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Hoping some can help me figure out what to do about this.

Anyway, life brought about some changes for me, and now I live much closer to my home center than previously (no more 40 + minute drives in NY winters).  I plan to bowl one more league than I have been for the past few years given that I now am much closer to the center.  My cause for concern comes from constant knuckle joint pain in my bowling hand after about the second game.  I've bowled maybe four times this summer, and I'm chalking it up to not bowling every week, but the last time I was out, I was really throwing bad shots by the third and fourth games and just said screw it at that point.  

So you can see my concern here...how am I going to manage three times a week if I'm going to have constant joint pain in my hand during the third game of a set?  I've done some kind of epson salt soak before on my hand because of the pain.  I also have those copper infused glove things (got em on discount at Ollies when I was in there) and they make your hands warm when wearing.  I've seen the bowlers with the compression elbow and wrist things, so maybe there's some benefit to these things???


Any suggestions?  I've a month to prepare for my first league night and get my hand in better shape for the game.

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Go to the doctor and see if there's any physical reason for your pain.  You could be developing arthritis or something like that.

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Another option would be to take your equipment over to the pro shop and check to see if your hand has changed enough where the span isn't quite right now.
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Even if you have developed some arthritis, there could be something your ball driller could do with pitches and spans to alleviate the pain. 
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Definitely visit your pro shop (or possibly a different one). And it might be time to consider dropping down a pound in ball weight.
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My suspicion is an arthritis problem or something similar because the pain will happen every now and then when bowling isn't even involved.  My pro shop guy isn't in until late August so it'll be a spell to get anything fixed, but I'm seriously considering it because this is no fun.  Surprised this is happening at my age--I'm only 32. [redface]
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As you get older physical changes occur....I just deal with them and
do the best I can.


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Getting your fit remeasured is paramount. You never indicated your age, but we seniors tend to lose flexibility frequently. It could be something as simple as changing the finger pitches can alleviate your pain. If it doesn't, as a long-time arthiritis sufferer (when I get up in the morning, my body sounds like a bowl of Rice Krispies), I highly recommend taking Celebrex on a daily basis to handle the inflammation that causes the pain. Good luck.
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I've had hand problems over the years. I'm about to turn 58, been bowling since I was a young kid. I developed tendonitis at age 33. Well, actually I was 33 when I did something about it, I had been bowling with it for at least a year, and only did something because it hurt too much to even hold on to the ball. My adjustments then required a summer away from the game (I bowled year round), and a shorter span and a third finger hole for additional support so I could keep bowling. I wasn't about to quit the game and it took the better part of two seasons before I could bowl pain free. That, however, didn't last.

As you age you lose flexibility, and it takes longer to heal if you do any damage. What used to be a good fit when you were young isn't likely to remain a good fit forever. Any damage to the joints and muscles will linger, and you won't be able to recover from "normal" wear and tear due to stress. Medication may reduce swelling and ease the pain for a while, but if you are putting too much strain on the body the problems will remain. Over the years I've shortened my span 3 times, changed my finger and thumb pitches, gone from 16 pounds to 15, from using two fingers to three, back to two and back to three again. That may sound like a lot of changes, but I've always waited too long to make each adjustment, trying to bowl while hurting just a while longer because the pain really wasn't THAT bad, until it really was that bad. I guess my advice is don't be as stubborn as I am, don't fight it, just try to fix it. And don't be surprised if you have to make another change in a few years.
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