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PIP injury

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Adam Menz · · Salt Lake City, UT · Joined Jul 2014 · Points: 95

I hurt my finger on a finger crack mid November. The finger only hurt on finger cracks or if I intentionally torqued it the wrong way and it was my last desert trip of the season so I didn’t think much of it. Since then I have been training quite hard in the gym and am climbing the hardest I ever have with no issues from the finger whatsoever. I really only rarely thought of the finger, just conscious if I torqued it that it would hurt. The past few days I’ve felt like it was strange that it has been injured for so long without causing any problems. I did some research last night and it looks like a PIP injury.

I guess my question is, should I stop face climbing/training if I can’t feel any pain and it causes no problems? I definitely can’t get on a finger crack with it, so I won’t be doing that. Is a few months of non-Climbing required for it to heal?

FrankPS · · Atascadero, CA · Joined Nov 2009 · Points: 275

What do you think about seeing a doctor?

Matthew Stark · · Indianapolis, IN · Joined Mar 2017 · Points: 0

If it only hurts when you torque it, i would say it's likely that it's a collateral ligament injury. Dunno what the best course of action is, but a specialist would probably have a good idea.

Adam Menz · · Salt Lake City, UT · Joined Jul 2014 · Points: 95

Thanks for talking some sense into me guys. Gonna get it check out, buddy taping for now.

Charlie S · · Ogden, UT · Joined Aug 2007 · Points: 1,850


Get in touch with Susan Ozaki (who is a climber and I've heard great things about) or Seth Riley (who helped me with a FDP and FDS strain and A4 sprain), both with Hand and Ortho.  They have several offices here locally.

Guideline #1: Don't be a jerk.

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