I had NA from Dr. Eaton on 2-11-05. The nodules were still quite prominant 6 months after so at Eaton's advice, I had my local CHS inject them again in mid August. He, by the way, was impressed with the results but not enough to mention NA to the 80 year old Scotsman (complete with a brrrr) in the next room. As he was taping his comments at the end of my visit he mentioned my pinky being slightly bent. I responded that it was fractured many years ago and still looks a bit out of line. It was just within the last week that I realized that I was in denial. The PIP joint of the pinky is bent about 30 degrees.
A post from Jeannie on 1-16-04 says, "also read on Dr. Eaton’s site that surgery is best for PIP DC, which was reassuring". However, I just checked his website and Eaton says, "Contractures which only affect the PIP joint are the most likely to recur after treatment, especially in the pinky finger. They may be treated with either needle aponeurotomy or surgery". I also wonder if these contractures are more or less likely to recur after NA as opposed to surgery. I plan to ask him.
I had two fingers released just 2 months ago in Toronto, Canada. I have a large nodule right below my pip joint in the pinkie finger. The ring finger responded very well to the NA procedure, but the pinkie did not. It still wanted to bend at the PIP joint. I feel as well that the large nodule on the pinkie is hampering the straigtening of that particular finger. I tried a cortisone injection, with my local family doctor just yesterday. Remains to be seen if this nodule will shrink at all. I am having another corisone shot in six weeks, on his advice. My pinkie finger is back at 30 degrees, only after two months. It's very frustrating. I have a five hour flight to get to Toronto for a repeat NA. I don't want to go back so soon. So I'll wait and see if the cortizone helps. Anyone else have a nodule right on the finger itself? I have 3 on the palm, but they are not large and do not trouble me at all. But the pinkie finger one is tender and large and gets in the way all the time in my work.