I have a locking pinky finger.from playing guitar

by Trey K.
(Chandler, AZ )

Hi, I got a locking pinky finger on my left hand.

When I bend my fingers towards my palm of my hand, my pinky finger does not follow the rest of my fingers but does go pop and then it goes if I try real hard and then it lines up with the rest of the fingers. Then when i straighten back all of my fingers the pinky feels like it has to go over a major obstacle again to go back straight.

I am a guitar player and I have always felt like my pinky finger using the fret board has to struggle and strain to reach other notes.

Anyway, I have had a similar problem years ago back in my mid 20's in the 80's with my other pinky finger but was not strained like the other. A doctor gave me a shot of cortisone it seams that I remember. It is starting to get worse and a little sore.

When I first noticed, it didn't hurt at all but now it gets sore especially when I wake up in the morning. Money is very tight even with having insurance from the company I work for. Is there something I can do to fix it my self or do I need to see a doctor?

Also, I thought if I bent my finger and then straightened it would help it go away. Looking at it now I feel it is not a good idea. It makes since to me that it could get bad if I forced it.

Thank you for reading this and hope you have suggestions for this.



Joshua Answers:

Hi Trey.

The body shapes itself according to the forces placed upon it. I notice from the pictures that at least one of your fingers bend sideways to some degree.

is a function of that. The tendon grinds on the finger joint (then tendon is constantly being pulled too tight my forearm muscle and compresses the joint it's grinding against) and tissue builds up around that spot of friction.

So if that pinkie finger has been doing weird things/has been working extra hard for decades, it has literally changed shape.

Can you make it straight again? Unlikely. Can you soften the built up joint/trigger finger? Mostly. Can you keep it happy? Yes.

Get adequate nutrition in (Magnesium for instance), get the decades old Process of Inflammation out, get the muscle and connective tissue structures in the forearm (that control the fingers) soft and loose again as opposed to the TOO TIGHT that they are now.

You don't have Tendonitis, but I highly recommend that you get my Reversing Wrist Tendonitis ebook or Reversing Guitar Tendonitis ebook. It has the bulk of what you need, and I can fine tune what you do specifically for the finger over email.

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.
The Tendonitis Expert

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