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Occupational Therapy for Trigger Finger

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Trigger finger is a colloquial term for stenosing tenosynovitis, also known as flexor tendonitis. It happens when the fingers become stiff and lock, or stays stuck when you trying to bend them. Straightening these fingers can be done with a quick snap or pull, which is similar to releasing the trigger of a gun, hence the term “trigger finger.”

The cause of trigger finger is either inflammation or scarring of the tendons, which prevents the finger from sliding normally within the tendon sheath. It can arise following an injury, or extensive use of the hands and fingers.

However, according to the University of Michigan Medicine, trigger finger is quite common among 40 to 60-year-old people who suffer from diabetes and rheumatoid arthritis. It is more prevalent in women than in men.

Treating Trigger Finger with Occupational Therapy 

Doctors usually recommend conservative treatments like anti-inflammatory medications or steroid injections before opting for a more drastic treatment like surgery. Occupational therapy is also a crucial part of the rehabilitation of a trigger finger with a reported 66-92% recovery rate, according to a study in the journal of Occupational Therapy International

In occupational therapy, Miami, we specialize in providing the best hand therapy services in the area for a variety of hand conditions. Don’t hesitate to book an appointment with us to enjoy a personalized approach to occupational therapy for your trigger finger.

The following may be applied or undertaken to treat trigger finger:

  • Splint

Wearing a splint will temporarily protect and restore the strength of the affected finger.

  • Cold compress

Also known as ice therapy. This works to dull the pain and reduce the inflammation. This process should be repeated 3 to 4 times a day for 5-10 minutes per session.

  • Warm water soak

This 10-minute repeated treatment relaxes the fingers’ stiff tendons and muscles. 

  • Finger exercises

Some gentle stretching can improve the finger’s flexibility and strength, as well as improve its range of motion.

  • Massage

This loosens up the tendon’s adhesion as well as improves blood circulation. 

Our Miami occupational therapist may also advise the patient to rest the injured finger and limit activities that require its use, such as typing or using gadgets. Depending on the severity of the condition, immobilization might take two to four weeks.

Symptoms of Trigger Finger

Doctors will have to evaluate the tenderness of the fingers, the thickness of the swelling or inflammation, and the actual finger that’s locked, bent or injured. Apart from the locking, this condition may manifest symptoms like:

  • Frequent finger stiffness, especially upon waking up in the morning
  • Difficulty in gripping objects that may cause the fingers to lock
  • Snapping or popping sensation when trying to straighten the stiff finger
  • Bumps or nodules on the affected finger, especially in the base
  • Swelling of the finger
  • Pain in the hand

Miami occupational therapist – your trusted health care provider for trigger finger

Anyone with a trigger finger should consider calling a doctor or an occupational therapist. The earlier the treatment and rehabilitation process begins, the faster you’ll return to good health.

The treatment provided at our occupational therapy clinic in Miami leads to pain relief, shorter treatment duration, improved treatment results, and decreased indirect expenses resulting from the injury. For inquiries, Contact Us.


The material contained on this site is for informational purposes only and DOES NOT CONSTITUTE THE PROVIDING OF MEDICAL ADVICE, and is not intended to be a substitute for independent professional medical judgment, advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified healthcare providers with any questions or concerns you may have regarding your health.

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