This is going to sound strange but have got a kind of irrational desire to force my finger to bend. Its my right forefinger (I'm right handed) and it hasn't bent fully now since last September. I do all my hand exercises daily and the little one on left hand is the same - and a few others are very stiff now despite all the work i do on them. I know it's silly because it's only fingers but it really frustrates me that I can't get to bend all the way - even being fairly forceful. My physio said that if I can't get it to bend soon (and this was before Xmas) then it would never bend properly again. I believe this is due to tendonitis in the knuckles below but haven't quite understood it and have no more physio or GP visits lined up and no rheumy appt or rheumy nurse to ask either so wonder if anyone can tell me. What would actually happen if I forced it down- apart from shed loads of pain that is? Sometimes I think it might be the only way to remedy this problem finger but don't want to do anything completely stupid?