Isn't that arthritis? Or you have messed up joints. Last time I saw that it was this older clarinet student who had messed up his fingers from too much basketball. Like his pinkie fingers would get locked. He said it was a medical issue.
Stenosing tenovaginitis(trigger finger) is rather common. A flexor tendon may become trapped at the entrance to its sheath; on forced extension it passes the constriction with a snap( triggering). The usual cause is thickening of fibrous tendon sheath( often following local trauma or unaccustomed activity), well but a similar hold-up may occur in rheumatoid tenosynovitis.
Early cases may be cured by an injection of methylprednisolone 0.5-1 ml placed at the entrance of tendon sheath(quite easy)
Refactory cases need operation with the fibrous sheath incised, allowing the tendon to move freely.
Soprano is 100% correct. I have had several trigger fingers, several injections and one surgery. You should consult an experienced hand specialist, one who treats trigger finger many times a week, and get treatment. In Philadelphia, at the Rothman Institute, they have found that 80% of people who get two injections six weeks apart are cured--the rest (including me) need surgery. You can play within a week after the surgery (a half inch cut just below the finger in the palm).
If these are your symptons; you have a trigger finger.
When you wake in the morning the finger is bend ( clawed)
You have to manually grab it and work it straight again; and it hurts like hell.
Gets better during the day because you work with it, but still hurts.
Need a small incision inside the palm in order to release one on the tendon sheets, ( the wrapping that goes over the tendon)
there are several of them.
Had it done to one a few years ago, it's fine now.
About a year ago, I got trigger finger in both middle fingers but it never bothered sax or clarinet playing. Once in a while it bothered when I did an unusual grip on something. By now, they have mostly gone away with no lasting effects.
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