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I have been having this constant pain in my left index finger joint. To be more precise, in my proximal inter-phalangeal joint. There is no swelling but the pain has been on and off for a while, coming up only when I stress my finger use. The stress is only by playing guitar. I tend to use all my fingers with equal pressure and yet it's only been my index finger that is constantly under pain. I don't think I injured my index finger by any means, so it'd be helpful if I could sort of put my finger on the problem :) :D i.e., if the reason could be pointed out.

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replied October 16th, 2011
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Hello and welcome to e health forum.

At your age, there are no major issues like arthritis, etc, to cause pain or difficulty with movements.

The most likely cause of your pain would be stress on the tendons of your index finger.

A few days of rest with placement of splint, to allow proper and complete healing would be very helpful.

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