If your finger or thumb “locks” in a bent position then suddenly pops back out when you try to straighten it– like a trigger on a gun- you may have Trigger Finger. Trigger finger or Trigger Thumb is inflammation of the tissue that surrounds the tendons in your fingers. This inflammation can cause symptoms such as pain, stiffness, limit your movement and ultimately make it hard to straighten your finger. If you experience these symptoms you may be looking for treatment options to answer the question – what can I do about my trigger finger?
Causes of Trigger Finger
Causes of trigger finger aren’t always clear, but certain health conditions such as arthritis and diabetes are known to be associated with it. Repetitive activities that require repeated gripping or pinching, such as playing a musical instrument or using hand tools can also cause it.
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The treatments for trigger finger include taking anti-inflammatory medicines like aspirin or ibuprofen, wearing a finger splint that limits how much the finger can bend, or getting a cortisone injection from your doctor. Sometimes, all 3 methods can be combined to try and stop the triggering. If wearing a splint and cortisone injections fail to stop the problem, surgery may be needed to remove the inflamed or scarred tissues and free up the tendon.
There are a variety of finger splints available, with the best option being a splint that prevents the finger from bending to the point where it triggers, but still allows you to use your hand. By limiting how far the finger bends, the tendon is less likely to get “caught” and has the chance to rest and heal.
Oval-8 Finger Splints are a great solution as they can be worn to prevent the finger from bending all the way, but still allow your hand to move. Lightweight and easy to wear, they have narrow bands and rounded edges for maximum comfort. (Now Available in Oval-8 CLEAR for a finger splint that blends in on any hand.) The open air design help fingers stay clean and dry and they can be worn day and night without tape or straps. If you have pain or tenderness in the palm they can be cushioned with a Gel Tube to prevent pressure over the tendon.
Oval-8 splints can also be used after a cortisone shot to allow the finger to rest and the injection to be fully effective.Like what you’ve read? Click here to subscribe to the blog!
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6 comments on “What Can I Do About My Trigger Finger?”
Thanks for such a great video. I downloaded the PDF for the different ways to use the splinter, but there is no sizing guide.
I had bought a size 8 one some weeks ago, but it seems it was a bit tight even though it didn’t seem so at the moment. My finger has swollen since then. I am small (150 cm) and also my hands, so I was surprised these splinters are so small.
Can you kindly share the direct link for the sizing? Thanks in advance!
The Oval-8 Finger Splint Guide is a helpful resource and has everything you need to know about how to choose, fit and wear the Oval-8. If after measuring you are unsure of your exact size, we recommend the Oval-8 Graduated Set. Graduated Sets come with 3 consecutive sizes to accommodate swelling and differences in finger measurements. If we can be of further assistance, please don’t hesitate to reach out to our customer service team. They are always happy to assist with product or sizing questions.
Thanks the information was very helpful
Well, describe, informative………..
I just received my Oval 8 splint for my trigger finger. I studied how to wear it and have put it on. But I can’t figure out how many hours a day or night it should be worn. I also want to know how many days to wear it. Do you ever take it off?
While we are not medical professionals and are unable to provide you with medical advice, we can provide some guidelines for you to consider. How much you wear your Oval-8 finger splint depends on when you generally experience the triggering and how severe your triggering is.
• If your finger tends to be stuck in a bent position at night, you may consider wearing it during sleep.
• If you experience your finger sticking or triggering during daily activities, consider wearing it through the day.
• If you have problems with your finger popping or getting stuck during the day and at night, consider wearing it full time.
It is important to wear the splint until the triggering stops completely when the splint is removed. If you wear the splint consistently and the triggering does not improve after 2 to 3 weeks of wear, please consider discussing your problem with your healthcare provider or a Hand Surgery specialist as soon as possible. I hope this helps answer your questions.