Trigger Finger Treatment
The Best Treatment for Trigger Finger
After several weeks of dealing with an annoying and possibly painful catching of the fingers in a locked condition when you bend them (something you might not have realized you do so many times over the course of a day) you head to the doctor. You go through the physical exam and answer some questions, and ultimately are diagnosed with trigger finger. Now what?
How to Treat Trigger Finger
The severity and duration of the condition do come into play, but generally speaking, the first line of defense for treatment of trigger finger or trigger thumb is rest from the irritating activity or activities.
As you likely noticed when the symptoms of trigger finger began, a number of activities require bending of the fingers and thumb. For this reason, resting and treating trigger finger often includes the use of a trigger finger brace or trigger finger splint. Some top-sellers at BraceAbility are the Active Innovations Trigger Finger Splint and the Bort MobiDig Dynamic Finger PIP Extension Splint. Both of these products are optimally designed for use during the day in that they leave the unaffected digits free of restriction. Indeed, it is tough to imagine a less restrictive splint than these two supports.
Trigger finger remedies often include use of a splint at night, too. Many people curl up their fingers at night, irritating the tendons and tendon sheath. The Bort DigiSoft Finger Immobilizer Brace can prevent up to two fingers from curling at night. And the trigger finger splint is made of a soft, moldable material for optimal comfort.
Besides rest, other home remedies for trigger finger include ice massage of the affected area and taking anti-inflammatory medications. There are also some trigger finger treatment exercises and stretches (add link to blog article) for relief of trigger finger symptoms and treatment aimed at preventing the condition from recurring or showing up in another finger.
Trigger Finger Alternative Treatment
Another more natural treatment for trigger finger, according to an article by LiveStrong, is taking dietary supplements that have inflammation- and pain-reducing qualities, such as “yarrow, willow, pulsatilla, passionflower and arnica.” One should always consult a professional before getting started with any such treatment, however.
Another treatment for trigger finger that has been shown to have some success is acupuncture.
More Invasive Treatments for Trigger Finger
Unfortunately, home treatment for trigger finger or other such natural remedies for trigger finger are not always successful. More invasive trigger finger treatments are sometimes needed to ease the discomfort. One of these trigger finger treatment options is a steroid injection into the tendon sheath to reduce the problematic inflammation.
Another option for trigger finger pain relief is a procedure known as percutaneous trigger finger release. In this process, which is less invasive than surgery and requires just a local anesthesia, the doctor uses a needle to release the locked finger.
Surgery Treatment: Trigger Finger
But in some instances where other methods fail as a lasting remedy for trigger finger, surgery is needed.
Unfortunately, this is also the method required for most cases of trigger finger in children. With children trigger finger symptoms usually stem from the tendon of the finger being too large for its sheath. Thus, the sheath must be enlarged for trigger finger relief. BraceAbility offers a trigger finger splint for children to immobilize and stabilize the fingers after such a procedure.
Trigger finger surgery for adults is undergone with the same aim. After deadening the arm or hand or putting the patient under, the doctor will cut into the hand to widen the problematic sheath. (Get more details about trigger finger surgery options.
Following surgery, trigger finger exercises will be needed to maintain its range of motion and strength. A trigger finger immobilizing brace may also be needed as a post-surgery home remedy for trigger finger (in rare cases, professional therapy for the finger is required).