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. 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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