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How To Relieve Trigger Finger Pain
How much does it take torecover a trigger finger pain after taking a cortisone shot? Pls illustrate where exactly the injection must be taken
Very quick: I have had trigger finger injections. They do hurt a little. I use a cold spray on the skin to numb that area prior to doing the injection. The injection includes local anesthetic as well. Shot hurts less that the trigger finger locking up. Shot goes in the flexion crease where the finger meets the hand. Good luck. You can do it! ...Read more
How muchtime does it take to recover from a trigger finger pain after taking a cortisone shot, can you also explain where exactly it is taken?
Few days max: Sometimes can have what's known as a steroid flare where your pain becomes worse after getting a "cortisone" injection. Icing it and taking anti-inflammatory medications (nsaids) helps; can also try topical creams. Talk to your doctor if its been more than a few days and not getting better. ...Read more
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
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
Looking for relief of thumb trigger finger, the popping of the thumb happens when I relax at sleep....
Le me help you:
Treatment for trriger thumb wll be.
This includes oral nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, steroid injection, and judicious use of a a hand-based splint that prevents motion of the metacarpophalangeal (mp) and interphalangeal (ip) joints of the thumb (each maintained in 15 degrees of flexion).
If those do not work surgery is very effective. ...Read more
I am about 38weeks pregnant and my doctor says I may be developing trigger finger. What could be causing this & how can I relieve it?
Reduce swelling: Occasional swelling in the extremities during pregnancy is very common and it is not unusual to experience symptoms if trigger finger and carpal tunnel during this time. Maneuvers to decrease swelling such as sleeping with your hands elevated on pillows or with lymphatic massage it compression may help to alleviate symptoms. ...Read more
What is the treatment for trigger finger? Have had for 2 days and keeps locking & clicking. Tried splint overnight but no relief. Not swollen or pain.
Trigger finger: Tape the finger which is sticking or "triggering " to the one next to it for several days. Start consistent use of NSAID like ibuprofen 600 mg with food 3x a day for 10-14 days. Continue to splint affected finger out straight at nite for several weeks. Avoid activities which produce finger pain or triggering ...Read more
Surgery: Trigger finger developes due to binding of the flexor tendons at the a1 pulley at the distal palmar crease. Sometimes responds to steroid injection but frequently requires surgical release of the pulley to allow for tendon glide allowing finger to straighten. If triggering is chronic this can cause ligament contracture at pip joint limiting joint extension. See hand surgeon. ...Read more
Corticosteroid shot: Corticosteroid injections are often beneficial in relieving the painful clicking or locking of trigger fingers/thumbs. Consult your hand surgeon. Occasionally, surgical intervention is needed in those cases where corticosteroid injections are not particularly helpful. ...Read more
Trigger finger: Can respond to ice and inflammatories. 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 ...Read more
Yes: Develops secondary to binding of the flexor tendons at the a1 pulley at the distal palmer crease of the finger involved. Can be due to inflammation around the tendons or constriction of the pulley this can be painful due to the inflammatory reaction or degree of locking. But not all the time. ...Read more
Try an injection: You can try ice and over-the-counter anti-inflammatories. In general the best treatment initially is an injection of cortisone, you have an approximately 70% chance of the trigger finger going away with injections alone. If the symptoms continue you can consider a procedure called a trigger finger release which will permanently resolve your symptoms. ...Read more
Severe Tendonitis: Trigger finger is a common disorder of later adulthood characterized by catching, snapping or locking of the involved finger flexor tendon, associated with dysfunction and pain. A disparity in size between the flexor tendon and the surrounding retinacular pulley system, most commonly at the level of the first annular (a1) pulley, results in difficulty flexing or extending the finger. ...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
... Can be helpful. Mostly it's important to avoid activities that "provoke" symptoms.
Trigger finger/thumb is really a tendon irritation that may need medical care if it persists or interferes with function. If your finger/thumb "locks" in a bent or straight position, you really should seek medical evaluation and care.
The problem is much more common in diabetics and arthritics. ...Read more
Hard to say, but: Look for a hand surgeon who does the procedure with local anaesthesia in his office. This avoids the extra cost of hospital or surgery center facility fee and avoids the anaesthesia fee. It is like going to the dentist. Since it is done in the office, you and the doctor can agree on a fee. ...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
Minimize trauma: Minimize ongoing trauma to hand. Limit repetitive aggressive motion but continue to work on gentle range of motion of affected finger. Might consider wearing an extension wrist brace or buddy tape finger during sleep to limit triggering. Ice, nsaid, massage over palmer flexion crease to flatten tendon/ inflammation. Go see physician if locks frequently or stays locked. Injection? Surgery? ...Read more
I took a cortison shot to cure my trigger finger, what is the best I can do to avoid having it again?
Trigger finger: There is no good explanation for why someone will develop a trigger finger. Because of this I'm afraid I don't know of anything you can do to prevent one. ...Read more
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