There are two chiropractic treatments that are used for trigger finger: Active Release Technique (ART) and Graston technique. Studies have found these chiropractic techniques to be very effective in treating trigger finger.
What is the best way to treat trigger finger?
The quickest and most effective treatment is a local cortisone injection into the tendon sheath around the affected tendon. Most patients will respond well to the steroid injection (corticosteroid injection such as kenalog, depomedrol, and others). Trigger finger can recur after a period of normal function.
How do you fix a trigger finger without surgery?
Resting your hands if possible, wearing a splint at night, stretching exercises and a steroid injection all can alleviate trigger finger without surgery. Severity of trigger finger can be as simple as an annoying pop or sensation of the joint being stuck when you extend the finger.
Can you straighten a trigger finger?
When the finger flexes and the nodule passes through the pulley, there is a sensation of catching or popping. This is often painful. The thickened nodule on the flexor tendon strikes the A1 pulley, making it difficult to straighten the finger.
What will happens if a trigger finger is not treated?
In most cases, trigger finger is a nuisance rather than a serious condition. However, if it is not treated, the affected finger or thumb may become permanently stuck in a bent position or, less commonly, in a straightened position. This can make carrying out everyday tasks difficult.
How can I stop my trigger finger from getting worse?
Some ways to help prevent trigger finger include:
- avoiding repetitive grasping or gripping motions.
- avoiding the use of vibrating hand-held machinery.
- avoiding any activity that worsens symptoms of trigger finger.
Does trigger finger ever go away?
Trigger finger can recur but the condition generally corrects itself after a short while. More severe cases may become locked in the bent position and require surgery to correct it. When the condition occurs in children as young by the time they are one year of age, the condition is known as congenital trigger finger.
How do you get a trigger finger unstuck?
Something as easy as splinting and immobilization of the finger can sometimes decrease the inflammation enough that the trigger finger will go away. Oftentimes we do inject it, a little bit of cortisone and numbing medicine together and that is very effective.
Is hot or cold better for trigger finger?
Heat or ice: Heat or ice can be applied to reduce swelling. Placing your hand in warm water several times throughout the day can also relax the tendons and muscles in your fingers and hand. Exercise: Gentle exercises may help decrease stiffness and improve range of motion.
How long does a trigger finger last?
Full recovery may take a few weeks, but swelling and stiffness may linger for 6 months. If your finger was very stiff before surgery, your doctor will probably suggest physical therapy to teach you exercises to help loosen it.