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9 Steps to Ease Trigger Finger and Trigger Thumb

Trigger fingers and trigger thumb are two of the most common conditions that people have to deal with. Several different things can cause these conditions, but they all lead to pain in hand. While it is not possible to prevent these injuries from happening, there are ways that you can ease your symptoms if you suffer from either condition.

We will discuss ten steps that will help limit the discomfort and make a living with a trigger finger or trigger thumb more manageable.

What is Trigger Finger And Trigger Thumb?

A trigger finger is when you cannot fully extend your fingers because the tendons have become stuck in a contracted position. This can happen if something gets caught between them or too cold and stiff to move appropriately. The trigger thumb occurs identically with the thumb instead of the index finger.

The symptoms include pain that comes on gradually, swelling along one side of the joint line (either where it meets other joints or near its base), stiffness in movement, and difficulty extending certain digits like trigger thumbs into objects like jars. The causes range from diabetes complications to repetitive injury and several other related conditions that also play a role, including arthritis and some vitamin deficiencies, among many other things.

Trigger finger and trigger thumb are two conditions that can happen to people with diabetes. Therefore, they are also sometimes called "trigger finger" or "thumb," though they have specific names and descriptions for each of the digits.

You know you're getting a trigger thumb if it takes an excessive amount of force on your thumb to extend it, especially fully extending into objects like jars or grasping small items tightly in them (like pens).

It is worth noting that these things come about due to something being caught between the fingers, which leads to swelling at those points where they meet other joints, such as at their base or where joints meet tissue. There are many causes for this condition, but one significant cause is repetitive strain injury; when someone repeatedly causes enough wear and tear to the joints, they can be susceptible.

A few different treatments for trigger fingers include taking anti-inflammatory medications, cortisone injections, or splinting the joint that is swollen; in most cases, it's best to avoid doing something repetitively not to inflame your fingers more! It may also help if you cut back on activity altogether until your condition improves. If these don't work, then surgery might need to take place as well.

Trigger thumb has similar symptoms, with one significant difference being that there will be swelling at the digit base rather than right below where their other digits would meet them (called carpometacarpal). Again, this is caused by repetitive motion, such as when you type on a keyboard or play an instrument.

Surgery may be required to help relieve symptoms and restore function. If you suffer from either of these conditions, make sure not to keep doing what hurts your hand because this will only lead to worsening pain.

How To Ease Pain and Discomfort With Trigger Fingers?

A trigger finger is an ailment that will cause a person to have pain and discomfort in the fingers. Many different things can cause a trigger finger. Still, it typically occurs because of repetitive motions during daily activities like typing on a keyboard or using tools for work.

This condition may also arise from getting too much sun exposure at one time. It has been documented as occurring most often in middle-aged women who are housewives with little use of their hands other than day-to-day household tasks.

The main symptom of this condition is a pain when you extend your thumb or index finger fully into the palm side of your hand (pinching). This is because the joint around these two fingers will become stuck while trying to do this.

The first step to easing the pain is to stop doing whatever activity may be causing it. If this continues, you can try over-the-counter medications and/or rest from the repetitive motions of daily activities until your symptoms go away.

If these steps do not work for you, see a doctor specializing in hand problems, such as an orthopedist or hand surgeon. They will examine your joints and tendons around both fingers while asking about any injury that might have occurred recently. X-rays are sometimes used to diagnose trigger fingers.

Practical steps to ease pain and discomfort associated with trigger finger and trigger thumb:

  • Stop any activity that may have caused the pain to decrease inflammation

One of the most effective ways to reduce any pain and discomfort good home remedy is to put a heated towel around the finger and allow it to rest. Resting your hand on a flat surface will also help.

  • Apply ice packs to reduce swelling and pain

If you cannot stop any activity that may have caused your pain, try using an ice pack over the painful area for 15 minutes every hour. The swelling and pain will be reduced by this method.

  • Stretch your fingers by placing your thumb outside of the closed fists and pressing down with other fingers

This will help relieve any pain and discomfort in your fingers. Wear a finger splint to support the digit if it is bent or swollen. A good idea would also be wearing a finger splint to keep the injured digit if there's one available.

