Trigger Finger Snapping Treatment Graston Sioux City
Trigger finger is a painful condition that can progress with time to be debilitating and limiting. It is more likely to affect women than men, and those between the ages of 40 and 60 are most susceptible. It may begin as a stiffness, tightness, dull pain, or tenderness at the base of the finger. Over time, the stiffness increases and makes it more difficult for the finger to flex and extend. Moderate cases of trigger finger develops a pea-sized bump in the palm of the hand or base of the finger. The bump clicks or snaps as the finger is flexed and extended. More serious conditions develop a larger bump that prevents the finger from moving.
Trigger finger is a result of inflammation of the tendon or sheath. Tendons often travel in protective sheaths, which decreases friction and rubbing on adjacent tissue. Think of a straw and a small rope. The small rope slides easily within the straw. If the rope became inflamed, it would increase in size, making it difficult to slide through the straw. Further damage to the rope produces a knot on the rope, again limiting movement through the straw. Severe cases create large knots that cannot “travel through the straw”, leaving the finger permanently flexed. With time. a person may see two or three fingers permanently flexed.
Diagnosing trigger finger is usually done by examining the affected area. A description of the clicking and popping, combined with describing the tenderness, helps to diagnose trigger finger. X-rays and MRIs are not usually needed.
Treatment focuses on decreasing pain and inflammation of the tendon and sheath. The injured tissue may be injected with anti-inflammatory medication to decrease swelling, pain, and tenderness. However, very severe cases may require surgery to cut the scar tissue and adhesions that prevent the tendon from sliding in the sheath.
Mild to moderate cases can be successfully treated with conservative therapy. Cold laser therapy is an excellent tool for decreasing pain and inflammation in muscles, tendons, and sheaths. Graston technique is another excellent tool for breaking the fascial adhesions or restrictions that prevents the tendon from sliding in the sheath. Combining these treatments with physical therapy further increases flexibility and elasticity of the affected tissue, and also helps to break down adhesions.
Trigger finger is a condition where a person should seek treatment earlier rather than later. Cases that have been occurring for a few weeks are much more easily treated with Graston, cold laser, and stretches. Cases that have been progressing for years and develop massive nodules and scar tissue often require surgery before any therapy can be performed.