We use our hands and fingers on an almost constant basis. Whether it’s typing on a computer at work, cooking in the kitchen, or texting friends and family, our hands are always in use. Unfortunately, there are a variety of conditions and injuries that our hands and fingers are suspectable to – one of which is trigger finger.
What is Trigger Finger?
Trigger finger is a musculoskeletal condition that causes a finger to get stuck in a bent position. You may be able to straighten the finger with force, which can cause you to feel a snapping sensation. Trigger finger can occur in one or multiple fingers on the same hand. The biggest cause of trigger finger is overuse. Any occupation, hobby, or habit that causes you to repetitively use your hands and fingers, particularly in gripping motions, increases the risk of trigger finger. This condition is likely to get worse without treatment, eventually leading to the full inability to straighten the affected finger.
Trigger finger develops when the protective sheath around a finger’s tendon continuously becomes inflamed (due to overuse), which leads to scarring, thickening of tissue, and the formation of lumps in the tendon. These structural changes can make it difficult for the tendon and other components of the finger to work properly, leading to trigger finger.
Tips for Dealing With Trigger Finger
If you have trigger finger and want to find relief, here are 4 tried and true methods to try. If these methods do not bring you relief, you should see an orthopedic hand specialist for further treatment. Trigger finger can be treated by a doctor in a variety of ways, from non-invasive treatments to surgery. If you want to try some at-home methods for relief first, give these a try:
Rest The initial cause of trigger finger is usually the overuse of the finger. That’s why resting your finger – especially from activities that involve bending it – can help ease inflammation and allow symptoms to subside. Rest is usually recommended for the initial stages of trigger finger, and it is not so effective once the condition is severe.
Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs (NSAIDs) Over-the-counter NSAIDs can be useful for trigger finger pain relief, as they can help reduce inflammation. They are usually safe drugs but shouldn’t be taken long-term. Occasional use is recommended, however, if your symptoms are consistent, talk to a doctor about other treatment options.
Physical Therapy Exercises and stretches can strengthen your hand’s structures and improve range of motion and function. Your doctor may be able to recommend specific activities for you to do at home, or you may see a physical therapist for one-on-one sessions.
Splinting Using a splint is a useful way to keep the finger in proper position and prevent it from bending. This allows the affected area to rest and offers finger stabilization for healing.
Hand and Wrist Doctor in Miami and Plantation, FL
If you’re searching for safe and effective treatment options for trigger finger or another hand or arm condition or injury, you’ve come to the right place. The expert staff at The Orthopaedic Hand and Arm Center can diagnose, treat, and prevent a variety of hand and arm-related ailments.
Our very own Dr. Tosca Kinchelow is a board-certified and fellowship-trained orthopedic surgeon who routinely treats all types of hand, wrist, and arm problems. Dr. Kinchelow can assess your case and formulate a treatment plan based on your unique needs. To schedule an appointment, please call us today at (888) 908-9036 or fill out our appointment request form online.