Also known as stenosing tenosynovitis, trigger finger (or thumb) is a painful condition that affects the tendons in the hand. When the finger or thumb is bent towards the palm, the tendon gets stuck and the finger clicks or locks.
Trigger finger can affect one or more fingers. The symptoms can include pain, stiffness, clicking and a small lump of tissue at the base of the affected finger or thumb (known as a nodule).
Tendons are fibrous cords that join bone to muscle. They allow the bone to move when the muscle contracts. In the hand, tendons run down the bones in the fingers and are attached to the muscles in the forearm.
The tendons are held in place by strong bands of tissue, known as ligaments, which are shaped in arches over the tendon. These ligaments form a tunnel on the surface of the bone, which the tendons slide through. This tunnel is known as a tendon sheath.
Trigger finger usually affects your thumb, ring finger or little finger. More than one finger can be affected and the condition may develop on both hands. It is more common in the right hand, possibly because most people are right handed.
Symptoms of trigger finger can include:
- Pain at the base of the affected finger or thumb (or both) when you move the finger or thumb, and if you press on the area
- A nodule (a small growth or lump of tissue) at the base of the affected finger or thumb
- Stiffness or clicking when you move the affected finger or thumb, particularly first thing in the morning
If the condition gets worse, your finger may get stuck in a bent position and then suddenly pop straight. Eventually, it may not fully straighten.
Trigger Finger in Children:
In a very small number of children between the ages of 18 months and three years old, trigger finger can affect the thumb. The main symptom will be an inability to fully straighten the thumb.
Trigger finger occurs if there is a problem with the tendon or sheath, such as swelling, which means the tendon can no longer slide easily through the sheath. This makes it harder to bend the affected finger or thumb. If the tendon gets caught in the opening of the sheath, the finger can give a painful click, like a trigger being released, as it is straightened.
The cause of trigger finger is not known, but several things may increase the likelihood of it developing. For example, it is more common in:
- People who are over 40 years of age
- People with certain medical conditions
Conditions that can make trigger finger more likely include conditions that affect the hand, such as Dupuytren’s contracture, although this is rare. They may also include some long-term conditions, such as diabetes. Around 10% of people with diabetes develop trigger finger.
Try not to unnecessarily move your fingers and thumbs, keep typing on the computer, for example, to a minimum if possible. And texting makes the condition worse, so be wary of picking up your cell phone to send a message.
As with all diseases this did not happen overnight. The very first thing you must do is see a licensed health professional. Find a list of practitioners in your local area here.
Here are some things you can discuss with your practitioner:
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- Do not consume any artificial sweeteners, such as Splenda, NutraSweet or Aspartame
- Do not consume high fructose corn syrup or mono-sodium glutamate.
- Do not drink any carbonated beverages.
- Avoid all fast food restaurants.
- Avoid all canned food.
- Eliminate conventional dairy products. The best dairy products are raw, unpasteurised and homogenised dairy from grass fed cows. If this is unavailable, then buy organic dairy.
- Avoid conventional beef. The best beef is organic grass fed beef.
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Certain supplements may be particularly helpful in treating the symptoms associated with soft tissue problems such as trigger finger. Dietary supplements that quell inflammation and reduce pain may be especially helpful in treating trigger finger. Dr. Sharol Tilgner, a naturopathic doctor and author of “Herbal Medicine From the Heart of the Earth,” reports that yarrow, willow, pulsatilla, passionflower and arnica possess both anti-inflammatory and pain-relieving properties. Some supplements used in treating trigger finger may require further study using contemporary scientific testing methods.
Arnica may be a helpful supplement for treating trigger finger-related symptoms. Arnica, whose flower heads are used in supplements, is a common treatment for musculoskeletal and soft tissue problems. Dr. William A. Mitchell Jr., a naturopathic physician and author of “Plant Medicine in Practice,” reports that arnica is a premier supplement for soft tissue injuries, including sprains and strains, and that it helps reduce swelling and speeds recovery. Arnica is a member of the sunflower family.
Trigger finger is a bothersome condition, though it is not usually serious. Most people with trigger finger can still perform their usual work and recreational activities without significant difficulty. However, this health problem should always be managed by a qualified health care professional. Avoid self-treating trigger finger using dietary supplements, as some supplements may cause undesired health effects if they are not used properly. Ask your doctor what supplements are best for you and your condition.
- Take Vitamin D3 50,000-100,000 International Units a day for periods of 4 weeks at a time.
- Wholefood supplements are the best way of ensuring your nutritional needs are met. The best we know on the market is Kevin Trudeau’s “KT Daily” product. You can find more details here.
- Take an Omega 3 supplement:
Prescription and non-prescription medication:
What non-prescription and prescription drugs are you taking? Your non-prescription and prescription are partially the reason that you have this illness or disease – you need to get off these medications but do so only under the guidance of a licensed health care practitioner.
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As always the fastest most effective way to receive tailored advice to your own situation, you should visit a local licensed practitioner. Find your closest Ayurvedic practitioners here.
