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Topic - Finger injuries and pain

Schnell on 15 Apr 2014
I'm a terminal sufferer from finger tweaks of all sorts. At the moment I've an A1 pulley strain that is bad (by my reckoning) but I don't know how it compares on the scale. Basically people talk about pain from pulley injuries, and that when you're pain free it's ok to start climbing again. Does this refer to pain when massaging/touching the injury site? Or is it actual pain while carrying out the activity. I find with pulley strains I have never had any pain while climbing/finger boarding etc, but afterwards the pulley is tender and painful to touch or massage.

By my reckoning having a tender, but not painful to climb on finger puts me at a grade 1 strain on this scale: http://www.climbinginjuries.com/fingers-pulleys/ However, I've been at this stage for a fair while, climbing on jugs and openhanding and it ain't getting better, in fact worse if anything.

Any advice/opinions. I'm particularly interested in the pain issue, whether pulleys usually hurt while climbing if they're injured, or if I'm being soft. The recent, otherwise excellent, article on here about finger injuries was vague about this too.
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