The story behind that yo-yo finger angiogram you've probably seen


#1

“Angiogram showing damaged/decreases vascular tissue in the index finger of a yo-yo master.”

This does keep popping up all over the web as a viral image… and courtesy @DocPop there’s an video explainer with Dazzling Dave Schulte about it!

TL;DR there was a vasiospasm in the finger that was blocking off the blood flow.

He went on blood thinners, but the side effects were quite bad so he quit after a while. The good news is that this seemed to fix the blockage, and his finger got back to normal.

“If I took another angiogram it’d probably be much, much better.”

It wasn’t like yo-yos regularly damage your finger this way… the way he describes it, it was the yo-yo returning to his hand really hard over and over that the doctor said could trigger it.

Also note that he puts the string on the other finger…

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… so the problem finger wasn’t the one with the string on it.

I’m wondering if anyone else has experienced tendonitis or RSI or recurring finger pain from yo-yos?


(shubham) #2

As we continuously perform throws the string becomes harder and harder at the finger. so I always lose it or remove the loop to make it looser. I think palm rotations help in continuous blood flow.


(shubham) #3

Why in that pic I see less nerves on that finger?


({John15}) #4

Yoyo finger angiogram- EXPOSED


#5

The x-ray takes a picture of bloodflow, not nerve fibers.


(Mk1 Yoyos) #6

Those are blood vessels, not nerves. Dave had vasoconstriction (constricted blood vessels) that restricted blood flow.


(Ethan Phelps) #7

So what’s the conclusion?


#8

Conclusion: just because you play yo-yo a ton doesn’t mean that will happen to your finger. It was specific to his body and situation, and he made a more or less full recovery with the blood thinners.


(Ethan Phelps) #9

Ok, plus it is hard to believe him as the only side affects we get are pain when the finger is getting used to it, after it’s just a small area where the string rest and for some a slightly fattened part of the finger in front


#10

However, he did say his finger was numb and started to turn purple. If you EVER have symptoms anything like that with your hand or fingers DEFINITELY go to a doctor ASAP!! :woman_health_worker:


(Ethan Phelps) #11

Yep, that would be because of their being no blood flow


(From the cranky old folks home) #12

So why would he make a false statement? He plays much more frequently than you ever will so…


(Ethan Phelps) #13

idk It’s just that world class people don’t have problems


(Ethan Phelps) #14

Also because the problem is on his index finger


#15

I have carpal tunnel and some repetitive stress induced tendinitis, but both are less of an issue since I throw stalls all the time lol. They flare up when I throw harder but small price to pay?


(From the cranky old folks home) #16

Note that the injury is not from the string but the impact of catching the yoyo…


#17

I’ve had my yoyo return and hit my index finger at the right spot that it goes numb from the pain.