I would like to open up a discussion. Tips for playing without killing your hands. So to start it off here we go.
1.) Find an easy scale or riff that you can move up and down the neck. Play slow then progress faster.
2.) Make sure you clean your strings after you are done playing. A little lemon oil, pick some up at the grocery store, can go along way. It is good for your fret-board as well.
3.) Make sure your guitar is setup properly. $30.00 at your local guitar shop can work wonders.
4.) Don't play with strings that are to heavy. start with 9's, if you break them doing bends, get some 10's (will require a new setup / 30 bucks)
5.) When your fingers get sore and start to get callouses, soak your finger tips in vinegar.