Trigger finger is a painful condition caused by repetitive movement or frequent forceful use of the fingers or thumbs
This condition involves fingers or thumbs that lock into place when bent, making them difficult and painful to straighten out again. When affected digits do straighten, they snap or pop back into place like a trigger. In most cases, trigger finger will occur in the patient’s dominant hand and will affect the thumb, middle finger or ring finger. Summa Pain Care offers several different types of treatment for trigger finger to help manage the symptoms associated with this painful condition.
There are many different causes of trigger finger, but the most common are medical conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis, gout, hypothyroidism and diabetes; repetitive movements such as plucking or picking a guitar; and the repeated grasping of tools or other objects using a firm grip for an extended period of time. People with jobs or hobbies that require repetitive movements or forceful grasping of tools or other objects have a higher likelihood of developing trigger finger. Thus, workers such as farmers, factory workers, tradesmen, and musicians often develop trigger finger because of the nature of their jobs. In addition, women and people over the age of 40 are at a higher risk for developing this ailment.
Treatments for trigger finger may include splinting, finger exercises, anti-inflammatory pain relievers, steroid injections, and avoidance of activities that exacerbate the condition. For more information about the causes of painful conditions such as trigger finger, or to learn more about the types of pain treatments offered by Summa Pain Care, call 623.776.8686 today.