Log house apprentice - hand joint pains - share your experience
I am a 24 year-old apprentice to a small historical restoration company. I started this work in July. We are putting back together a log house in central Pennsylvania right now. My hands, especially the middle finger joint past the knuckle (I see it's called the proximal interphalangeal joint) and the pinky knuckle hurt everyday now. In the mornings I can't straighten the middle finger of my striking hand! I am young and never had problems with joints and bones other than once in my hip joint when I ran 4 miles with out building up to it. My hand pains must be caused by all the mallet pounding and lumber lifting. Has anybody experienced this, and how did you deal with it? How long did it take for you to heal, and did you change the way you hold tools or added soft grips to tools? I am taking off from work for a week in hopes of letting the hands heal. One of my friends, 26 years-old, told me to get gel-padded gloves and take dietary supplements glucosamine / chondroitan. I am going to see a specialist, but I would like to hear other peoples' experience with the injury.