Physical Rehabilitation Medicine/index finger pain


I  have been experiencing a strange pain in my index finger. The pain seems to originate just proximal to the distal finger crease on the radial side. The finger has full ROM but seems slightly stiff. Just writing this hasn't really caused any discomfort but the pain  will come out of nowhere after gripping something. There is no tingling in any of my fingers. The pain also seems to be more on the palmar side. Any ideas?

Seems like you know your sure you can't figure this out on your own?

Could be a volar plate injury to the DIP joint (not very common), a partial flexor digitorum profundus fraying, oblique retinacular ligament tightness.  If it hurts with gripping I'd say maybe FDP fraying but that's not very common and would be an educated guess at best.

Can you tell me anything else about how it behaves such as other movements...any activity that started all this, etc.?  

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Brian Neville, OTR/L, CWCE


I can answer questions about both conservative and post-operative rehabilitation for UPPER extremity injuries. These include but are not limited to: fractures, tendon repairs, tendon transfers, nerve repairs, lacerations, tenolysis procedures, TFCC injuries, repetitive motion disorders, reconstructive procedures. I have an advanced knowledge of UPPER extremity anatomy and industrial rehabilitation. I have extensive splinting skills for injuries to the upper extremity. Although not a physician or a surgeon I have worked closely with world renowned upper extremity specialists for over 10 years. I can give general information on what some of the most common upper extremity surgeries involve. I can reference those procedures as well. PLEASE DON'T ASK ME QUESTIONS ABOUT ANYTHING OTHER THAN THE NECK, SHOULDER, ARM/HAND. I'M NOT QUALIFIED AND KNOW ABSOLUTELY ZERO ABOUT BACKS/HIPS/KNEES/ANKLES/ETC. THANK YOU!!!


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