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What Is Trigger Finger?

Updated on March 9, 2012
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Trigger Finger


Trigger finger is a painful condition! Its exact causes are not known! It is a common disorder in the adulthood stages of life! In general it is a condition that is much more prevalent in women than men! It occurs anywhere from 40 to 60 years of age and sometimes earlier! It is often found in those suffering from rheumatoid arthritis and diabetes!



SYMPTOMS


There is usually no notable injury at its onset! But may simply occur after repeatedly using your hand. The onset of symptoms varies! It is an inflammatory condition! It may start by swelling or a tender lump in the palm of the hand may appear. The joints in the finger may begin to become rigid and lock. Or you may experience pain when trying to bend your finger(s) or thumb! More than one finger can be affected at a time! The flexor tendon muscles are located in the forearm above the wrist that actually moves the fingers! As you bend your fingers or thumb they slide through a snug tunnel called the tendon sheath of flexor.



When the tendons thicken this makes it difficult to freely slide through the tendon sheath and results in pain. The symptoms may be more pronounced first thing in the morning! After being idle overnight the finger or thumb may gradually begin to loosen as you move it about. Construction workers, Musicians, Artists, Writers and those who frequently use their fingers are probable candidates!



TREATMENTS


Although not considered dangerous the condition can be very painful! Your doctor may prescribe an anti- inflammatory medication. Or a possible corticosteroid injection into the tendon sheath of your hand. This may temporary relieve the pain until it heals. Application of ice is recommended to minimize any swelling. Hand Therapy is usually recommended! It is important to take care of your hands!


If the condition persists and the injection fails your doctor may recommend a relatively simple surgical procedure to prevent your fingers from becoming stiff and inflexible! The patient can usually use their hand immediately after the surgery! A small incision is made in order to widen the tendon sheath tunnel. This allows additional room for the finger to mover more freely. As it heals the sheath is looser allowing freedom of movement!


The procedure can be done on an outpatient basis! There is usually a minimum of post operative pain and requires only a few stitches. Recovery is anywhere from 6 weeks to 6 months! See your doctor for proper diagnosis and treatment!





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      DeBorrah K Ogans 5 years ago

      Ov Strickland, Great & Thank You! Please do comed again, Peace & Blessings!

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      Ov Strickland 5 years ago from El Segundo, CA

      Me too, I never heard of this before. I'm glad I learned something new today. Well done DeBorrah. Thanks for sharing!

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      DeBorrah K Ogans 5 years ago

      Allen, You are so welcome! Thank You for stopping by! Peace & Blessings!

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      Allen Werner 5 years ago from West Allis

      Good info - never heard of this. Thanks for the information. Peace

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      DeBorrah K Ogans 5 years ago

      Stars, Thank You! I pray that this is in some way helpful! You are so welcome! God Bless all of You! In HIS Love, Care, Grace, Joy, Peace & Blessings!

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      DeBorrah K Ogans 5 years ago

      idigwebsites, Thank You! I hope this is helpful! Take care! Peace & Blessings!

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      DeBorrah K Ogans 5 years ago

      Cristina, You are so welcome! I pray that this is helpful! It is always delightful & encouraging to hear from you! Thank You as always for stopping by to share! In HIS Love, Grace, Joy, Peace & Blessings! God Bless You!

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      stars439 5 years ago from Louisiana, The Magnolia and Pelican State.

      Wonderful educational hub. It is a shame these conditions develope in some of us. Thank you for the helpful information, and God Bless You, and your sweet family precious heart.

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      DeBorrah K Ogans 5 years ago

      DR PastorCarlotta, How interesting! Ouch! Prayer really does help! PRAISE GOD! I hope you find some of the suggestions helpful! As always Thank You for stopping by to share! Thank you for the vote as well! In HIS Love, Grace, Joy, Peace & Blessings!

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      idigwebsites 5 years ago from United States

      Thanks for the information...i am sure it will help a lot.

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      DeBorrah K Ogans 5 years ago

      Cari Jean, It is exciting learning something new! Thank You for stopping by to share! Peace & Blessings!

