Trigger finger is a common condition that can affect anyone. The medical term that explains trigger finger is known as Stenosing Tenosynovitis. The problem is characterized by a sudden difficulty in bending or moving the affected finger, followed by a sharp pain in the finger in question. It is called ‘Trigger finger’ because when the finger snaps back to place, the action it similar to the resetting of a trigger after pulling the gun.
Some common symptoms for trigger finger are:
- Stiffness in the finger, especially in the morning.
- Tenderness in the base of the palm.
- A sudden locking or clicking sensation every time the finger is bent or moved.
- Locked finger, that pains when straightened.
Trigger finger is usually diagnosed by physical examination by the doctor only. It can be treated in two ways.
- Injection of the tendon sheath with a corticosteroid.
- Surgical procedures (The surgery that in involved is very simple. It is usually performed under general anesthesia by the outpatient department only)
Fortunately, the cure for trigger finger seldom involves surgery or other such drastic measures. A small yet effective device known as trigger finger splint is available in the market, that is specifically designed to help in the healing process of trigger finger.
A trigger finger splint is basically ‘a cast’ that is put around the finger to support and speed up the healing process of the finger. It helps to immobilize the finger and give it the extra support it needs while healing. The splint is made with ample amount of padding so that it is comfortable against the skin. The padding is generally made of polyurethane foam material, while the outer side has a soft brushed backing.
They help the finger by providing support to the base of the finger so that the least amount of strain falls on the muscles and tendons of the affected area.
These finger splints come in sleek and streamlined designs. They cause absolutely no hindrance to daily activities, and can be worn while driving, working or even while sleeping.