finger is the painful result of a repetitive
strain injury to the hand. The fingers in the
hand move via tendons that facilitate bending,
grasping, and pinching. These tendons move
through tunnels, which can become irritated
and inflamed with excessive use. When irritated,
these tendons swell and the tunnels that facilitate
movement grow smaller. This in turn causes
pain and catching during finger movements.
In the vast majority of cases, there is
no major trauma to the hand that precipitates
trigger finger. Rather, patient will notice
a gradual building of uncomfortable symptoms.
Often, the pain begins in the palm of the
hand and radiates out. In addition, there
may be swelling and painful lumps in the
These symptoms usually are sufficient
for a doctor to diagnose trigger finger.
Typically, he or she will take a medical
history and will inquire about the environment
in which you spend most of your time (e.g.,
are you at a keyboard all day? Do you operate
heavy machinery?). In rare cases, x-rays
may be taken, but usually a physical examination
of the hand is sufficient to feel the swollen
There are numerous treatments for trigger
finger, including over-the-counter medication
and splints. These choices, however, tend
to provide only temporary relief and they
don't do much to alleviate the painful
feeling of having a dislocated finger.
Increasingly, doctors and physical therapists
are turning to exercises that may help
to align the bones, tendons, and ligaments
that run through the arm and extend to
the hand. Research shows that with proper
training, the musculature of the hand can
be realigned to treat trigger finger effectively.
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