Living with Hand Pain blog — Trigger Finger

What is Trigger Finger?

Trigger Finger

What is Trigger Finger?

Trigger Finger (also known as 'stenosing tenosynovitis') occurs when inflammation narrows the space within the sheath that surrounds the tendon in the affected finger. 

The finger or thumb may become stuck in a bent position. 

Your finger can bend or straighten with a snap, like a trigger being pulled and released, hence the name.

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How to find a great Hand Therapist

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How to find a great Hand Therapist

It's important to find a therapist that specializes in hand and upper extremity rehabilitation. The easiest way to know if your physical or occupational therapist specializes in hands is to look for the letters "CHT" after their name, which stands for "Certified Hand Therapist". 

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Ask Trevor CHT: Heat or cold?

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Ask Trevor CHT: Heat or cold?

Crystal asks:

"Is it better to use heat or cold to relieve hand pain?"

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Ask Trevor CHT: How can I relieve Trigger Finger?

Ask Trevor CHT Trigger Finger

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?"

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Treating the whole person to treat hands

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Treating the whole person to treat hands

In most medical professions, we tend to put different parts of the human condition into neat little boxes. As a hand therapist, early on in my career I tried just to treat hands, wrists and elbows with the occasional shoulder thrown in when warranted. 

The problem was, I often times would feel like Bugs Bunny trying to stop leaks in a dam.

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