What is Trigger Finger?
Trigger finger or also known as “stenosing tenosynovitis” is a condition in which one of your finger gets stuck in a bent position. This condition will caused pain, stiff and a locking or snapping sensation when you bend and straighten your finger.
What cause trigger finger to occur?
- Medical condition: Trigger finger is more common in people with certain medical conditions, such diabetes mellitus and rheumatoid arthritis.
- Forceful hand activities: Trigger finger will most likely to occur due to repetitive and forceful use of the fingers and thumb.
What are the symptoms you may experience?
Symptoms of trigger finger also may occur without any injury. It may happen regarding of frequent hand use, particularly in pinching and grasping activities.
- Tender lump at the base of the finger.
- A catching, popping or locking sensation with finger movement.
- Pain when you bend or straighten the finger.
- Stiff hand, especially when you wake up in the morning.
- In severe case, the fingers may locked in a bend position.
How can physiotherapy help?
Physiotherapy will help as a nonsurgical treatment to reduce swelling, relieve pain and stiffness, and regain functional movement of the fingers. Treatment includes:
- Gentle massage on lump area on the palm to facilitate the blood flow.
- Heat or cold therapy to promote relaxation and reduce pain.
- Exercise: Stretching and strengthening exercise to restore movement and maintain strength of your hand grip.