Did You Know Trigger Finger is a Diagnosis?

Did You Know Trigger Finger is a Diagnosis?

In light of recent events, there has been a lot of talk on gun control and legislature change. My company is even hosting an event for local companies to attend to learn about Active Shooter scenarios via the local police department. We live in some sad and trying times currently, and to make my point, I would like to tell a quick story of a patient I saw the other day. The patient came to me upset, anxious and in pain on several levels. The patient was afraid that people would view them in a negative light because they now had a “trigger finger”. I had to explain not to worry, and I had to reframe the discussion, but I asked, “Did you know trigger finger is a diagnosis?” He looked at me with a quizzical look.

What is Trigger Finger?

Trigger finger is a medical diagnosis for one of your fingers getting stuck in a bent position. (Like squeezing a trigger). Your finger may bend or straighten to a clicking or snapping sound like when the trigger is pulled and released. Trigger finger is also called stenosing tenosynovitis. It occurs when inflammation shrinks the space within the sheath that surrounds the tendon in the bent finger. If trigger finger is severe enough, your finger can become locked in a bent position. People who perform a job or hobby that requires repetitive gripping actions are at higher risk of developing trigger finger. The condition is also more common in diabetics and women. Treatment of trigger finger varies depending on the severity, but Physical Therapy is generally a good starting point. Simply explaining this to the patient put him at ease.

ONE THING I LEARNED TODAY:

People can get worried about terminology and medical jargon. If you ever feel like you are unsure of something, feel free to ask your medical provider for clarification. If they can’t (or won’t) give it to you, then perhaps its time to find another provider. Maybe you feel like you are having Trigger Finger like symptoms; feel free to contact your physical therapist.

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