Trigger Finger

Trigger finger is a condition that causes pain, stiffness and a sensation of locking or catching when you bend and straighten your finger. It is clinically known as stenosing tenosynovitis.

The ring finger and thumb are most often affected though it can occur in the other fingers too. It is also, more common in women than men.

You might be wondering what causes the trigger finger.

Sometimes the cause of trigger finger might not be known. Other times, one of the following factors might be responsible:

  • Certain medical conditions: People with diabetes and rheumatoid arthritis are at a high risk of developing trigger finger.
  • Finger overuse: People who carry out a lot of activities with their hands, especially activities that require forceful use of the fingers and thumb like gripping tools or machinery.
  • Contact friction: The repeated use of power tools that vibrate in the hand can lead to trigger finger.

Symptoms of trigger

Here are some symptoms of trigger finger

  • Pain when you bend and straighten the finger.
  • Catch or locking sensation with finger movement.
  • Tender lump at the base of the finger on the palm side of the hand.
  • Stiffness and locking of the finger, which is worse in the morning and after periods of inactivity.

Self-care for trigger finger

Sometimes, trigger finger resolves on its own without any intervention.

However, here are some measures you can take to resolve it yourself.

  • Rest: Avoiding activities that make it worse and resting your hand.
  • Splinting: Strapping the finger with a splint to keep it straight and reduce movement.
  • Exercise: Gentle stretching exercise to the wrist and fingers can improve the movement of the finger.

We can help with this condition at Effective Physiotherapy and Fitness Clinic. Book an appointment when you have any form of sprain, strain or dislocation. Call +234 811 885 6060 or +234 909 860 4470

Visit us at No 2 D, Ajumgobia Close, opposite con oil, Kado Estate, Abuja, FCT

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