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Trigger Finger

Trigger Finger is a condition where a finger will get stuck or locked into a bent position. With effort it will then straighten very quickly like as with a snap of a trigger. This condition may happen when tendons become inflamed or the sheath that surrounds the tendon becomes inflamed. Tendons are strong bands of tissue which connect bones with muscle. Tendons in the fingers should be able to glide through the sheath unobstructed. When severe a finger may become locked in a bent position.
A person who’s job requires constant gripping are at a high risk of developing trigger finger.
Is often seen more in women than in men, usually between the ages of 40 and 60. It may be determined that you have trigger finger if you have any of the following symptoms:
One or more fingers that get locked into a bent position which are difficult to straighten and may suddenly pop straight. A nodule and tenderness at the base of the affected finger. A clicking or popping feeling when moving the finger. Morning stiffness as this condition is usually worse in the morning.
Treatments that you may receive from your doctor may be a splint and rest, drugs, or possibly surgery.
Acupuncture has often been shown to be effective to improve this condition. The acupuncturist may place extremely fine needles around the inflamed finger which may reduce the inflammation. There are also points on the leg that have a direct effect upon all tendons in the body. I have used that point very effectively with a patient that actually had a permanently bent pinky which got better in 6 weeks. It usually takes fron 4 to 6 acupuncture treatments to see substantial improvement in symptoms. For this condition or any other hand issue feel free to call my office to discuss.

Paul Murphy L.Ac.
333 Sandy Springs Circle
Suite 208
Sandy Springs, GA 30328

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