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      Maria Cristina Aquino Santander 5 years ago from Manila

      Great hub which presents a great wealth of information. I find it interesting and useful. Thank you for sharing this timely article here at Hubpages. May you and your family be blessed today and always. Best regards.

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      Pastor Dr. Carlotta Boles 5 years ago from BREAKOUT MINISTRIES, INC. KC

      WOW! DeBorrah I have this condition in my left hand, my thumb. It is painful!!!!!! Mines comes and go and have taken corticosteroid injection into the tendon of my thumb. It has only accurred in my thumb, my doctor told me if it keeps happening I will need surgery. I was praying like crazy, lol, lol, and it cleared up! PRAISE GOD!!! Great information! Voted-up!

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      DeBorrah K Ogans 5 years ago

      Nobody, Now that’s funny! You really don’t know me very well… It had never even crossed my mind to associate “Trigger Finger” with a gun of any sort. I truly subscribe to non violence... Hmmm, maybe the exercises will help as preventive measures… Thank you for stopping by, In His Love, Grace, Joy, Peace & Blessings!

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      DeBorrah K Ogans 5 years ago

      Tamarajo, Wonderful! I pray that this is helpful for your Mother! Thank you for stopping by to share, In HIS Love, Grace, Joy, Peace & Blessings!

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      Cari Jean 5 years ago from Bismarck, ND

      never heard of this condition before - interesting. Good for us writers to know about!

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      Robert E Smith 5 years ago from Rochester, New York

      When I first saw the title I thought you were going to make a confession that you collected handguns or something. I feel the stiffness starting. I am able to ignore it for the most part as of now. I must keep writing though even if I hunt and peck. Love ya sister, great article.

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      DeBorrah K Ogans 5 years ago

      Donnaisabella, You are so welcome and you are wise! There is so much to learn... The body is so very uniquely created by the Lord!

      In HIS Love, Grace, Joy, Peace & Blessings!

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      DeBorrah K Ogans 5 years ago

      Cathy, Ouch! I hope in the meantime some of the suggestions help until you are able to see your doctor. But please be careful that you don’t further injury yourself! Let me know how it goes... You are so welcome! Thank you for stopping by to share! In HIS Love, Grace, Peace & Blessings! God Bless You!

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      DeBorrah K Ogans 5 years ago

      Elsie, How interesting... Your children have come up with a clever description for your condition! I pray that this is helpful in some way and you are able to find some relief for the pain in your finger! Thank you for sharing! In HIS Love, Grace, Peace & Blessings! God Bless You!

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      Tamarajo 5 years ago

      I think I will send this article along to my mother who has had this mysterious finger pain and stiffness you describe.

      Glad I stopped by. Very useful.

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      Donaisabella 5 years ago from Fort Myers

      Thanks for the information Ms DeBorrah, I like to understand how the body works and some of the afflictions just in case someone needs help. Stay blessed.

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      Cathy Root 5 years ago

      My right hand, fourth finger, is really bad. I have an appt but can't get in until April. I am concerned, b/c I have had this for several months, and it is affecting my typing, etc. I hope to read the info you gave - hope it helps .. after I get my neck "fixed" this Tuesday, hopefully, I can concentrate on my hand - any suggestions? but thanks for the info you have shared!

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      Elsie 5 years ago

      I suffer from what my children call "mouse finger" - referring to spending hours in front of the computer and using the mouse continuously

      The first joint on the forefinger on my right hand has been crooked for many years and it can be quite painful at times, so much so that the joint is really swollen and red.

      I am not sure if this falls in the "trigger finger" category, but thank you anyway for sharing the symptoms of this condition.

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      DeBorrah K Ogans 5 years ago

      Chin chin, GREAT! Thank you for being my first gracious visitor! Keep close watch and in the meantime try an ice pack from time to time... So nice to see you here! Have a wonderful day! I am so glad that this was helpful! Peace & Blessings!

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      Chin chin 5 years ago from Philippines

      I have an inflammation in my left thumb right now. I don't know what it is. It isn't really painful and so I haven't seen the doctor. Maybe I will if it doesn't go away. Thanks for the info about trigger finger.