What is Trigger Finger?
Trigger finger is also known as stenosing tenosynovitis. It is a condition in which one of your fingers or thumb locks in a bent position when you try to bend or straighten it. The fingers catching and locking results in pain, stiffness, and difficulty with opening the hand. In severe cases, it may become permanent, and you can lose the ability to elongate your finger.
How does it happen?
Trigger Finger is the result of inflammation in the sheath that surrounds the tendon of the particular finger, narrowing the space within the sheath. This makes the normal gliding motion of the tendon difficult, resulting in decreased mobility of the finger.
Injections, surgery, and natural cure for trigger finger are common. Due to its ease of use and quick results, the Trigger Finger Wand is typically the preferred at-home trigger finger treatment method.
Why is trigger finger so common?
- Excessive Hand Use:
People who have hobbies or professions in which they have to use their hands excessively or repetitively grip things are more likely to suffer from trigger finger. The repetitive movement or forceful use of the hand is likely the culprit.
- Other Medical Conditions:
Sometimes trigger finger is a byproduct of other medical conditions a person may be suffering from, such as diabetes or rheumatoid arthritis. Having Dupuytren’s Contracture also increases risk.
- Result of Surgery:
In some cases, a surgical procedure for carpal tunnel syndrome results in the development of a trigger finger and is more likely to appear in the first six months after surgery.
The above mentioned are some of the common reasons that are responsible for causing a trigger finger.
In most cases, the trigger finger affects only one finger but can be possible that several other fingers may also get affected. In general, Trigger finger often causes pain and stiffness. The need for trigger finger treatment is because if it doesn’t get treated, the affected finger could become permanently bent and will make performing the daily activities difficult.