Trigger Finger – How to Fix It

Hand, Blog, Wrist, / By Koh Peh Chia

One of the most common injuries of the hand, trigger finger is a condition that can affect all. In this week’s blog, we share more about what causes. Furthermore, we discuss exercises that help this injury.

What is Trigger Finger?

The tendons that move the finger slide back and forth within a tendon sheath, which is like a tunnel over the tendon. For the finger to move comfortably, the tendon must glide smoothly within the sheath. However, when there is a thickening of the tendon or a nodule, this will not allow the smooth gliding required. Thus, it ultimately leads to a blockage in movement of the finger. The clicking or locking associated with this condition is due to the thickened part passing through the tunnel.

Symptoms of Trigger Finger

  • Stiffness and swelling, especially in the morning
  • Finger clicks or locks in a flexed position
  • Thickening at the base of the affected finger
  • Pain at the base of the affected finger
  • Unable to straighten finger after bending

Exercises To Try

Stretching of Fingers

Do this stretch on the affected finger for 30 seconds 3- 4 times a day

Towel Grab

Try this exercise by using your fingers to squeeze the towel into a ball as hard as possible and hold there for 3 seconds. Slowly straighten and release your fingers. Repeat this for 10-15 times, slowly increasing the amount of repetitions you do each time

Other Treatments

Here at Elevate Physiotherapy we also offer ultrasound and shockwave therapy which is shown to be effective for this condition as well. If you would like to find out more about your condition or would like an assessment by our physiotherapists, feel free to contact us through our website or Instagram page.

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