Finger Stiffness Tendonitis Without Pain, worried it will get worse and affect my job

by Kristen

I am a court reporter, and I have developed what has been diagnosed as tendonitis in the middle joint of my right ring finger.

I have been doing daily contrast baths and splinting it nightly with no relief. I also took two weeks off over the holidays and splinted the finger for 14 days with no improvement.

There is no pain, only stiffness. I'm worried it will eventually cause problems with my work. Do you work with finger problems?

Also, the problem began a few years ago, so I guess I'm dealing with a chronic problem. Thank you!


Joshua Answers:

Hi Kristen.

It's certainly chronic, in the sense that there is a Pain Causing Dynamic at play.

Yes, I work with fingers too!

It's great that there's no pain, and there's just stiffness. That's a good thing.


1. When doing contrast baths, how hot, and how cold?

2. Why tendonitis? Is a tendon involved?

3. Is the joint itself stiff? Feels built up and dense around the joint(s)?

4. Overall health?

5. Age?

I rather imagine that it's not Tendonitis so much as 'jointitis'.

Meaning, you've typed for years, much of the stress has focused on your finger/joints, and over time your body has tried to make your joints more able to handle the load.

Which means they're kind of built up, stiff, tissue around is dense. Forearm muscles are tight and connective tissue is shrinkwrapping too, when puts constant compression on the joints, so there's some irritation and buildup interiorly too.

See: What Is Tendonitis?

The question then becomes, how far along is this dynamic?

And, so far, it sounds like it's not high-tech to reduce the stiffness and keep the dynamic from getting worse.

Answer the above questions, and we'll go from there.

Please reply using the comment link below. Do not submit a new submission to answer/reply, it's too hard for me to find where it's supposed to go.

And, comments have a 3,000 character limit so you may have to comment twice.

Joshua Tucker, B.A., C.M.T.
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Feb 25, 2013
Court Reporter with Tenosynovitis in both palms, wrists, forearms
by: H.

I have tenosynovitis in both palms wrists, and both forearms almost to elbows. I am a realtime court reporter and was injured at work and have been out of work for six months already, and this isn't going away.

Have had two cortisone injections, two rounds of physical therapy, and inquired whether workers' comp would pay for chiropractor and was told no.

How much is each visit and do you think chiropractic could help me?


Joshua Comments:

Hello H.

I have no idea what chiropractors charge and how that all works. Every office is different.

The problem with Worker's Comp, as you described, is that they're not actually there to help you, the worker that was injured on the job. Which is a huge bummer.

You could probably force the issue and make them, but that's not my realm of expertise.

Will Chiropractic help your situation? It might be worth it to try 1-3 sessions and find out.

I'm inclined to say no it won't help, but it certainly might. Tenosynovitis is an advanced expression of Wrist Tendonitis, in that the tendon structure is EXTRA irritated and irritable and painful. But it's all the same factors at play: muscles too tight, connective tissue too tight, nutritional insufficiency, and inflammation.

Make sure that you understand the Pain Causing Dynamic.

Make sure you know How To Reduce Inflammation.

And it wouldn't hurt anything to learn about Magnesium For Tendonitis.

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