  • Take medications to help ease discomfort and inflammation

Aspirin, ibuprofen, and naproxen are common medications that can be taken to help with your discomfort. Talk to a health professional if you have any questions or concerns about what medication is safe for you to take.

  • Wear gloves when doing household tasks

Keep your hands warm when you're cold. If you have to do any household tasks, make sure that you wear gloves so the trigger finger/thumb will remain as warm and comfortable as possible. Keep in mind that if it is too early or not recommended for a person with RA (Rheumatoid Arthritis) to dress their fingers up outside the house, they should still try wearing gloves indoors and see how it goes with their situation.

  • Avoid extreme temperatures at all costs.

Cold weather causes pain by constricting blood vessels supplying heat-sensitive tissue like joints, muscles, and tendons, which can be painful for people who suffer from Trigger Finger & Thumb- especially those with Rheumatoid Arthritis.

When you're cold, your hands can get stiff, and knuckles will become painful to move and joints like the fingers used for manipulation and gripping items.

  • Gentle massage at the finger joint after heat therapy can be effective.

Gently massaging your fingers can be an effective way to ease the pain of Trigger Finger.

  • Stay hydrated

Keeping yourself hydrated throughout the day is essential to maintain your body's fluid balance, which helps relax muscle tension.

  • Visit a specialist to help ease the pain.

Visit a chiropractor to get your spine aligned if you have been experiencing intense pain in the area of the Trigger Finger. Several specialists who can help with this condition are chiropractors, physical therapists, and massage therapists. A visit to a specialist is the only way to get information on how best to treat your condition.

Suppose you are experiencing pain in both of your hands from Trigger Finger or Trigger Thumb. In that case, it may be time for you to see an occupational therapist who can provide treatment plans that will work with your profession and help relieve any symptoms brought on by these conditions.

You can visit this website: https://www.drdevin.com/ or check with Dr. Devin Luzod what treatments work most suitable for your condition.

There are many ways they can help, including studying the ergonomics of your workspace and making recommendations for different tools such as splints, braces, and grips, so that trigger finger does not happen again.

There's also relief from the trigger thumb when sleeping with your fingers straight at night or wearing a splint during waking hours. You can ask your doctor about getting one of these devices if they're not available in stores near you. As long as there is no permanent damage, this should be a temporary relief for most people suffering from trigger thumb without surgery needed.

Who Can Help With Trigger Finger and Trigger Thumb?

Individuals with a trigger finger or thumb often see a hand specialist for treatment. First, the doctor will examine the patient's fingers and hands to diagnose the problem. Suppose they determine that it is related to arthritis. Then, they may prescribe medication such as NSAIDs which are non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, like ibuprofen or naproxen, to help ease the pain.

If it is not arthritis causing the problem, they will prescribe a different treatment such as finger splints or injections, which can last up to six months depending on how well it responds and takes effect.

Can You Prevent This From Developing?

If you see a doctor right away, they can help develop a trigger finger or thumb before becoming too complicated. Preventing this issue from becoming problematic is the best solution for those at risk, such as individuals who work in professions requiring repetitive hand movements like typing on keyboards and grasping small objects, among others.

Knowing the symptoms of this issue and taking the proper precautionary measures is one way to prevent it from developing.

Trigger finger or thumb tend to be more common among middle-aged, have arthritis, diabetes, or people with occupations that require repetitive hand movements.

Common symptoms of trigger finger and trigger thumb;

  • swelling in the joint
  • pain/ aching near or on the trigger finger, thumb, or wrist
  • joint stiffness
  • soreness when moving fingers past each other.

Some risk factors of this issue are diabetes, arthritis, and occupations that require repetitive hand movements like typing on keyboards and grasping small objects, among others. However, the symptoms can be relieved by conservative treatments like ice and medication.

Final Words

You don't need to live with the pain caused by the trigger finger and trigger thumb. Learning how to reduce and prevent the pain caused by these issues is easy and can help you get your life back to normal as soon as possible. However, if all remedies fail, then it's time for you to get assistance from experts and professionals to make sure proper treatment is given.

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