Treating Trigger Finger with Alternative Therapy Orlando
Trigger finger is a painful condition that can cause the fingers or thumb to catch or lock in a bent position. This problem often stems from inflammation of tendons that are located within a protective covering called the tendon sheath.
The affected tendons are tough, fibrous bands of tissue that connect the muscles of the forearm to your finger and thumb bones. Together, the tendons and muscles allow you to bend and extend your fingers and thumb.
A tendon usually glides quite easily through the tissue that covers it because of a lubricating membrane surrounding the joint called the synovium. Occasionally a tendon may become inflamed and swollen. When this happens, bending the finger or thumb may pull the inflamed portion through a narrowed sheath. Trigger finger may be caused by highly repetitive or forceful use of the finger and thumb. Medical conditions that cause changes in tissues, such as rheumatoid arthritis, gout, or diabetes also may result in trigger finger. Prolonged, strenuous grasping, such as with power tools, also may aggravate the condition.
People that typically get trigger finger are farmers, industrial workers, and musicians are frequently affected by trigger finger since they rely on their fingers or thumbs for multiple repetitive movements. Trigger finger is more common in women than in men and tends to occur most frequently in people who are between 40 and 60 years of age.
One of the first symptoms may be soreness at the base of the finger or thumb, on the palm of the hand. The most common symptom is a painful clicking or snapping when attempting to flex or extend the affected finger. This catching sensation tends to worsen after periods of inactivity and loosen up with movement.
In some cases, the finger or thumb that is affected locks in a flexed position or in an extended position as the condition becomes more severe, and must be gently straightened with the other hand. Joint contraction or stiffening may eventually occur.
No X-rays or lab tests are used to diagnose trigger finger. It is generally diagnosed following a physical exam of the hand and fingers. In some cases, the affected finger may be swollen and there may be a nodule or bump over the joint in the palm of the hand. The finger also may be locked in a flexed (bent) position, or it may be stiff and painful.
The first step to recovery is to limit activities that aggravate trigger finger. Occasionally, your doctor may put a splint on the affected hand to restrict the joint movement. If symptoms continue, anti-inflammatory medications, such as ibuprofen or naproxen, may be prescribed. Your doctor may also recommend an injection of a steroid medication into the tendon sheath. If the condition does not respond to conservative measures or consistently recurs, alternative therapy should be considered before you resort to surgery to release the tendon sheath and restore movement. Acupuncture can be helpful to relieve joint pain, but the results are not going to happen over night. Depending on how long a patient has had this condition can affect how long the treatments may take. For example, someone that has an acute case may respond faster to alternative therapy, maybe 6-8 weeks, as opposed to a more chronic condition that could take months. This should not discourage on from trying alternative medicine, it is important to establish the treatment protocol and how long you might need to have treatments to decide if acupuncture is right for you.
Also, adding natural herbs can also help reduce the inflammation rather than take over the counter ant-inflammatory medicine.
If you think you want to try traditional Chinese medicine to help with your trigger finger, call today to set up a complimentary consultation. Four Seasons Acupuncture services the residents of Orlando, Winter Park, Altamonte Springs, Longwood, Lake Mary, and Maitland.
We are located at the corner of 17-92 and Horatio in Maitland.
110 N. Orlando Ave. Suite 3 Maitland, Florida 32751