Hi, my name is Steve Nichipor, I'm a professional mountain guide with Bretton Woods Ski Resort, and I'm going to show you finger problems when rock climbing. Fingers are the main body part that contacts the rock when climbing, so it's not surprising that they can sustain multiple types of injuries from rock climbing. The most common type of finger problems from climbing are over-use injuries. These are usually tendon and ligament strains. Unfortunately, these injuries are very slow to heal, so prevention is far better than treatment. The best way to prevent strains and sprains of fingers is to back off when you're getting close to the point of injury, especially on roots with lots of finger crimps, you'll want to ease into it and not push yourself too far beyond what you've trained for over time. If you develop a finger injury from climbing, the first thing to do is rest. This is hard for climbers who got injured in the first place because they like to push themselves on hard climbs, but it is important, or you will have to take even more time off from climbing. If your injury doesn't heal on it's own, you'll want to see a doctor for more treatment options. Other common finger problems from climbing are cuts and abrasions. This can result from dry skin from too much chalk or an abrasion on tough rock. For dry skin, putting a lotion on your skin that helps it heal after you're done climbing, and especially at night, will help prevent and heal cracks and dryness. If you're climbing on rough rock and getting lots of cuts, you may want to tape your fingers and hands with medical tape to protect it from sharp rocks.