What Is Trigger Finger and Trigger Thumb?
Trigger finger is a very common condition which causes pain and
locking of the affected finger.
Also known as stenosing tenosynovitis, a finger or your thumb gets stuck in a
bent position and then straightens with a snap, just like a trigger being
released. While the trigger finger is often able to be bent along with your other
fingers, when you straighten out your hand, the affected finger straightens with
a snap or if trigger finger is severe, your finger may become locked in the bent
What Is the Best Non-Surgical Treatment For Trigger Finger?
With rest and the use of compressive support gloves, about 30% of people find
their trigger finger gets better without any medical intervention. However,
treatment for trigger finger will vary depending on the severity of your condition.
While medication, surgery and injections are available, increasingly, many
people are worried about the long-term consequences of prescription drugs.
This is why those who suffer with hand pain, trigger finger and trigger thumb
find that it can be very beneficial to wear Thermomedic compression gloves for
their affected finger to reduce pain and minimise inflammation to reduce the
need for corticosteroid injections. In fact, doctors tell us that wearing a thermal
therapy compressive glove or splint can often resolve the problem in the early
stages without the use of drugs or risks of invasive surgery.
Safe, effective natural treatments recommended for trigger finger
~ Wearing compressive therapy gloves with far infrared to improve circulation,
help keep your affected finger supported and to rest your sore joint.
Compressive therapy gloves also help to prevent you from curling your fingers
into a fist while sleeping to prevent painful finger joints in the morning.
~ Performing gentle exercises with the affected finger to help you maintain
mobility in your finger.
~ Avoiding activities that require repetitive gripping, repeated grasping or the
prolonged use of vibrating, hand-held machinery.
How Can Thermomedic Therapy Gloves Help Treat Trigger Finger?
Thermomedic therapy gloves help ease the symptoms of trigger finger by
improving circulation to ease inflammation, reduce pain and to protect and
gently support your affected fingers and thumb for better healing. The warm,
soothing heat created by Thermomedic therapy gloves gently penetrates into
the soft tissue around the affected finger, to stimulate circulation and ease
soreness to naturally repair and rejuvenate your sore hands.
Thermomedic therapy gloves with safe, effective far infrared are a
non-medicated treatment to help reduce morning hand pain and joint stiffness,
too. This is why, as more people suffer with debilitating hand, wrist and finger
joint pain, the relief and soothing care from Thermomedic far infrared gloves
and wrist supports are the popular choice for everyone!
Comfortable, easy to wear and available in three styles to suit your everyday
needs, Thermomedic Therapy Garments are so safe, you can wear them day or
night with complete peace of mind.
Thermomedic therapy clothes do not require batteries or a power
source which means there is no risk of burns, you save money and they
are completely go-anywhere and portable!
You can wear them outside when gardening, doing housework or
What Causes Trigger Finger?
The cause of trigger finger or trigger thumb is often not clear. It is thought to be
due to inflammation which causes swelling of a tendon or tendon sheath.
Painful trigger finger is caused by a narrowing of the sheath that surrounds the
tendon in you affected finger.
Tendons are fibrous cords that attach muscle to bone. Our tendons are
surrounded by a protective sheath. However, if it becomes inflamed frequently
or for long periods, the space within the tendon sheath can become narrow and
constricting so the tendon can't glide through the sheath easily. This can cause
the finger to catch in a bent position before popping straight and can make the
tendon more irritated and inflamed, worsening your pain and symptoms.
With prolonged inflammation, scarring, nodules and thickening occurs. While
trigger finger is more common if you suffer with rheumatoid arthritis,
osteoarthritis, pregnancy, diabetes, hypothyroidism or kidney disease, most
cases of trigger finger are not due to any particular cause.
Trigger finger or trigger thumb most often occurs in people over 40 years of
age. If your work or hobby requires repetitive gripping action then you may also
be more susceptible. Doctors say trigger finger is also more common in women
or if you have diabetes.
What are The Symptoms Of Trigger Finger?
Generally, the symptoms of trigger finger may progress from mild to severe and
~ Finger stiffness, often in the morning
~ A snapping or clicking sensation as you move your affected finger
~ Soreness, tenderness or a bump around the base of your affected finger
~ Finger or thumb locking in a bent position and snapping back
~ Finger remaining locked in the bent position
Trigger finger more commonly occurs in your dominant hand and can most
often affect your thumb, middle or ring finger. Sometimes more than one finger
and even both hands may be affected. The symptoms of trigger finger are
usually more severe in the morning, while firmly grasping an object or when
trying to straighten your finger.
If your trigger finger is not treated, the affected finger can sometimes become
permanently bent, which will make carrying out even simple tasks very difficult.
Mostly, trigger finger affects just one finger, however, sometimes several fingers
can be affected. If you have trigger finger in more than one finger the first time
you notice a problem, you are more likely to have another finger affected in the
future. So, while there is no cure for trigger finger, Thermomedic therapy gloves
are safe, effective and so very comfortable. This means you can choose
Thermomedic therapy gloves with complete peace of mind.
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