Become a Member

Get access to more than 30 brands, premium video, exclusive content, events, mapping, and more.

Already have an account? Sign In

Become a Member

Get access to more than 30 brands, premium video, exclusive content, events, mapping, and more.

Already have an account? Sign In

Brands

Injuries and Medical Advice

Fingers: Electrostimulation

I've heard of people using shock therapy for finger injuries. Would you recommend this? If so, where can I get the equipment?

Lock Icon

Unlock this article and unwrap savings this holiday season.

Already have an Outside Account? Sign in

Outside+ Logo

Now 30% Off.
$4.99/month $3.49/month*

Get the one subscription to fuel all your adventures.


  • Map your next adventure with our premium GPS apps: Gaia GPS Premium and Trailforks Pro.
  • Read unlimited digital content from 15+ brands, including Outside Magazine, Triathlete, Ski, Trail Runner, and VeloNews.
  • Watch 600+ hours of endurance challenges, cycling and skiing action, and travel documentaries.
  • Learn from the pros with expert-led online courses.
Join Outside+

*Outside memberships are billed annually. Print subscriptions available to U.S. residents only. You may cancel your membership at anytime, but no refunds will be issued for payments already made. Upon cancellation, you will have access to your membership through the end of your paid year. More Details

I’ve heard of people using shock therapy for finger injuries. Would you recommend this? If so, where can I get the equipment?

BRAD DALLEFELD | Bloomington, IL

Shock therapy?! Where do I get the equipment? Gold. First, though, add the Burn Unit to your list of emergency numbers.

Might I suggest that banging bulls’ horns together while bathing in a tub full of dead sardines and chanting Whitney Houston refrains would be more therapeutic? Call me out of touch, but the last time I heard of shock therapy outside of the green walls of an asylum was when medicos did not require insurance and guinea pigs weren’t nervous.

Does it strike anybody as odd that electricity could have so many therapeutic applications? Laser, ultrasound, vibrators, the list is endless. (In a rare combination of vision and blind stupidity, the vibrator was originally used by doctors in the late 1800s to alleviate female hysteria).

Suffice to say, electricity is not as versatile as you might think given the ubiquity of zappo medicine. Very few finger injuries cannot be placated with a little stretching, altered climbing habits and/or felicitous rest (among other home remedies, namely ice cream and fast cars).

RELATED ARTICLES

Arthritis

Blown Tendons

Cortisone and Tendon Injuries

Cracked Fingertips

Finger Cysts

Finger Cysts and Pain

De Quervains Tenosynovitis

Flappers

Grip Position and Injury

Hyper-Extended Finger

NSAID Treatment

Finger Numbness

Pinky Finger Pain

Finger Stiffness and Soreness

Finger Taping Truths

Torn A2 Finger Pulley

Torn A3 and A4 Finger Pulleys

Trigger Thumb Syndrome

Trigger Finger Syndrome