Suffering from Trigger Finger.

bob3700

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Anyone have experience with treatments for trigger finger?
My right hand ( dominate hand) has two fingers being currently affected. There is discussion of injections and if that does not work, surgery.
Anyone been down this road n if so, ur results.
Bob
 

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Doc gave me a little plastic sleeve. It goes over the affected joint(s) before you go to bed. It can't seize up this way since the finger can't bend.
 

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I would try some CBD lotion or balm. Try that at night or when you are having pain. Tight lines


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As a retired physical therapist, I have worked with a lot of trigger fingers, and I have also developed one myself in the right ring finger. If I allow my hand to clench or fingers to curl during the night, I will have a definite trigger finger in the morning. Wearing a finger splint to keep the fingers straight will help as Monello mentioned above. Stretching the fingers out straight also helps. Physicians, of course, always tend to recommend injections or surgery. Frankly I haven't seen a lot of success with injections. Surgery is usually successful, but if you can avoid surgery you're probably better off. You might also check with a physical therapist, as a lot of new soft tissue techniques have been developed over the last few years that are applicable to trigger finger. By keeping my fingers straight at night and stretching as needed, my condition has not worsened, and has actually improved a great deal.

Larry
 

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I developed one after an injury. Doc started me out with injections and physical therapy. The injection helped loosen things up and the physical therapy just plain hurt as they worked on the injured ligament. If you ran your finger down the length of my finger you could feel little bumps all the way down.
I still had pain and a trigger finger after all of that. Doc told me to give it 8-12 months as these types of injuries take a long time to heal and if it wasn’t better in a year to come back to schedule surgery. It has now been over a year, the pain is mostly gone and the trigger finger is no more. I honestly thought surgery was going to be inevitable but I was consistent with messaging the ligaments no matter how bad it hurt and as time went on things got better.



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Due to the fact that I have played electric guitar, fly fish and have been an electrician most of my life I have had bouts with tendinitis, numbness, trigger finger and I was tested for carpal tunnel and radial nerve damage.

Ive had flare ups, my pointer finger has gone numb, after playing gears of war with my son on xbox, repetitive motions seem to lead to flare ups.

It hurts, if you ever had tennis elbow or fly fishing shoulder and the like you know.

My doctor explained it like this, Steve you over work your tendons because you have to for work and all of your activities you do for fun have an element to inflame your condition, Do you sleep with your hands above your head or under your pillow?

I replied Yes,

Do you ever wake up with your hands curled?

I replied yes,

That is a natural response, because it feels better, and subconsciously you curl your hands and wrists and that makes it even worse.

I was prescribed two forearm and hand braces, I wore them at night while sleeping and I had to change the way I worked played guitar a bit and even though it took a lot of time, I did`nt take any drugs other than Advil, didn't need surgery, and I am fine today.

Of course I`m not cured, I could still have tendonitis flare up, I do things differently, I have a tool for my drill to put wire nuts on, and got ergonomic tools and screwdrivers, I hook up a lot of wires and if I jam with the band for many hours on end, I feel it but just being conscious about what I`m doing.

Naturally I`m not a doctor as stated I`m an electrician your milage may vary but I`m willing to bet that from my fingers to my shoulders take far more use and abuse than the average person. That being said I am in pretty good shape for my age and stretching and building strength in my upper body has helped. I have also had pinched nerves in my shoulder and my arms and hands would hurt and go numb.

I notice when I`m starting to get sore some anti inflammatory meds really help, and sleep with the braces on again.

I did see a specialist for this, he just said that it takes a very long time for nerves to heal and tendonitis takes a long time as well, he told me something like 5 to 6 months and it did take that long.
 

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I tried the injections.... gave temporary relief. Finally had the surgery....2 weeks recovery and never felt better!
 

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I had trigger thumb from casting and also from playing the sax and the shot worked for me after I had tried splints, braces and such. Can you adjust your grip? Good luck
 

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Also, for this geezer at least, sing a "key" grip some of the time keeps my hand more relaxed and allows the rod and forearm to do the work.
 
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