What is trigger finger?

Trigger finger occurs when there is inflammation in the tendon sheath which narrows the space required for the flexor tendon to glide during finger movement. This condition is also known as stenosing tenosynovitis.

Trigger finger can cause these symptoms:

  • Pain in the palm at the base of the affected finger

  • A bump at the base of the affected finger

  • Catching or snapping sensation during finger movements

  • Finger is locked in bent position and unable to straighten

  • Finger stiffness

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risk factors of trigger finger

Repetitive gripping activity can increase swelling and irritation to the tendon sheath.

Repetitive gripping activity can increase swelling and irritation to the tendon sheath.

Age and gender - trigger finger is more common in women between ages 40-60

Age and gender - trigger finger is more common in women between ages 40-60

Other medical condition people who have osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, carpal tunnel syndrome, and diabetes have higher risk

Other medical condition people who have osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, carpal tunnel syndrome, and diabetes have higher risk

Injury Prevention:

  • Avoid repetitive grasping & releasing of the hand

  • Avoid sustained grip

  • Purchase work tools/writing tools with enlarged grip size

  • Alternate hands during activities if possible

  • Minimize repetition and rest arm occasionally during repetitive activity

  • Use a light grip on tools, pens and the mouse

How hand therapy can help:

  • Symptom management techniques to reduce discomfort

  • Modalities to facilitate the healing process

  • Orthotics to provide rest and prevent symptom aggravation

  • Recommendations to modify gripping activities

  • Recommendations for ergonomic equipment

  • Individualized home exercise program designed to restore function

Are you experiencing any of these symptoms? Contact us today to schedule an evaluation.