We see a lot of patients who suffer from musculoskeletal conditions involving the wrist and hand. One common condition we achieve great results with is known as stenosing tennosynovitisof the finger, otherwise known as “trigger finger”. “Stenosing” refers to a constriction of the tiny tunnel or passageway through which the finger tendon passes. “Tennosynovitis” refers to the irritation and thickening of the lining around the tendon.
If your work activities or hobbies require strenuous gripping or repetitive hand movements, you may be at risk for developing a trigger finger.
A trigger finger is the “locking” or “catching” of a finger joint as you attempt to straighten it from a flexed position. It may be intermittent happening only on occasion during certain activities, or it could become a constant problem causing restriction of your finger.
Although there are numerous causative factors for developing this condition, there is a specific mechanical, joint misalignment problem that leads to a trigger finger.
Finger motion occurs as a result of your forearm muscles contracting. There are long cords called tendons that connect the muscles in your forearm to the individual bones in each of your fingers.
There are little pulley-like ligaments near your finger joints that allow those tendons to glide freely as you bend your fingers into a fist. Healthy hand function requires optimal alignment of those finger joints and pulley-like ligaments.
When one or more of the individual finger joints loses its healthy alignment, it may cause stress and tension on those tendons that flex the fingers into a fist. As a result the tendon will lose its ability to glide effortlessly past those pulley-like ligaments. This may eventually lead to the development of a trigger finger.
Many people have come to believe that the only way to correct a trigger finger is to have surgery. That’s actually the farthest thing from the truth.
At our chiropractic clinic we focus on adjusting the tiny bones and joints in the wrist and hand. This gentle, specific hand and finger adjusting process can alleviate the tension and stress from the finger joints and tendons. Regaining healthy finger joint alignment will help your trigger finger condition to resolve naturally, without the need for surgery.
Of course every patient’s individual condition is unique so it would be important to come in for an evaluation for your hand problem. That would allow us to do a thorough assessment and let you know your best health options.