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Trigger Finger Hand Physiotherapy



Trigger finger is specifically a painful finger and thumb condition, and is generally characterized by painful clicking or locking of the finger when making a fist. Trigger finger happens when tendons in the finger or thumb become inflamed. When this happens, bending the finger or thumb can pull the inflamed tendon through a narrowed tendon sheath, making it snap or pop.

What causes us to get or develop trigger finger?

The cause has not yet been confidently defined, although repetitive movements with forceful gripping is considered a possible cause (Lee, 2011).

Who gets trigger finger?

Trigger finger is a common hand condition that has 2.6% prevalence in the general population but is more common in women, in their 50s and 60s who also have arthritis and diabetes (Akhtar et al., 2005; Makkouk et al., 2008).

trigger finger treatment

Anti-inflammatory medication, activity modification, splinting, steroid injection and surgery are the most common treatment modalities used to manage trigger finger (Ryzewicz & Wolf, 2006). Research would indicate that Hand Therapy may be beneficial on all severity levels even if just minor pain relief for the more chronic/severe presentations (Lee et al., 2011).

Trigger Finger Hand Therapy

A thorough assessment is completed using subjective and objective methods to ensure the treatment is patient specific. This also depends on the different grade of trigger finger as this can result in different functional ability.

Customized Anti-Trigger Finger Splinting

To reduce use of the hand and pressure over the potentially painful nodule a customised thermoplastic splint is provided. Expert opinion would recommend three to six weeks for splinting or stopping once symptoms have resolved (Huisstede et al., 2014).

Studies have proven that orthotic use may have an increased long-term effect over steroid injection (Valdes, 2012) while both injection and splinting often compliment each other.

Therapeutic Ultrasound To Accelerate Soft Tissue Healing

Therapeutic ultrasound can assist in stimulating the inflammatory phase of healing (Roberston & Baker, 2001; Watson, 2008).

Localized Friction And Gentle Clinical Massage

Another treatment modality that can be applied to encourage tendon nutrition and circulation, assist in pain relief and reduce any edema is massage (Salim et al., 2011).

Rest & Protect The Injury

Resting the inflamed tendon is advised to stop irritation prolonging or worsening the pain. Carrying out exercises within the splint only is advised to reduce any stiffness.

Protected Mobilization And Movement

During the earlier stages, our senior hand therapist will provide gentle and protected joint and soft tissue gliding and mobilization such that the finger won't be triggered and still benefit from the gentle gliding motion that prevents joint stiffness from setting in.



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Phoenix Rehab Group works with specialist physiotherapists and rehab therapists who are highly trained, qualified, experienced and passionate to provide high level of expert care to our patients.



HAND THERAPY &  SPLINTING

Patients who sustained injuries to their elbows, forearms, hands, wrists (sprains and fractures) and fingers, and requires Hand Therapy to increase the function of their hand following injuries or post-operations as well as custom made hand splints.

Commonly treated hand pain injuries includes



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Clinical Pilates is a form of physical exercise that focuses on posture, core stability, balance, control, strength, flexibility, and breathing. It is a system of safe and effective exercises, which meet specific individual needs, to treat a wide range of injuries and conditions.

You may do Pilates as matwork or with the reformer or both, and every session will be customized 100% to your fitness, injury and tolerance.



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DEEP TISSUE RELEASE & SPORTS MASSAGE THERAPY

Sports and deep tissue release massage helps to increase nutrient-rich blood flow to tired, tight and tense muscles to accelerate recovery and shorten downtime. It also prevents muscles from scar tissue micro-tears (and potential ruptures), and increases muscle performance.

Done regularly, it will keeps your muscles healthy and fit with body/movement-confidence. Read the benefits of regular deep tissue release therapy here.



ALTERNATIVE THERAPIES

All our allied health therapists and TCM physicians are fully insured and registered with Allied Health Professions Council (AHPC) and Traditional Chinese Medicine Board (TCMB).

See our entire team here with introductions and their specializations.

At the first session, our specialist physiotherapists will carry out a thorough assessment, helping them to select the most appropriate treatment to help you recover as well as provide treatment in the same session.

Follow up sessions are inline to provide expert treatment for your pain as well as prescribing specific exercises to reduce your risk of re-injury and giving you a long term solution.

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Enquire and email your preferred physiotherapy appointment slot to nigel@phoenixrehabgroup.com or

WhatsApp / SMS your name, preferred date, time and enquiries to +6588001830

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