What is Trigger Finger?
Trigger finger is a form of symptom of triggering or snapping that occurs at the time of relaxing a fist. At that time, the affected trigger finger remains flexed and when enough force has been gathered, the trigger finger will extend.
Causes of Trigger Finger
Presently, the real cause of trigger finger or thumb is unclear. However, result of repetitive strain of the area due to work or hobbies can be the cause of trigger finger. Prolonged use of tools or work that need monotonous grasping that presses firmly on the tendon sheath at the base of the finger or thumb may irritate the tendons, resulting in thickening of the tendons themselves or the tendon sheath. In some cases, rheumatoid arthritis, gout or metabolic disorders can result on trigger finger.
Treatment of Trigger Finger
If you are suffering from trigger finger, it is recommended to avoid activities that have caused the inflammation. Some physical therapies and exercises are also recommended to get relief.
In some cases, surgery may be recommended to release the tendon. However, surgical procedure is time-consuming. We at Sports Orthopaedics in Singapore recommend you effective treatment to get well soon.