Ulnar drift

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jennylynn
jennylynn Member Posts: 101
edited 19. Jan 2011, 11:40 in Living with Arthritis archive
Good afternoon everyone!!

i'm not sure if everyone is familiar with ulnar drift, but i have developed some arthritis in a couple of my fingers (i have PA but they are undecided as to whether or not this is OA - just to add to my list!)
My physiotherapist has given me some exercises and i have been doing them, but there is a specific exercise that she showed me for ulnar drift that has caused some inflammation on my palm, it sounds daft but feels like i can feel all the movements of my middle finger (am i cracking up?!)
I just wondered if anyone else had any experience of this? not sure whether to stop the exercises or not?! :sad:


Jennyx
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  • tjt6768
    tjt6768 Member Posts: 12,170
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
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    Hi Jenny, not heard of that, could you ring the physio maybe and ask for some advice...??

    Best of luck

    :grin:
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  • dreamdaisy
    dreamdaisy Member Posts: 31,520
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
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    Ooooh, it's a new one on me too, jennylynn, I think Tony is on the right track: ring someone and ask. I always think that exercises are supposed to be beneficial, not painful - if it's hurting whilst you're doing it then it's either the wrong exercise or it's being done wrong. A pleasant 'ache' after is fine, but what you are describing isn't. Ask 'em, see what they say. Take care. DD
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  • barbara12
    barbara12 Member Posts: 21,281
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
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    Hi Jenny
    Sorry I cant help, but like Tony say ring your physio, I am sure people are ringing them all the time for advice.
    Good luck with it, and I do hope it improves for you.
    Barbara x
    Love
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  • dorcas
    dorcas Member Posts: 3,516
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
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    Hi Jenny,

    I agree with what others have said... if you're in any doubt about whether the exercises are helping or hindering then I'm sure the physio won't mind you phoning in for advice. :wink:

    let us know how you get on.

    Iris xxx


    ps... is the exercise the one where you have to put your hand on the table and then 'walk' each finger away from the ulnar side of the hand and back again? (one of the exercises I've been doing for a while now)
  • jennylynn
    jennylynn Member Posts: 101
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
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    thanks everyone, i have emailed my clinical trial nurse to check with her (not allowed to have a full course of physio because of the trial drug - so to be honest not sure if i am supposed to be doing the exercises!) if she says i should stop then i will.
    Iris - thats the exercise i'm talking about! i'm wondering if i have perhaps been pushing it too hard, the other finger strengthening methods dont seem quite so sore after.

    Thank you, as usual its one of those things where you just have to get a second opinion.

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  • tjt6768
    tjt6768 Member Posts: 12,170
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
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    that's one of the many that i am supposed to be doing :oops: :shock:
    I forget to do them, gotta admit, that one and the other one i have to do where you put the backs of your hands together and bring your elbows down are my least favourite of them all :roll:

    hope you get a response soon hun :grin:
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  • janie68
    janie68 Member Posts: 1,186
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
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    Jenny

    I was given that exercise to do too, got the ulnar drift in my right hand worse. It does hurt me and to be honest, I don't do it as often as I should. Perhaps just do it once a day? See if that helps, Sounds as though you may have pulled a ligament in your hand, but you are wise to get more advice from physio.

    Hope you get sorted

    Janie
  • julie47
    julie47 Member Posts: 6,041
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
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    hi jenny how are your hands today? and have you had a reply to your email yet?
    If not I hope they get in touch soon
    Take care
    juliepf x
  • jennylynn
    jennylynn Member Posts: 101
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
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    Good afternoon everyone,

    Juliepf - my hands are feeling much better today thank you! As usual people on here do have some very wise words! i am trying to do the exercises too much so i have just to take a break from them and slowly build them into my routine.

    you know what its like! someone tells you that a specific exercise will prevent something and you get a bit too over enthusiastic about it. I rely on my dexterity for my job so am always very conscious of any changes to my finger joints (so far only my right hand is affected)
    hopefully it will feel better soon so i can (slowly!) start the exercises again. :grin:

    Thank you, its always nice to know that people care - and understand! i suspect that the novelty of the exercises will more than likely wear off :grin::grin:

    Jennyx
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  • dorcas
    dorcas Member Posts: 3,516
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
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    Hi Jenny

    glad your hands are feeling a bit better today. :grin:

    From one handsy to another..do those exercises when you can and you'll not go far wrong. :wink:

    best wishes..

    iris xxx