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Finger pain can affect joint mobility and impact a person’s ability to carry out everyday activities. There are many causes of finger pain and the common one includes injuries, tendon problems and arthritis. One Spine Chiropractic and Physiotherapy offers the best non-operative and non-invasive finger pain treatment in Malaysia. With our experienced chiropractors and physiotherapists combined with high-tech medical therapeutic devices, we are in confident to treat your condition without the intervention of surgery. Many of our patients are still in pain even after surgery and they regretted for not trying the less invasive approach before going to the surgical stage.
The common finger condition we see is Trigger Finger, a common condition that affect the tendon of the fingers which also known as Stenosing Tenosynovitis. Activities such as gardening, pruning and clipping that requires repetitive fingers action will have higher risk of developing trigger fingers. In short, we can say that trigger finger is caused by repetitive wear and tear around the finger. Trigger finger is also more common in people with certain medical conditions such as diabetes and rheumatoid arthritis.

Along the tendon sheath, bands of tissues called “pulleys” hold the flexor tendons closely to the finger’s bones. The tendons pass through the pulleys as the finger moves. The pulley at the base of the finger is called the “A1 Pulley”. This is the pulley that is most often involved in trigger finger.

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CAUSES OF TRIGGER FINGER

The inflammation and scarring of the tendon sheath (tenosynovium) around the flexor tendons causes trigger fingers.  The flexor tendons are long cord-like structures that attach the muscles of forearm to the bones of the fingers. When the muscles contract, the flexor tendons allow the fingers to bend.  Each flexor tendons passes through a tunnel in the palm and the fingers that allows it to glide smoothly as the finger bends and straighten. This tunnel is called the “tendon sheath”.

In patient with trigger finger, the A1 pulley become inflamed and thickened, making it hard for the flexor tendon to glide through it as the finger bends. Over time, the flexor tendon may also become inflamed and develop a small nodule on its surface. When the finger flexes and the nodule passes through the pulley, there is a sensation of catching or popping which is often painful.

In severe case, the finger locks and becomes stuck in a bent position which require another hand to straighten the finger.

SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS OF TRIGGER FINGER

The most common sign is the difficulty of flexing fingers closed while gripping.  Instead of a smooth closure, the finger hesitates then snaps closed. Fingers are often stiff and accompanied with pain.  Patient with trigger finger sometimes can feel a tender nodule in the area of the inflamed tendon.

TREATMENT OF TRIGGER FINGER

The common home remedies of trigger finger are:

REST : To rest your fingers and avoid activities that make it worse

SPLINTING : Wearing a splint at night to keep the affected finger or thumb in a straight position while sleeping.

EXERCISES : Gentle stretching exercises that help to reduce stiffness and improve range of motion in the affected finger.

One Spine treats patients with trigger finger with more than 90 % recovery. Our team of chiropractors and physiotherapists are able to identify the underlying causes and treat them accordingly with the help of therapeutic devices. Call us today to learn more about trigger finger !