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Arthritis And Trigger Finger
Can arthritis cause trigger finger in multiple fingers? If yes, will the trigger finger subside once the arthritis is under control?
Potentially: Trigger finger is caused when inflammation if the flexor tendon causes a nodular enlargement of the tendon; and that nodule then catches on the entrance to the flexor tendon sheath. It is not directly caused by arthritis, but sometimes the same underlying cause of the arthritis can also lead to a trigger finger. ...Read more
A condition where there is progressive degeneration of one or more joints. Symptoms may include joint pain, swelling, decreased motion, and stiffness. The two most common types of arthritis are osteoarthritis, which is associated first with articular cartilage breakdown with a component of inflammation, and rheumatoid arthritis, which is a systemic autoimmune disorder that affects joint linings first and secondarily ...Read more
May contribute: Trigger finger is not an arthritis, but it is a nodular swelling of a flexor tendon that can cause the tendon to catch on the pulley system of the finger as it flexes and extends. It's usual cause is inflammatory. So, having an systemic inflammatory condition like a person with psoriatic arthritis has, their can be an increased risk. Thank you for the question. ...Read more
Can an X-ray show if u have trigger finger and/or arthritis? I really need a test done to satisfy myself before surgery is done.
Are there any alternatives to medication for alleviating trigger finger pain and arthritis in both hands?
Phonophotesis: Phonophoresis is effective for trigger finger. Phonophotesis is application of a steroid gel by way of ultrasound. This is a physical medicine modality used by physiatrists (pm&r specialist). The steroid application can relieve the inflamed pulley system of the finger tendon. If this is not helpful then a hand surgeon consult is recommended. ...Read more
1finger is swollen, hard to bend down. Easy to straighten. Trigger finger? Neg test for arthritis. Worse late nite or early morn. Docs mixed opinions.
Need more info: If you can flex it, it is not a trigger finger, which usually are not swollen. If itchy or tingly but has little tenderness, and has been present days, not weeks, and swelled up within day, it likely is non-hereditary angioedema, which may be triggered by something you have become sensitized to. Relief is quick with an oral steroid like prednisone, and a strong antihistamine like Benadryl. ...Read more
Said to have trigger finger. Not convinced. Finger joint get stuck then painful pop, then fine again. Swells at night only. Neg test arthritis. Ideas?
Trigger finger: You have just described trigger finger. The treatment is physical therapy, followed by steroid injection, followed by surgery. There is an alternative treatment with a chemical however not everyone is doing it and it is not FDA approved for trigger finger. Some surgeons do attempt trigger finger release is in their Office, depending on experience and skill this may have unpredictable results. ...Read more
Been to MANY docs already. How can I tell before I have surgery if I have trigger finger or just arthritis in 1 single finger joint. Shot helped much!
Exam: A physical exam alone can usually detect the difference between a trigger finger and an arthritic joint, although it should be noted that some patients may have both. ...Read more
Have Trigger Finger/Pain Accompanied w/Arthritis in the middle digit on left hand Which Pain relievers would work the best???
If indeed you have-: -a trigger finger, surgery is usually indicated. A cortisone injection can be tried, but they are usually not long lasting. Surgery is my rec. ...Read more
Third finger of left hand is a "trigger" finger when arthritis acts up. Now I'm having weakness in hand. Could it be related to a receshoulder injury?
Probably not: Trigger fingers are common problems for many people. If this continues all of the time, you can get an injection that will take care of the problem and rarely a small surgery. The weakness is likely a result of the arthritis or carpal tunnel or cubital tunnel syndrome. I recommend you see a hand surgeon to have an evaluation and get some of these issues addressed. ...Read more
I have arthritis. I have had several hand surgeries for trigger finger. Now my hand cramps and a finger locks. It happens with different fingers.?
Many potential considerations, carpal
Tunnel syndrome being high on the list. Don't hesitate to be seen. ...Read more
Shoe inserts as teen, joint ft. Surgery@26 @36 immobilizing pins in between cortisone shots. Carpal tunnel on both, trigger finger, enlarged distal joints on some fingers. Arthritis? What kind?
