Doing your own physical therapy/massage is sometimes the only answer.

Torn Mind

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Lacerated my hand near the right pinky a couple years ago.

Muscles tensed up during recovery given that I had to keep still.

Been screwing with me for at least two years. I spent the last couple hours using "trigger point techniques", feeling up every attachment near the elbow and applying pressure.

Already regained some flexibility and feeling in the pinky finger, although it feels quite "tingly". It's still tight, but undoing 2 years of stiffness and then 30+ years of use is going to take a bit more time.

Moved from OT.
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Sukhoi

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Yeah I've had poor luck with prescribed PT. They seem focused on getting senior citizens out of bed and don't know how to deal with athletic people. A decade ago I had all sorts of knee pain when hiking, and PT had me doing electrical stimulation on my leg along with some other nonsense that didn't work. Once I did some research I figured out it was just a tight IT band and quickly fixed it with some targeted stretching and massage.
 

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About 15 years ago I had a mishap with an extremely sharp knife which resulted in the blade sticking right through the palm of my left hand.

Stupidly I never had it looked at by a doc because although it hurt everything appeared to still work properly.

These days however I've developed some chronic stiffness in the fingers of my left hand.... feels like it just doesn't want to work sometimes. Pretty sure I damaged nerves.
 
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Hans Gruber

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The only thing in PT that works. Ice and stimulation (electrical pads) and ultra sound. Other than that they have absurd exercises to make you look and feel stupid.
 

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I went through PT once when I severed a tendon in my ring finger, ended up going from something like 8% movement to 92% by the end.

But the best thing about it was the wax bath I dipped my hand in at the start of each session. Oh man, it was great...
 

Torn Mind

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Might give Deshaun Watson a call. I've heard he knows a few good people.
The trigger point massage I'm doing is more like painful meat tenderizing rather than rub-and-tug. Females, I don't trust to have the strength.

No massage therapists wastes their times on arms. Triceps and the vast number of forearm muscles are left ignored for the most part.
 

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When I broke my ankle like 17 years ago, PT helped my recovery a lot. I would go 3x a week for like 6-8 weeks or something. The therapist did some stretches that I couldn't do myself and then had equipment I would use that I don't have at home. It's the same stuff I could have done at the gym but it was much easier to do it in a PT office with no other people in there and having to navigate a gym on crutches.
 

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At the doctor's office last week I inquired about the tennis elbow I've had for the past 6 months. She mentioned therapy but I'm pretty sure my insurance would only pay until I started making progress and that's it. I asked if I could do therapy myself and she printed out something I could try at home. Here's the website she used. https://orthoinfo.org/

No idea if that's her go to site or if she googled tennis elbow therapy.
 
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The trigger point massage I'm doing is more like painful meat tenderizing rather than rub-and-tug. Females, I don't trust to have the strength.

No massage therapists wastes their times on arms. Triceps and the vast number of forearm muscles are left ignored for the most part.
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snoopy7548

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This got me thinking... what would happen if you needed physical therapy for your penis? Would the physical therapist essentially become a prostitute/gigolo?
 

Torn Mind

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This got me thinking... what would happen if you needed physical therapy for your penis? Would the physical therapist essentially become a prostitute/gigolo?
I believe eunuchs have only drugs containing testosterone as their recourse for the surgery inflicted upon them.
 

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I've used PT a few times over the years, usually end up at Airrosti, which usually has doctors and therapists that actually work out and don't just tell you to not use something. They've always been great at doing some stretches and release for me but also giving me tools to prevent it from happening again. Definitely expensive even with insurance though. They've thankfully got a partnership with CrossFit coaches / affiliates so I can get a few sessions a year without charge.
 

ch33zw1z

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I've been in and out of PT for the last couple years for different issues. It's taught me a lot, and they definitely encourage home routines to keep you out of PT. Not all PT's are created equal. The first one I went to felt more like a PT factory, the second one is much closer to my home and much more like I first described.

Self massage and stretching is huge for recovery. Things that hurt get some extra TLC now. If joints hurt, look above or below for massage targets.

Like OP mentioned, hands and fingers can have problems that start at the elbow even. Elbows can have problems up the chain as well.

I've been working on elbow problems lately and it's seems that finger extensions, stretching, and massage helps quite a bit. Also started with club swing exercises that seem to help from the shoulder down
 

Torn Mind

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Well, my left leg had some offending muscles too, but different ones. I landed on my ankle just a tad off in high school...and the injury aftereffects have stuck with me...until now.

 

Torn Mind

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Left lower leg is a damn tight son of a...
First had to release the tibalis posterior, that the loosened up my quads area enough to loosen up a particularly tight muscle for years. Now, I'm addressing the flexor hallucis longus. Just falling on an ankle wrong in HS really did screw up everything else for 17. My thumbs are pressing into stiff bricks.
 

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