How Do You Treat Trigger Finger?
How is a Trigger Finger treated?
The treatments for a trigger finger include taking anti-inflammatory medicines like aspirin or ibuprofen, wearing a splint that limits how much the finger can bend, or getting a cortisone injection from your doctor. Sometimes, all 3 methods may be combined to try and stop the triggering.
If splinting and cortisone injections fail to stop the problem, surgery may be needed to remove the inflamed or scarred tissues and free up the tendon.
What kind of splint options are there?
There are a variety of splint options available, with the best option being a splint that prevents the finger from bending to the point where it triggers but still allows you to use your hand.
Oval-8 Finger Splints are a great solution as they can be worn to prevent the finger from bending all the way but still allow you to use your hand. They are easy to wear and if you have any pain or tenderness in the palm they can be cushioned with a gel sleeve to prevent pressure over the tendon.
By limiting how far the finger bends, the tendon is less likely to get caught in the pulley or sheath and it has the chance to rest and heal. Oval-8 splints can be worn during the day and at night and they can be used after the finger has been injected to allow the finger to rest and the injection to be fully effective.
How do I get an Oval-8?
Oval-8 splints have to be sized and fit by a health care provider to make certain the fit is correct and that you know how to care for your finger. If your doctor or therapist doesn't know about Oval-8 splints, you can get more information by visiting the Oval-8 finger splint page, which includes a video on all of the conditions that can be treated by Oval-8 splints, how the splint is fitted for a Trigger finger and how it can be modified by a therapist or doctor.
You can even find the name of a hand surgeon or hand therapist near you who might have the Oval-8's and will be able to fit you and order you a splint by visiting the links found on the About Us page.
Author: Julie Belkin
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