After a recent jam session, where among 3 drummers, I nonetheless got some significant playing time, my right hand was pretty sore the next day: in my ring finger and palm. I do have what one MD said was the start of Dupuytren's contracture, though the degree of bend in that digit isn't that great-yet. This finger was also broken in the late 80s playing basketball. There are some remedies, which we will look into, including Xiaflex injections, which can help break up the hard tissue at the base of the finger where it meets the palm. Currently, I have a V-shaped callous there, which may or may not be Dupuytren's. The other part of this equation is stick selection. Have been playing some Vater Sugar Maple Fusions over the past few months. I'm thinking however, that maybe I need to switch to a Hickory version of that stick, or perhaps go to a 5B or something close to it? I like the Vaters because they leave more moisture in their woods, which is quite helpful, particularly in dryer climates. I'm thinking the larger/heavier stick might help absorb more shock and prevent soreness. Any thoughts?