Here are some remedies that your practitioner may suggest:
We recommend you consult a licensed practitioner so that you can receive a tailor-made diagnosis. But here are some things you might like to discuss: Ayurveda views that an ncrease or vitiation of Vata or the air element results in compression and pain. Ayurveda’s management of carpal tunnel syndrome involves the management of vitiated vata dosha (air element). The primary aim is to ease the inflammation and pain by improving blood circulation and relaxing the muscles, therefore an holistic approach with medicines and therapies, a Vatahara lifestyle and diet, yoga and exercises is recommended. Therapies such as Pizchil, Navara Kizhi, Ela Kizhi, Mamsa Navara Kizhi, etc. are very effective in reducing the pain and numbness. A 7-21 day therapy program comprises of general massage with herbal steam to Mamsa Navara Kizhi (meat based external application) to restore normal feeling to the hand and wrist. A warm oil application is followed by external application of warm or hot paste made from red meat, green gram, rice and herbal powders. This process improves blood circulation, relaxes the muscular system and heals the affected nervous system swiftly.
Ayurveda medicines like cervilon, Zeotone, Yoga raja Guggulu, Kaishora Guggulu, Lakshadi Guggulu and Tryodashanga Guggulu are also very effective in managing pain and inflammation. Abhyanga – an oil massage followed by a herbal steam bath once a week is also used.
Traditional Chinese Medicine
We recommend you consult a licensed practitioner to ensure you receive the correct treatment for you and protocols you may wish to discuss include acupuncture which has proven beneficial in treating carpal tunnel syndrome.
From an Oriental medicine perspective, this illness may be seen as a disruption of the flow of Qi and Blood within the area and associated with Cold, Dampness or Wind penetrating the muscles and sinews of the wrist. Acupuncture points, stretching exercises, herbal remedies and nutritional supplements are chosen to treat it.
As well as reducing the swelling, inflammation and pain in the wrist, acupuncture addresses any headaches, neck pain, shoulder stiffness and sleeping problems that often accompany this condition.
To receive bespoke advice based upon your own situation you should visit a local licensed practitioner. Find your closest Traditional Chinese Medicine practitioners here.
Here are some remedies that your practitioner may suggest:
Marjoram, lavender, or eucalyptus essential oils rubbed directly into the tender areas can help relieve symptoms.
Use 4 drops of essential oil per 25ml of carrier oil.
To ensure positive results, always check that the essential oil is a 100% pure plant distillation and that it comes from a reputable source.
Owing to the principles behind homeopathy it is essential you see a licensed practitioner to receive your own personalised prescription. Find your closest Homeopath here.
Here are some remedies that your practitioner may suggest:
Aconite, Arsen alb., Ignatia, Nat mur., Chamomilla, and Colchicum are useful homeopathic remedies. Note, however, that homeopathic treatment tends to be constitutional in nature and is therefore normally long-term, but usually successful.
Home Remedy/Treatment for Trigger Finger:
Rest the fingers and stretch out after every 8 hours of work.
Alternate placing your hand in ice cold water and hot water – each for five seconds. Repeat this for 5 minutes every day once.
Take a homeopathic remedy called arnica Montana 30, 3 times daily for 7 days in a month for 3 months in this way.
Anti-inflammatory herbs effectively support the broader treatment of carpal tunnel syndrome. A simple approach involves combining equal parts of meadowsweet and willow bark tinctures and taking one teaspoonful of this mixture three times a day. Other useful herbs include aloe vera, butcher`s broom, corn silk, devil`s claw, cayenne (capsicum), ginkgo, gravel root, marshmallow, skullcap, turmeric (curcumin), wintergreen oil, yarrow, yucca.
Yoga – The physical postures and breathing exercises comprising the practice of yoga have long been proven by scientific research to promote feelings of relaxation while simultaneously strengthening the body. Research conducted since the 1970s has shown that regular yoga practice not only relieves stress, and stressful emotions such as anxiety and depression, but also improves blood pressure rates and overall cardiovascular health. Yoga is also effective for reducing pain, improving gastrointestinal and respiratory function, and for improving cognitive function and enhancing sight and hearing.
Note: If you are just beginning to explore yoga, it is recommended that you initially do so under the guidance of a trained yoga instructor who can guide you to become aware of the subtleties involved in each yoga posture as well as the corresponding method of breathing.
Qigong – Is a wonderful form of exercise, breath work and meditation to relieve stress and tension in the body. See article section for more information about the art of qigong.
Traditional Chinese Medicine – Ancient Healingwww.naturalcures.com/healthblog/traditional_chinese_ancient_healing.php
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Hypnotherapy for stress management – why it is so effectivewww.naturalcures.com/healthblog/hypnotherapy_for_stress.php
Ayurvedic treatment of trigger finger without surgery:kottathilayurveda.blogspot.co.uk/2011/09/trigger-finger-recovery-without-surgery.html
Healing the body meditation www.youtube.com/watch?v=UFh-Km4AXeE&feature=related
EFT for treating disease www.garythink.com/eft/physicial.html
Further Information (links and books)
Trigger Finger Cure: A Comprehensive Guide and Toolkit for Trigger Finger, Locking Finger, Video Game Thumb Pain… by Joshua L Sho
Supplements for trigger finger www.livestrong.com/article/427380-trigger-finger-supplements
Prescription for Nutritional Healing, Fifth Edition: A Practical A-to-Z Reference to Drug-Free Remedies Using Vitamins, Minerals, Herbs & Food … A-To-Z Reference to Drug-Free Remedies) by Phyllis Balch
Aromatherapy: A Complete Guide to the Healing Art by Kathi Keville and Mindi Green
Detox and revitalize by Susana L. Belen
The Secret Language of Your Body by Inna Segal
The Healing Herbs: The Ultimate Guide to the Curative Power of Nature’s Medicines by Michael Castleman and Prevention Magazine
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