Ask Trevor CHT: How can I relieve Trigger Finger?

Bethany asks:

"I have a trigger finger (the index on my left hand). Is there anything I can do to help this - it does come and go?"

Certified Hand Therapist Trevor says:

"Trigger Finger is an inflammation of a tendon sheath as it passes through a ligament at the base of the finger. That Catch-22 of trigger finger is that the tendon gets most of its nutrition in this area by gliding through it’s synovial sheath, but gliding excessively is what causes the irritation to begin with.

People with mild trigger finger will often find that contrast baths (alternating hot and cold) help loosen things up.

In addition, I sometimes have people wrap their finger with a Coban wrap that allows some motion but slows them down enough to allow healing.

Don’t wait too long to consult with a hand surgeon or hand therapist if symptoms worsen. Evidence shows that conservative management has very little success if a frigger finger progresses to the point that you have to use your other hand to straighten your finger.

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Trevor Petrie, Certified Hand Therapist

Trevor Petrie is a Certified Hand Therapist with a Master’s degree in Occupational Therapy from the University of Washington.

He has been helping people with hand and upper extremity pain and injuries since 2012.

Over the course of his career, he has treated hundreds of people with chronic pain stemming from a myriad of causes including osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, carpal tunnel and tendinitis. No two people experience these issues the exact same way, so Trevor strives to find the best evidence-based approach that works for each person’s individual needs in order to get back to living their best lives.