Have you ever made a fist and then realized you were unable to open your hand without a painful snap?
This condition is known as tenosynovitis and is commonly referred to as trigger finger. Trigger finger is a condition that occurs when there is excessive inflammation in the flexor tendons of the hand making it difficult for these tendons to glide through the tissue that covers it. When this happens, painful snapping or popping can occur when trying to straighten out you fingers. This can happen in one finger or multiple fingers and even in your thumb. Women and those with certain health conditions, like diabetes, are more susceptible to this condition. Some signs and symptoms to look for if you think you may be suffering from this are are follows:
* Finger stiffness, especially in the morning
* Popping and clicking when you move your finger
* Tender nodule at the base of the affected finger
* Finger catching or locking in the bent position and then suddenly pops straight
* Finger locked in the bent position and cannot straighten
Depending upon the severity and duration of the condition, there are multiple things that can be done to treat this. Treatment options range from gentle exercise, ice and avoidance of repetitive gripping to nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) and possible steroid injections. Surgery would be the last resort. Talk with your doctor or physical therapist if you think you may have this condition.
About the Author
Cindy Rice, PTA, PRC, has been with the Cantrell Center since 1999. She is one of only 5 Postural Restoration Certified Physical Therapists in the state of Georgia. Cindy is a Warner Robins native who attended Middle Georgia College in Cochran. There, she met her long-time friend and co-worker, Erin Bennett, and her now husband, Jamie. Together, Jamie and Cindy have two boys: Justin (15), and Drew (12). Cindy’s most memorable Cantrell Center moments were celebrating both the 10th and 20th anniversary of the Cantrell Center which was established in 1992.