Trigger Finger & Your Daily Activities
Trigger finger, appropriately known as “Stenosing tenosynovitis,” is a condition that causes your fingers to get stuck in a bent or straight position. This condition can render you unable to perform daily tasks effectively and cause pain (especially during driving or typing). It’s time to explore treatment options if your trigger finger is affecting your daily activities. Here are some of the most popular and effective ways to correct this condition.
Repetitive motions are usually the culprit for Trigger Finger, especially if you have existing disorders such as arthritis or diabetes. Resting the affected finger (s) is the first thing you should do upon experiencing the symptoms of this condition. This is often enough to relieve your pain and get your hand back to normal.
If your job heavily involves hand use, you may need to take a few days to a few weeks off from work. To protect your affected finger, you may also use a splint. Doing this keeps your finger from moving and aggravating your condition, especially at night.
It’s recommended to perform gentle exercises in conjunction with rest and splinting. This will help prevent stiffness and recover your finger’s range of motion.
Some examples of movements you can do a few times a day to improve your condition include:
- Hold the affected finger below the uppermost joint
- Try to bend the finger’s tip without moving the bottom parts
- Place a rubber band around your fingers
- Open your fingers until you feel resistance from the rubber band
- Then, close your fingers and repeat
- Hold a small ball, roughly the size of a tennis ball, at the palm of your hand
- Squeeze it with your fingers for about five seconds, release, and repeat
Apply gentle pressure on the joint to massage your affected finger. Doing this helps relieve inflammation by encouraging blood circulation. You can massage your joints before and after performing your hand exercises.
If at-home solutions fail to improve your condition, you need to consult with your doctor about more advanced treatment options. Depending on your overall health and underlying comorbidities, surgery may be necessary.
During the procedure, your orthopedic surgeon will make an incision in your tendon sheath. Doing so widens the space around your tendon, allowing it to glide through more easily. You should be able to move, bend, and straighten your affected finger with ease after you recover from the simple operation.
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The advice and information contained in this article are for educational purposes only and are not intended to replace or counter a physician’s advice or judgment. Please always consult your physician before taking any advice learned here or other educational medical material.