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Index Finger Tendonitis


By gumnut01

1 year ago



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    #1 1 year ago

    Index finger pain on joint at end palm side. Worried that this is the end... of pinball.... for me.

    Hurts when I curl finger. I guess I can splint but how to treat a repetitive strain injury? Tennis elbows I have overcome through strengthening exercises and not resting on the pin when I play.

    Anyone else had similar pain in index finger? Have you been able to get back to playing? Any exercises?

    #2 1 year ago

    I think it may be because I don’t rest on pin but stand in front with fingers extended. The end finger joints are hitting against the concave edge of the flipper button. Will go back to leaning on pin. Does cause tennis elbow but that I can resolve with exercises. Sorry if this was a useless topic. Just don’t want to stuff up my index fingers. Even for pinball!

    #3 1 year ago

    Ugh man. Yeah, I have similar. My typing fingers that are most used are farked. Got some steroid injections in them and it fixed them up temporarily. Did MRI and other electrical nerve tests and all ok there so it's just like tendonitis and arthritis. I do a lot, a lot of stretching my ligaments and tendons in my arm. I've gone to a crap ton of physical therapy. Just gotta work on it and go to the doc. Put some foam on your flipper buttons maybe.

    My wife has some joint issues and does like 45 minutes of stretches and exercise a day for that specifically on top of our twice daily yoga, she's a beast. She was also going to PT 3 times a week and they helped her a lot with various tools and exercises. Hopefully your wonderful country has drastically better healthcare than we have.

    #4 1 year ago

    Interested how you've overcome tennis elbow. I have been fighting for eight months. I have been able to work out but not as of last three weeks. I'm still in shape but this sucks. I rest on the machine when I play, arms locked. Is that the issue? I'll dump these things if it means not getting better.

    #5 1 year ago

    I have wankers cramp in my wrist!

    #6 1 year ago
    Quoted from oldskool1969:

    I have wankers cramp in my wrist!

    Honestly, I work for physicians and they say most tennis elbow in men over 35 is from that. Let's say I switched hands.

    #7 1 year ago
    Quoted from Djshakes:

    Honestly, I work for physicians and they say most tennis elbow in men over 35 is from that. Let's say I switched hands.

    I am also ambiwanksterous.

    #8 1 year ago
    Quoted from Djshakes:

    Interested how you've overcome tennis elbow. I have been fighting for eight months. I have been able to work out but not as of last three weeks. I'm still in shape but this sucks. I rest on the machine when I play, arms locked. Is that the issue? I'll dump these things if it means not getting better.

    Yep, riding a bike with locked elbows and resting on the machine with locked elbows not good. It’s also splaying your palms outwards not good. All that weight and vibration (not the sort our friend Gilligan is talking about) stresses the tendons out. That’s why is stopped resting on the machine. Carrying heavy weights at the end of your arms like heavy shopping bags not good.

    I was using resistance bands, but I actually found swimming and stretching arms out and then self hugging (settle everyone!) and stretching out again with arms submerged and straight really helps. Also the suspension trainer thing that you use to do rows and push ups is great. Anything low impact can strengthen your arms is the key.

    And also if you know something like pinball or fortnight is going to cause aggravation, do it in moderation but then use exercise.

    I still have tennis elbow, but much better. Just a slight twinge after a big binge!!

    #9 1 year ago

    Tennis elbow? I am dealing with pinball elbow. Right hand elbow.

    I take double doses of vitamin B-6 and vitamin B-12. The pin elbow is still there but is slowly going away. At least it does not hurt now and I can play.

    B-6 and B-12 were how I managed to keep working on a tractor assembly line in 2004. That job was torquing down 9/16” nuts and bolt all shift long.

    You all might consider the “B”s.

    #10 1 year ago

    Huh, hadn’t thought of the Bs! Was taking D and calcium. Will check it out. Thanks!

    #11 1 year ago

    Just read an article said D plus calcium increased risk of stroke.

    #12 1 year ago

    Awesome! Hopefully when I get 666666!

    #13 1 year ago

    Cortisone. Then moderation. Then more cortisone a year later after overdoing it. A vicious cycle for seniors.

    #14 1 year ago

    see a doctor - hand injury specialist.

    #15 1 year ago

    I have chronic tendonitis and used to golf and play pinball a lot which was horrible for it.

    These exercises worked so well.

    https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2971639/

    I've also used voodoo floss successfully to treat it.

    #16 1 year ago
    Quoted from jackd104:

    see a doctor - hand injury specialist.

    Thanks. Giving it a week. See how it goes. Getting DP on Wednesday so a bit annoying. Almost cancelled the order. Hopefully just a bruised joint.

    Thanks fattdirk. I have 2 of those flex bars. Liked it for a bit, but I found the cranking caused aggravation. Definitely agree strengthening the muscles and tendons are the key.

