Advisory by Marcus Heng, Guardian Pharmacist
Trigger finger is a condition in which the fingers are painfully stuck in a bent position – ouch! Read on to learn essential facts about trigger finger.
What is trigger finger?
This is a condition in which the fingers (or the thumb) are painfully locked in a bent position.
What causes it?
Repeated use of finger joints (e.g. from frequent computer use) may cause inflammation of the finger tendon that leads to trigger finger. It is more common in people aged over 40, women, diabetics and rheumatoid arthritis sufferers.
How can it be treated?
Rest or restrict movement of the affected joint. Symptoms usually improve after 3-4 weeks. At that time, gentle massage and light stretching exercises can help with healing.
To reduce pain and swelling, ice or oral anti-inflammatory medication may also be used. Do consult your doctor or pharmacist for advice on suitable medication.