LOS ANGELES TRIGGER FINGER THERAPY
What is trigger finger?
Trigger finger, sometimes referred to as stenosing tenosynovitis, is an inflammation of tissue inside your fingers or thumb causing difficulty to straighten after making a fist. The fingers/thumb feel like they get locked in a bent position. The fingers may stay curled and then suddenly pop to a straight position, or may require the other hand to straighten. It is less common for the finger/thumb to get locked in a straightened position, but it can occur. The thumb is affected most often, then the ring finger, middle finger, little finger and index finger in that order.
What are the symptoms of trigger finger?
When a finger or thumb ‘triggers’, it feels like the finger/thumb is locked in a bent position and will only snap open with force. Symptoms of trigger finger may include associated pain, soreness, stiffness, swelling, and tenderness, or lump in the palm. A chronic trigger finger can also experience loss of motion.
What causes trigger finger?
Inflammation can occur for various reasons but often the cause is unknown. Trigger finger has been associated with rheumatoid arthritis, dupuytren’s disease, diabetes mellitus, and repetitive trauma. Repetitive trauma could be from direct pressure to the palm area or cumulative irritation by forceful continual motion of the finger muscles while gripping (like holding a tool with a tight grip)
Who most commonly gets trigger finger?
Trigger finger occurs more often with women compared to men. It is more commonly found in middle age, ranging from 40-60 years of age.
What are nonsurgical treatment options for trigger finger?
If the symptoms are detected early, rest and avoidance of repetitive activities can help alleviate the risk of a trigger finger developing. Most often the symptoms are ignored until there is significant pain, loss of motion and locking. Patients that seek medical attention are often referred for hand therapy for nonsurgical management of trigger finger.
Los Angeles Trigger Finger Therapy
For individuals seeking a therapist in Los Angeles for trigger finger, it is highly recommended to consult with a Certified Hand Therapist (CHT). A therapist (either physical or occupational therapy) that has pursued advanced training to become a CHT can perform a thorough individual evaluation and create a treatment plan that will optimize recovery. They are highly skilled in various techniques and can customize a rehabilitation program that is most appropriate for your specialized hand needs. They can fabricate custom splints or apply non-invasive modalities to help reduce inflammation. Hand therapists can also provide appropriate exercises for flexibility, additional techniques for reducing swelling, as well as extensive education for activity modification and ergonomics.
When symptoms do not improve, steroid injection or surgery can be considered.