I have developed left index pain. Any thoughts?

Discussion in 'Technique [BG]' started by Thor, Aug 26, 2009.

  1. Thor

    Thor Gold Supporting Member In Memoriam


    I started on violin at 5. Guitar in HS, bass in college and have
    been playing bass full time since 1975. I play 12 string acoustic guitar as well for fun and amusement.

    I have played exclusively fingerstyle right hand since 2003 as
    a personal challeng to learn it.

    I have not had any joint, hand pain or finger issues. Up until last month.

    I have developed an ongoing between the knuckle and middle
    joint of the left index finger, my freeting hand. I am having
    difficulty bending the finger strongly enough to fret well. The
    position that is most painful is the open C chord position
    on the guitarwhere you need to crook your index a bit and
    press down.

    There is no noticeable swelling of the joint such as I would
    expect from arthritis or something like that. I did trip and
    strain the left hand out in the yard a few months back, but
    it didn't seem to bother me at the time. No bruises or

    Has anyone else experienced the same issues. I guess fretting
    a lifetime may be taking it's toll. I actually use the 12 string to
    maintain and increase my finger strength through exercise.
    Should I continue and ramp up this activity or should I cut it

    I don't use a lot of NSAIDS, I always try to minimize OTC medications unless I have to use them.

    Or is this what to expect normally for my 50's, the pain will set in and not go away.

    Comments appreciated. Thanks in advance.
  2. Lonnybass


    Jul 19, 2000
    San Diego
    Endorsing Artist: Pedulla Basses
    Two words...orthopedic physician.
  3. Thor

    Thor Gold Supporting Member In Memoriam


    Guess I'll have to make the call tomorrow.
  4. Lonnybass


    Jul 19, 2000
    San Diego
    Endorsing Artist: Pedulla Basses
    Good luck. Keep us posted and let us know what the doctor says.

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