Trigger Finger, or Stenosing Tenosynovitis, is a condition where the affected finger gets stuck in a bent position. It occurs when the tendon that moves the finger becomes swollen and unable to move freely. Prevention exercises are important in order to trigger finger. Strengthening and stretching of the wrists and fingers can help reduce the risk of developing trigger finger. If you already have it, resting your hand is important as well as regular stretching of your fingers and wrists. If you experience persistent pain from trigger finger, consult with a doctor for further treatment options such as splinting or corticosteroid injections for more severe cases.
To treat trigger finger, it is important to rest and keep the affected finger in a straight position as much as possible. It may also be helpful to try and prevent any further strain on the fingers or hand with regular stretching and range of motion exercises. A reminder to keep your hand in a neutral position throughout the day can also help.
The best way to treat trigger finger is to strengthen the affected finger and its surrounding muscles. Finger exercises can help alleviate symptoms, such as trying to move the affected finger in a bent position and then gently pushing it back into its original position. You can also try stretching your thumb by placing an elastic band around it and gently stretching your thumb away from the other fingers. This will help to relax the muscles of the affected finger. With regular exercise, trigger finger may be alleviated or reduced in intensity, so it is important to try these exercises as part of a long-term plan for treatment.
If the trigger finger is bad, simple hand stretches can help alleviate symptoms. Mild cases of trigger finger can often be managed with regular stretching and exercise, but in more severe cases a corticosteroid injection may be necessary. Symptoms of trigger finger include tenderness and swelling at the base of the affected finger, as well as a clicking or snapping sensation when bending or straightening it out. Sometimes pain flares up when using the affected finger, so it is important to try stretching to reduce this. Treatment for trigger finger depends on its severity – if it’s mild then simple hand stretches may suffice; however, if symptoms persist then seeking medical advice regarding a corticosteroid injection is recommended.
Local injections of steroid drugs, such as cortisone, can help reduce inflammation and irritation around the joint.
Alternatively, anti-inflammatory medications such as naproxen sodium or ibuprofen (Motrin IB or Advil) may also be prescribed to help manage the pain and swelling associated with trigger finger. However, it’s important not to take any drug without consulting a physician first, so that they can determine what’s best for you. If these nonsurgical methods don’t work then surgery may be needed.
Trigger finger is a condition where the thumb or another finger gets stuck in a bent position and then pops straight with a sudden jerking motion. The best way to treat trigger finger is to first try counter medications such as ibuprofen and other non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) to reduce inflammation. If the mild symptoms don’t improve, your doctor may prescribe stronger inflammatory medication or drugs. Applying heat on the palm side of your affected hand can also help ease stiffness and pain, as well as stretching exercises.