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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,
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
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
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
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 physio Services
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.
PHYSIOTHERAPY & PHYSICAL THERAPY
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
- core stability
- flexibility and
It is a system of safe and effective exercises, which
meet specific individual needs, to treat a wide range of injuries
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.
TRADITIONAL CHINESE MEDICINE (TCM)
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 / recovery period required
It also prevents
muscles from scar tissue micro-tears (and potential ruptures), and increases muscle
Done regularly, it will keeps your muscles healthy and fit with body/movement-confidence. Read the benefits of regular deep tissue release therapy here.
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
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