Am thinking about having my CMC joint replaced this winter as it is a pain in the *joint* paddling with a sore base of the thumb. Anyone had this surgery (any of the variations) and returned to paddling? Already had steroid shots, voltaren gel, icing: the less invasive criminals so am specifically asking about return to paddling: how long, rehab, successes, problems?
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I had surgical pinning of a Bennetts |
Posted by: ezwater on Oct-01-13 3:57 PM (EST)
fracture 40 years ago and it turned out well. But I don't know about joint replacement. Back then, replacement joints for digits were squidgy and insubstantial. So you want to ask about the ability of a replacement joint to take load and survive unexpected twisting.
if you go ahead with surgery........|
Posted by: bigspencer on Oct-01-13 6:00 PM (EST)
Might wanna give it time to heal totally and you want to go to a paddle with different sized/shaped shaft....essentially a different angle and hardness(again density) of wood against those bones/joint, at the particular points of contact.
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Posted by: rjd9999 on Oct-03-13 1:03 PM (EST)
except to say that I am sorry to hear about your condition. All the advice I could give has been said, find a paddle shaft/design which allows you to not put pressure in the injured area of the thumb. Possibly, changing your grip in conjunction with this may provide a bit more protection from injury, but there is a caveat there.
Very Sorry About the Pain|
Posted by: Kudzu on Oct-03-13 4:46 PM (EST)
No, I haven't had the surgery. I'm just thinking that some very padded gloves might help paddling during recovery. Best of luck.
Did you have the surgery? |
Posted by: nashvillechick on Aug-29-14 12:25 AM (EST)
I have the same issue and need the surgery, but am afraid to have it. I do kayak with full finger paddling gloves, which help. I've got a bad habit of gripping my paddle too tight, which I'm sure only makes things worse...working on changing that. I was out today using a friend's straight shaft paddle and noticed some new pain in my wrists and base of thumb, so will go back to a bent shaft. If you've had the surgery, I'd love to know how it and your recovery went!