Mech­a­nism of In­jury


The clas­sic stor y is of a climber cr im­p­ing when the f in­ger is loaded rapid ly due to ei­ther a foot-slip or pul ling dy­nam­i­cally to make a dif f icult move. There is of­ten a gr ue­some, au­di­ble “pop” at the time of in­jur y which is cal led an acute r up­ture. An­other cause re­sults from work­ing a project or tr ying the same move mul­ti­ple times. Then, some­time dur­ing the climb­ing, or shor tly there­after, pain and ten­der ness is felt at the base of the f in­ger.

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