The human body is truly a marvelous machine. It is efficient and with care, can last for nearly a century for most of us and more than that for the rare few. There are few man made devices anywhere near as complicated that last even close to that amount of time. Unfortunately, while the body will continue to function, over time things do tend to have complications. For our highly complex hands, trigger finger treatment can effectively eliminate one annoying malady.
Most of us take the basic ability to use our hands for granted, and for most of us we will have no serious problems as long as we take care and manage to avoid accidents. But for some, especially for those suffering from a diagnosis of rheumatoid arthritis or diabetes, there is a condition that can sneak up on us. When it does, we are immediately aware of just how important the free and easy movement of our hands and fingers are. An ailment colloquially known as trigger finger, which aptly describes the physical manifestations of the problem, is an example.
Trigger finger, so named for the position the finger takes after high use or upon waking, is one of those conditions that can be very bothersome. Usually it affects a single digit of the hand, though it can occasionally affect multiple fingers simultaneously. The conditions is noticed by the sufferer because the affected finger requires conscious effort to open, or extend.
The mechanism by which we move our fingers employs the use of tendons, which are attached to bones of the finger and move back and forth through tiny tunnels also created by tissue. This means that every time we move our fingers, they are sliding through this mechanism. If one imagines recreating this mechanically with cables and pulleys, we can gain an appreciation for the resiliency of our bodies which allow this activity to continue throughout a lifetime of constant use.
Although it is not usually accompanied by any precipitating event such injury, the tendon becomes irritated, with arthritis or diabetes the usual causal agent. Once the irritation occurs, the body reacts to this affliction by inducing the tendon to thicken in a response intended to increase its strength. Because it must fit through a small area of tissue, these tissue may also thicken as the are impacted by the now enlarged tendon which results in a smaller opening.
With the enlarged tendon restricted by the swollen tissue of the tunnel, the tendon can be restricted to the point of momentarily sticking at the opening to the tunnel, which with increasing pressure form the effort to extend the finger, will pop as it forces its way through. This event is almost always accompanied by pain in various degrees. The cause is not always known, but it is important to seek medical attention for the condition.
This condition affects women more often than men, and it affects all sufferers as the reach 40 to 60 years of age. Because it is not truly critical to our health, it is often dismissed as another uncomfortable and annoying part of growing old. In rare cases, the condition can progress to the stage where the individual cannot extend the affected finger at all and it requires surgery to enlarge the tunnels and restore movement. All of that can be prevented by seeking trigger finger treatment as soon as it appears.
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