Rock Climbing Injury Rehab and Prevention
The muscle in the shoulders and upper back are responsible for pulling a rock climber up those steep cliff faces. Their legs and toes push and grab, and their fingers grip small places tightly. That means these areas are all prone to injury during a climb that can be painful and dangerous!
- Finger injuries
- Rotator Cuff injuries
- Dislocated shoulders
Rock climbers can also develop overuse injuries in the elbows and shoulders, such as swelling and tendonitis. But by far, the most common rock climbing injuries are those that affect the fingers. Called “Pulley Tears”, these are tears of the tendons that operate your fingers. If a rock climber injures the tendon that runs from the elbow to the finger, it can result in numbness and an inability to bend the joints in their fingers. This can affect their ability to grip handholds securely, and may require a specialist.
The best way to handle injuries is to try and avoid them by taking good care of your body. A physical therapist can help you identify muscle imbalances and correct them. If you are already struggling with pain or injury, they are the best choice to guide you to recovery and show you how to prevent re-injury. Get back to doing what you love to do – contact any of our clinics for a free injury screening.
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