Physical examination: Trigger finger is caused when the space between the flexor tendon and the tendon sheath (tunnel) becomes tight. It becomes difficult to bend the finger and it may become stuck, either in flexion (bent) or extension (straight). This can be seen on physical exam. Typically the hand is tender over the horizontal crease in the hand. This is more common in diabetics. ...Read more
Trigger fingers: Come in different grades. From mild pain with no catching. To locked fingers that do not hurt. If there is a slight click and no pain you may decide not to do anything after you see your doctor as long as the diagnosis is verified. Having a slight painless trigger finger is a common finding ...Read more
Do U mean U=artist?: There r 2 things that can b done besides nothing. An injection helps quite a few, but most need a surgical release of the tendon sheath. If u mean arthritis ; a trigger thumb, the treatment 4 trigger is the same, but depending on where the arthritis is, it is treated as a separate condition. ...Read more
Sometimes: Surgery has excellent results in relieving trigger finger. Occasionally patients will respond to conservative management such as steroid injections and do not require further treatment. Patients with diabetes generally do not respond as well from injections and require surgery more often than those without diabetes. Other options include endoscopic and percutaneous release. ...Read more
See a hand surgeon: Trigger finger symptoms can be bothersome and progressive. While many will resolve with steroid injection alone, some require surgical release. The a1 pulley is the structure that is released in this procedure allowing the tendon to glide freely. ...Read more
OMT Technique: Myofascial release is an osteopathic manipulative treatment used by dos to relieve strain/restriction in muscle & its surrounding tissue (fascia). Strain keeps the tissue "stuck" in 1 position, making it harder to move in that position. Different ways to do it. It is often done by moving the tissue the way it wants to go, which in turn frees up the strain. Can be used to treat most restrictions. ...Read more
No: Though we have not identified a genetic cause for trigger fingers, I have found anecdotally that some people have a genetic predisposition to getting trigger fingers. In other words, I have had patients with trigger fingers who told me that one of their parents also had a trigger finger. Diabetes can increase your chance of developing a trigger finger. ...Read more
Trigger finger: Can respond to ice if it is painful and swollen in the palm. Miil heat if it is stiff and locking without swelling, massage of the palm, topical anti-inflammatories placed in the palm and gentle not forceful range of motion, How ever the clinical presentation or severity of trigger finger varies a lot i.e. they are not all the same. If one tries these and fails see a hand doctor ...Read more
Can respond to ice and antiinflammatories. However if the problem is persistent it's been shown that between 47 and 90% of trigger fingers get better with a single solitary corticosteroid injection
In cases where persistent problems exist that are bothersome surgery can be offered but just existence of a click does not mean one needs treatment ...Read more
Cause trigger finger: Trigger finger occurs from swelling or inflammation in the palm at the base of a finger where the flexor (bending) tendon enters the finger. This swelling leads to pain and sometimes popping and locking in one position as the finger is bent and straightened (so called 'triggering'). Direct trauma or overused of the hand for grasping can cause this, as can diseases like diabetes but not scoliosis. ...Read more
Traumatic tiggering: With a laceration may resolve if it is due to a small minor injury to the tendon or the tendon sheath or to swelling but a partial tendon laceration or a partial sheath laceration could result in triggering that continues and the tendon or the sheath may need to be derided or at least released. Make sure there is not inflammation related to infection or foreign body, see a hand surgeon. ...Read more
No: No trigger finger does not spread from a finger but it can affect more fingers if you continue highly repetitive/ gripping finger activities. ...Read more
Usually not: Trigger finger is a problem with finger tendons and how they work to move a finger. Raynaud's phenomenon is a problem with spasm of arteries in the fingers, blocking blood flow. They are not directly related, but people with raynaud's syndrome can have connective tissue disorders, so may also have trigger finger. Overuse injuries, such as in certain jobs, can cause trigger finger and/or raynaud's. ...Read more