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Trigger Finger Surgery Can Be Avoided With Care

By Jessica Colby

Our bodies are an amazing anatomical wonder. The attempt to replicate the strength the human body is capable of using only a structural core formed using a material weighing no more than our skeletons remains unachievable. Sadly, with this complexity it is perhaps only natural that the aging process would reveal some difficulties over time. Some of these inevitable aches and pains are not forgone conclusions. With proper prevention, trigger finger surgery may never be required.

Almost all of us have met or know someone whose fingers appear to be permanently bent. This physical ailment known as trigger finger can actually occur in any digit of the hand. In fact, the most likely digits to be affected are the thumb, the middle finger and ring finger. The name likely came from the position the index finger remains in when it is the one affected. In addition there is a popping sound that is associated with the problem.

In order for us to function properly in movement or as we work, our fingers necessarily require greater strength than their narrow size would seem to allow. The body circumvents the size restriction by ingenious use of pulleys and cables. The cables are, of course, our tendons, which are extensions of the large forearm muscles. With the strength of those muscle bundles transferred to the fingers, we can do some amazing things, unless there is a problem within the mechanics the process requires.

Unfortunately, by thickening the tissue through which the tendon passes, the orifice become smaller and the tendon itself also becomes irritated. Naturally, our body then thickens the tendon itself to ensure it is strong enough for the increased friction it must endure. This combination results in increased pain and difficulty in movement.

The in turn causes enlargement of the tendon tissue itself. The increased friction caused by these two events makes the tissue of the tendon ball up into a nodule. This means that increasing tension must be used to straighten the finger. With the extra effort the tissue pops through the entrance to the tunnel and the finger can be moved, but with pain.

Without treatment, the condition can get progressively worse with increasing pain and requiring additional effort to straighten the finger. Primary methods for treating this condition progressed and there is plenty to ensure that an adequate time for the joint fluid to be released and the cause of the irritation to resolve.

For a musician or a touch typist, the impact of this malady can seem extremely severe, yet is is rightly considered a relatively minor medical condition as it is not life threatening and for the most part does not evoke a disability so severe as to degrade the quality of life. Still, considering it can be arrested if action is taken at its earliest onset, it is a condition one should take seriously.

Over-the-counter pain medications may be used to mitigate the pain. There are also devices that can be used to hold your finger in a position most amenable to relief. Should the conditions continue to the point where the increased pain is unbearable, trigger finger surgery may be only way to gain relief.

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Colby, Jessica "Trigger Finger Surgery Can Be Avoided With Care." Trigger Finger Surgery Can Be Avoided With Care. 12 Jul. 2010. 25 Jul 2014 <>.

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