What is it?
Trigger finger is a condition that affects one or more of the hand tendons, making it difficult to bend the affected finger or thumb. If the tendon becomes swollen and inflamed it can ‘catch’ in the tunnel it runs through (the tendon sheath). This can make it difficult to move the affected finger or thumb and can result in a clicking sensation.
What are the symptoms?
Signs and symptoms of trigger finger may progress from mild to severe and include: * Finger stiffness, particularly in the morning * A popping or clicking sensation as you move your finger * Tenderness or a bump (nodule) in the palm at the base of the affected finger * Finger catching or locking in a bent position, which suddenly pops straight * Finger locked in a bent position, which you are unable to straighten Trigger finger can affect any finger, including the thumb. More than one finger may be affected at a time, and both hands might be involved. Triggering is usually more pronounced in the morning, while firmly grasping an object or when straightening your finger.
- Take a break from repetitive activities for four to six weeks
- Wear a brace or splint to restrict motion and rest the hand
- Apply heat or ice to reduce swelling
- Place your hand in warm water several times throughout the day to relax the tendons and muscles
- Gently stretching your fingers to enhance their range of motion
Stop performing repetitive activities that can strain your hand, such as playing a musical instrument
Things to watch out for
GP can be contacted who can advise you about proper treatments.