    #17 1 year ago
    Quoted from jackd104:

    see a doctor - hand injury specialist.

    I would agree, the doctor will let you know exactly what movements are irritating it and provide exercises and therapy plans and/or a brace. Most therapies you can do at home. I had a similar issue to you(index finger and thumb). The key for me was to stop aggravating the injury. Apparently, that makes it worse, can cause permanent damage and increases healing times. It's difficult to do, I wore a brace, did therapy as I did not want surgery. After a couple of months, it went away, I strengthened it and the problem hasn't come back.

    I took months, I've read 2-6 weeks healing time which assumes you stop re-injuring it.

    https://www.webmd.com/fitness-exercise/understanding-tendinitis-basics

    #18 1 year ago

    Thanks. Guess I can always play with a brace!

    #19 1 year ago

    Try switching which fingers you use when playing pinball. It's not hard to get used to using your middle fingers versus your index fingers, and you can switch back and forth depending on how you feel.

    #20 1 year ago

    Sorry to hear that. Been suffering with a mix of tendinitis in my index finger, tennis elbow and bum shoulder all on my right arm.
    I work as a dairy lead in a grocery store. One of my daily jobs is to refill the milk cases so have to lift hundreds of gallons of milk daily. Been doing this for 10 years now. Lets put it this way, my whole right arm is constant pain from my index finger to my elbow to my shoulder. Been getting Cortisone shots for years now.
    I take vitamins, aspirin and keep everything wrapped when it flairs up bad. I can't play a lot of pinball any longer. Some weeks I only play the 4 games I need to play at league. On good weeks I can play a couple games a day but can't over do it. If I go to shows and spend the day playing games you can bet I'll have my arm wrapped and a wrist brace with index finger support for the following week. On a side note, I've completely given up play any kind of video games. Can't even lay my old NES or SNES any longer. Getting old sucks.

    #21 1 year ago
    Quoted from arcademojo:

    Sorry to hear that. Been suffering with a mix of tendinitis in my index finger, tennis elbow and bum shoulder all on my right arm.
    I work as a dairy lead in a grocery store. One of my daily jobs is to refill the milk cases so have to lift hundreds of gallons of milk daily. Been doing this for 10 years now. Lets put it this way, my whole right arm is constant pain from my index finger to my elbow to my shoulder. Been getting Cortisone shots for years now.
    I take vitamins, aspirin and keep everything wrapped when it flairs up bad. I can't play a lot of pinball any longer. Some weeks I only play the 4 games I need to play at league. On good weeks I can play a couple games a day but can't over do it. If I go to shows and spend the day playing games you can bet I'll have my arm wrapped and a wrist brace with index finger support for the following week. On a side note, I've completely given up play any kind of video games. Can't even lay my old NES or SNES any longer. Getting old sucks.

    Sorry to hear that. Yes console game pads cause more agro. The worst I found was the PS4 controller. Whoever designed that was a dumbass.

    #22 1 year ago

    Cortisone is temporary and is weakening the ligaments and tendons in the long run. It only cures the symptoms not the problem. Taking NSAIS ( Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs )is not good also , since inflammation is a way for nature to fix things up. eliminating inflammation will make things worse eventually. Listen to your body , rest your fingers and wrist , avoid anything that causes pain. using some ice in moderation when there is a flare up is a good alternative choice over medicines. when / if eventually you feel better start exercising and strengthening your joints. there are a lot of sites to look for advice.
    Curcumin is a natural Anti-inflammatory to use if the pain is not bearable. Also Collagen , and Glucosamine will help to lube and strengthen the joint.

    #23 1 year ago
    Quoted from phototamer:

    Cortisone is temporary and is weakening the ligaments and tendons in the long run. It only cures the symptoms not the problem. Taking NSAIS ( Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs )is not good also , since inflammation is a way for nature to fix things up. eliminating inflammation will make things worse eventually. Listen to your body , rest your fingers and wrist , avoid anything that causes pain. using some ice in moderation when there is a flare up is a good alternative choice over medicines. when / if eventually you feel better start exercising and strengthening your joints. there are a lot of sites to look for advice.
    Curcumin is a natural Anti-inflammatory to use if the pain is not bearable. Also Collagen , and Glucosamine will help to lube and strengthen the joint.

    Thanks, I made the decision years ago when I first got tennis elbow not to do cortisone. Don’t regret that decision.

    #24 1 year ago

    Ive had Kenalog, a synthetic cortisone thats super thick and stays in the area, on both hands.
    So far, after 6 years on the oldest shot, I havent had to go back.
    This was decided because of my age over anti inflammatory failed

    Trigger finger sucks!

    #25 1 year ago

    Is that where it goes into a claw?

    I was worried cos I’m a photographer by trade. Makes it tricky.

    #26 1 year ago

    just use your middle finger.

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