The aim of treatment for trigger finger and trigger thumb is to relieve
the catching or locking symptoms to allow full movement of the
finger or thumb without discomfort. Swelling around the flexor
tendon and tendon sheath must be reduced to allow smooth action
of the tendon.
For mild, infrequent trigger finger symptoms, compression therapy gloves can
offer comforting support for gentle pain relief. Wearing compression gloves assists
to restrict hand movement to maintain your affected finger in an extended position
helping to rest the injured joint for faster healing.
This splinting effect also helps prevent you from curling your fingers into a fist
while sleeping, to reduce morning hand pain and enhance finger joint mobility.
Life-Style & Self-Care Tips To Ease Trigger Finger Symptoms
Your doctor or physiotherapist may suggest you perform gentle exercises with the
affected trigger finger to help maintain joint mobility.
Avoid activities that require repetitive gripping, repeated grasping or the use of
vibrating hand-held machinery.
Non-medicated and anti-inflammatory, ThermomedicTM therapy gloves can help
relieve the swelling which constricts the tendon sheath and cause entrapment of
the tendon. Therapy gloves can also relieve the pain associated with trigger finger.
Wearing compressive therapy gloves can assist to reduce inflammation of the
sheath and is most effective if worn soon after trigger finger symptoms begin.
Unlike steroid injections, far infrared therapy gloves are as effective for people
who also suffer with other medical conditions, such as rheumatoid arthritis or
Rest your hand to prevent the overuse of your affected finger. In addition, you
may need to modify your behaviour to minimize repeated gripping actions to avoid
Soaking your affected hand in warm water, especially in the morning, can often
help reduce the discomfort of the catching sensation during the day and may be
repeated several times throughout the day.
Gently massaging your affected finger can provide relief from pain, although does
not minimize the inflammation.
So What is Trigger Finger?
Stenosing tenosynovitis, commonly known as trigger finger or trigger thumb,
affects the tendons in your hand that bend your fingers. These tendons have a
slick lining that allows easy gliding of the tendon. Sometimes the tendon develops
knots and swelling causing pain, popping or a catching feeling in your finger or
thumb. When the tendon catches, it produces irritation and more swelling which
causes a vicious cycle.
What Causes Trigger Finger?
Causes for trigger finger are not always clear. Trigger finger may be associated
with medical conditions, such as trauma, rheumatoid arthritis, gout and diabetes.
What Are The Signs and Symptoms of Trigger Finger?
Trigger finger and trigger thumb may begin with discomfort felt at the base of your
finger or thumb just where they join the palm. The area may be tender to the
touch and a nodule may sometimes be felt and your finger begins to trigger or
Is Thermotherapy Safe For Long-Term Medical Care?
Yes. Thermomedic heat therapy garments combine safe, natural bio-ceramic
minerals embedded into the fibres for targeted healing. Thermomedic thermal
therapy garments are a highly effective, affordable and safe alternative to
medication or electrical devices.
In fact, Thermomedic heat therapy garments provide safe, soothing warmth to
promote vasodilation for improved pain relief and healing without the use of pain
This means, even for long-term treatment, you can wear Thermomedic Therapy
Garments with complete peace of mind!
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