#1
Well, I was just doing very big finger/hand stretches... and now when I bend my fret-hand index finger, there is a clearly audible CLICKING noise. It's coming from the knuckle closest to the tip of the finger.

I am really concerned. I hope I have not damaged my finger.

There is absolutely no pain, but I can feel something going on in my finger. When I bend my pick-hand index finger, it feels totally "smooth," but in my fret-hand finger, I think I can feel something rubbing against something else (might just be my imagination). I've been playing for 7 years, and I've never had this happen. But these were some pretty damn big stretches I was doing.

So... I'm definitely not gonna play any more tonight... might even take a few days off...

...so does this sound serious? Any precautions I can take? Is my finger ruined?
#2
Take some time off but if it doesn't hurt I very much doubt you've damaged it.

If you're really worried go to a doctor.
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#3
take a couple days off, and if when you play again it keeps happening, I'd consult a doc.
I've heard some stuff about clicking, that weren't exactly pleasing to imagine.
#4
For anyone else interested, I think it might be "trigger finger":

http://orthopedics.about.com/cs/handcondiitions/a/triggerfinger.htm

Luckily, I must have a very mild case of it because there is absolutely no pain. The movement of the joint is also not affected at all (it doesn't lock or snap), but I can FEEL something going on with the tendon; I can still feel it clicking.

I'm definitely not playing for AT LEAST an entire week, although that will be absolute torture!! I put a splint on it, I'm taking ibuprofen, and I'm gonna see a doctor tomorrow. Hopefully it will go away. Fortunately, surgery is supposedly very successful, but I obviously I hope it doesn't come to that.

So, be careful, people! I think I mistook tendon pain for muscle soreness as I was playing these crazy stretch chords. I also had been playing pretty much the entire day (I was going through serious withdrawal since I didn't have a guitar for days when I went home for Thanksgiving).

I'll be honest, I think I always felt invincible playing guitar. I had heard that people had injured their hands, but figured, "nah, that could never happen to ME. How could you get hurt just playing guitar????" I'm always careful about warming up, and I did this time, and I always take breaks, but I think I just pushed it too far with these crazy big chords.


Any suggestions on stuff I can work on while I'm injured? For starters, I'll be listening to a large backlog of music I haven't yet listened to.
Last edited by tapitin at Dec 1, 2008,
#5
wht kind of chords were these? like Major Diminished Harmonies? What chords were they?
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Quote by tapitin
For anyone else interested, I think it might be "trigger finger"


I had trigger finger in my right hand middle finger, and it mysteriously disapeared.
anyway, before that, I went to a hand specialist, and what they did was feel along the tendon in the palm of my hand to find (as he described it), "a knot in the tendon".
You can basically work it out yourself, just squeeze down on the tendon (with your thumb), and wiggle your finger back and forth.
also look out for signs like:
It getting "stuck"
It being usually worse in the morning (In my sperience)
good luck
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Take some time off but if it doesn't hurt I very much doubt you've damaged it.

If you're really worried go to a doctor.

My buddy broke a finger and it didn't hurt for 2 days...It all depends on where you broke it. There is a point in your bones that is meant to break, you know.

By the way...I THINK this might be the wrong forum. I wont report though, since I'm such a nice guy.
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My buddy broke a finger and it didn't hurt for 2 days...It all depends on where you broke it. There is a point in your bones that is meant to break, you know.

By the way...I THINK this might be the wrong forum. I wont report though, since I'm such a nice guy.

nah, this is the right forum, there's not really a specific forum for injurys and this isn't the kind of thing for the pit really, so this is the best place.
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Quote by The.new.guy
My buddy broke a finger and it didn't hurt for 2 days...It all depends on where you broke it. There is a point in your bones that is meant to break, you know.

By the way...I THINK this might be the wrong forum. I wont report though, since I'm such a nice guy.


bones aren't supposed to break xD
#10
I have this aswell!
I got it like a few months ago, i still have it. Clicking on index finger on left hand, and right hand also ring finger on right hand.
Is it safe? :P
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#11
on a side note, my left pinky acts like a compound bow when I extend & retract it (the only way I can describe it). It kinda 'pops' up and down, and i think it might be affecting my playing. My right pinky doesnt do it... you guys ever heard of anything like this?