So far I’ve tried ice, moist heat (helps short term), voltaren gel (no help), stretching, soft splints, massage, ultrasonic massage, ibuprofen (somewhat helpful), Boswellya, CoQ10, Tumeric, gelatin, rest.
My right m finger triggers/snaps at extreme coil inward, but doesn’t impact my playing except for stiffness and pain after playing or in the morning. I have some stiffness and nodules on the left m finger as well, which tells me it is age/genetics/complications of type II diabetes, or drug (statin) side effects as opposed to repetitive injury, since each hand has a different type of stress on the guitar.
Bottom line is: I won’t opt for surgery unless it prevents my playing without more severe pain. I may try the cortisone shots first, which reportedly can work if sometimes requiring multiple treatments but often not permanent. I have not seen a specialist yet. These remedies (with the exception of non pharmaceutical/natural-pathic ones) were recommended by my doctor. I also think if I could get off the low dose of statins I am taking, it might reverse this and other inflammation related symptoms, from what I’ve read about side effects.
All this time I thought I was making music; it was making me.
2015 Steve Ganz "Solidarity"
1980 Dauphin D30
1962 Fender pre-CBS P-Bass
National Triolian Uke ca.1930
Almost as many fly rods as guitars