/ Rock climbing hand injury specialists
Does anyone know of a good specialist in rock climbing injuries? I've had finger pains for the past 6-8 months that hasn't gone away. I get finger joint pains most of the time, it's worst in the mornings. I've not been rock climbing for the past 2 months but I'd like to know if there's anything I can do to assess and treat this injury.
From the research that I've done, people with similar injuries have had mixed results from their local GP and other specialists which is why I'd like to find a specialist in this particular area.
Any advice would be much appreciated.
How sure are you that your pains are related to rock climbing? Have you had a series of definite individual finger injuries? Was a general increase in pains related to a stepping-up of training intensity? Just bear in mind that if you go to see a sports injury specialist of some sort and are labelled as a climber from the start, you may not get anyone thinking wider than that. Primary generalised osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis can start with pains in your finger joints too, and it wouldn't be great to just get physio without actually treating the disease process. I'd advise going to see your GP first, to be honest. If (s)he can satisfy you that it's all climbing-related and nothing else, then you can seek out someone specialised after.
All the best!
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