Trigger finger occurs when your flexor tendon becomes stuck, making it impossible to straighten your finger. Severe cases of trigger surgery may necessitate surgery that cuts the tendon in order to allow finger movement. Rehabilitation includes finger exercises that reduce swelling and pain while also strengthening and stretching the muscles that allow for full finger functioning. Check with your doctor first since not all rehab maneuvers may be for you.
Trigger finger surgery rehabilitation needs to concentrate on reducing the swelling of your surgical area. Decreasing the amount of swelling of your surgical area will also lower your pain levels. Reduce swelling by slowly lifting your surgical arm above your head while either standing or sitting. Hold this position for 10 seconds. Slowly return your arm to the original position. Relax 10 seconds. Repeat this exercise eight times. Do this exercise throughout the day to keep swelling down.
Trigger finger, or locking fingers, is a condition characterized by a person’s finger flexor tendon in the fingers or thumb catching, locking, or snapping into a bent position. When straightened, the finger flexor tendon emits a snapping noise, much like the sound of a trigger pull and release. In cases of severe trigger finger, the finger flexor tendon will lock in the bent position.
Treatment of this condition should begin as soon as the person begins to notice difficulty moving the fingers. If treated early on, conservative measures will be effective to bring the inflammation down, and normalize tendon movement. Conservative measures should include primarily chiropractic spinal and extremity adjustments to normalize nerve flow to the hand tissues.? You should also consider acupuncture, and myofascial therapy to release bound-up strain in the fascia, muscle, and tendons.
Treatment of this condition should begin as soon as the person begins to notice difficulty moving the fingers. If treated early on, conservative measures will be effective to bring the inflammation down, and normalize tendon movement. Conservative measures should include chiropractic care, myofascial release of the musculature, and possibly acupuncture to stimulate microcirculation. I have personally worked with a number of patients with trigger finger with great results — bringing finger motion back to normal — with hands-on chiropractic spinal adjustments and myofascial work of the upper extremity.