off and on in my finger joints and in my wrist. Some days I’d even have a dull pain in my hand the whole day after a hard day of uni the day before.

So… I got a reeder handle and my problems were solved! :smiley:
The thick handle means you dont have to bend your fingers as sharply as in the case of the miyatas/KHs. Secondly the thing is angled to favor one hand in a more natural position (this part helped my wrist).

I hope this helps. If you decide to get one of these handles, please let me know if you get results.
-erik

P.S. If I am getting annoying with my reeder handle plugs, Just let me know and I’ll knock it off. :wink:

Re: finger pain

Your symptoms resemble those of a friend of mine with tendonitis in his hands. Is there bruising? If so I’d go see a doctor. Could be that you’ve damaged the tendon or tendon sheath. If they heal poorly then you’ll have problems for a long time. It’s 20 years later and Bill still has problems with his hands.

Re: Re: finger pain

I don`t think so, my finger looks ok from a viewers point of view(whatever that means…) there is not even swelling that i can see, it just hurts like hell…i might go to a doctor tomorrow, just in case…
thanks,
Julian

Re: finger pain

cyberbellum <cyberbellum@NoEmail.Message.Poster.at.Unicyclist.com> writes:

> Your symptoms resemble those of a friend of mine with tendonitis in his
> hands. Is there bruising? If so I’d go see a doctor. Could be that
> you’ve damaged the tendon or tendon sheath. If they heal poorly then
> you’ll have problems for a long time. It’s 20 years later and Bill
> still has problems with his hands.

Do finger tendons ride in a sheath?

In any case, rest (a week, or two at most), ice, stretching, and
exercises may help your finger pain. One good stretch is to hold the
hand out in front of you, palm up and pull the fingers down and back
toward you with the other hand. You can stretch all the fingers at
once, or do them individually. One nice way to exercise finger
flexors is by doing “negatives”: Curl one finger with the tip against
the opposite palm, then force the finger open by pushing on it. Ice
is your friend, cool the injured area often.

Lastly, be nice to you fingers when you use them. Resume activity
gently. Stop when you notice your hand starting to hurt. In the long
run, stepping back and resting (plus rehab/training of the sort
described above) will let you spend more time at the activity without
pain.

Ken

This is a bit off topic of the original post, but was the Reeder handle invented by Chris Reeder? I think he lives in the same city I do… coolness.

“Originally developed by Chris Reeder and now produced by George Barnes IV…”

I got that off of here:

What a lucky guy you are James potter! :slight_smile:

Wowzers, that’s cool. I’ll need to meet him sometime. I think he’s a student of my friend’s mom’s friend, who is a teacher.

Re: Re: finger pain

I’m pretty sure they do, but I’m not sure if the sheath goes all the way out onto the fingers.

Bill’s problem was that his tendons scarred and thinkened in places, and the sheath also scarred and constricted in places. When the tendon scar goes through the sheath scar it hangs up for a second. He still can’t smoothly open and close his hand, and if he uses it for any length of time the tendons get inflamed and hurt. Which is a bitch because he’s a pretty decent guitar player.

Ice is good therapy. Ibuprofin in large amounts is good too if your system can handle it. Two 200mg pills every 4-6 hours can’t hurt, but if that doesn’t help ask your doctor about increasing the amount.

I overstressed a tendon in my foot and was going lame. My doc set me up with a pint of 800mg horse pills and told me to take one or two every 4 hours for a month. There can be complications with that much Ibuprofin but fortunately I didn’t experience any of them. The only think I noticed was that I could slam into things and not feel any pain. It was weird.

(The risk of taking that much is that you’ll overstress either your kidneys or liver, I can’t remember which, but if you do it’s real bad. Life shortening bad. My doc gave my a list of symptoms to watch out for and told me to call him if any appeared. )

Re: finger pain

I had exactly the same problem (I’ve got a KH seat). For about the first week or two after practcing hoping my fingers would really really hurt in exactly the same spot yours do. I just rode (hopped?) through the pain. After about a two weeks it stopped hurting. I think it was all due to technique, eg. grabbing the handle too hard, pulling on it too often, etc.

Gloves might work too. My fingers haven’t hurted since I started wearing gloves.

I had the same problem with the Miyata… made it really difficult to play the viola since I use my left hand to hold the seat. All I did was refrain from extended hopping sessions and duct tape some polyurethane to the handle to make a softer grip and my fingers don’t hurt anymore. So yeah, just give it a rest for a while. Although recently I’ve noticed that my handle is starting to rip off the seat; I will probably need to buy a replacement soon.

focus your chi.

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