Trigger finger or defined as “Locking finger” is a condition in which the fingers are locked in a bent position so that the finger can not be moved at all or freezes. The initial symptoms experienced difficulty bending or straightening the fingers, accompanied by pain.

Inflammation and swelling of the tendons or the condition of the connective tissue contained in the fingers causes the fingers stalled. If this condition occurs, the tendon will be difficult to return to its original position so that the fingers can not be straightened.

Trigger Finger

Trigger Finger

Causes of Trigger Finger

  • Frequently Activities Involving Finger
  • Trigger finger is often associated with repetitive activities or jobs that require the use of your fingers for a long time. Too long typing on keyboards, cell phones, driving or using certain tools such as welding is performed repetitive activities. However, there is no research that proves that doing repetitive activities with high intensity causes swelling of the tendon.
  • Many people with metabolic disorders, such as diabetes, and patients who undergo hormonal changes, such as women who had just given birth has symptoms of trigger finger. This disorder is also present in infants, in which the thumb bent and could not be straightened. Penangganannya using spilnt, such a tool for straightening.
  • Trigger finger is not associated with rheumatic diseases. Arthritic joints are attacked. While on the trigger finger that has the problem is the connective tissue outside the joint.

Symptoms of Trigger Finger

  • Symptoms of trigger finger can be divided into four categories, ranging from mild to severe. These symptoms usually begin appearing in the absence of injury. First, jai hard bent and straightened, but not accompanied by pain. Second, hard fingers bent and straightened and was accompanied by pain. Third, the finger is bent and straightened harder that the pain is more pain, there is usually swelling. Fourth is locked condition in which the fingers are really can not be bent or straightened.
  • It usually happens in the morning when just woke up. When the condition of sleep, the heart rate is different than when asleep. Circulation occurs more slowly in the body, which can lead to a kind of flooding, so there was a trigger finger.

How to Diagnose Trigger Finger?

Diagnosis can be done with the trigger finger directly ask patients about the grievances felt in the fingers. Enough with the clinical examination, it can be immediately known. So the use of x-ray is not required to confirm the diagnosis but will be good to have one done to exclude any bone problem.

Treatments for Trigger Finger

Avoid Massage

Massage is feared to worsen the condition of trigger finger trigger finger because in case that happens is that causes swelling of the tendon being pinched or jammed.

Handling trigger finger will be conducted in accordance with the level of severity. Finger on the trigger mild symptoms, can be treated with anti-inflammatory medication to address inflammation.

Non-surgical treatment

Non-surgical treatment includes avoiding activities that cause inflammation. Giving anti-inflammatory used to reduce discomfort caused by inflammation.

If it has been more than three weeks, then in addition to drug delivery, are also given steroids. Injecting steroids does not guarantee a permanent cure. Steroids can cure inflammation, but it is still possible inflammation reappeared.

Surgical Treatment

In the most severe cases or locked. Handling the only way is by surgery or surgery. The goal of surgery is to loose part of the tunnel that the tendons can move easily. Usually after finger surgery will be straightened out again. Recovering from surgery is relatively quick. The patient was able to direct as usual. However, full recovery will take about ten to fourteen days.

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