Finger pain can arise from a variety of sources, including arthritis, bone fracture, Raymaud’s disease and a soft-tissue disorder of the hand, called trigger finger.
Numerous studies have found that acupuncture can effectively manage and reverse the symptoms of arthritis, including inflammation, chronic pain and joint degeneration. I will examine your health history, including the onset of your condition, to treat the specific symptoms unique to you, choosing the most effective acupuncture points and treatment plan. It’s likely you will benefit from treatment in the neck area as well, as the hand receives neural information from the cervical spinal cord.
If the finger pain results from a fracture, it is important to set the bones first to make sure they heal in the proper position, advisably with the consultation of a hand specialist. Once the bones are stabilized in a cast or splint, the body will repair the fracture.
Acupuncture can help relieve pain and speed recovery by restoring energy circulation. In some cases where bones aren’t healing, acupuncture can stimulate bone healing. Often finger stiffness remains once the cast or splint is removed. Acupuncture will help your soft tissues recover as well as restore coordination of your fingers quickly.
In Raynaud’s Disease, blood vessels spasm and constrict blood flow to the hand and fingers when the hands are exposed to cold. Emotional stress can also trigger an episode. Numbness and pain results, and when the blood flow returns, the fingers may swell painfully. In the case of Raynaud’s disease, studies have shown that acupuncture produces more sustained and effective results than conventional drugs, without the side effects. Because the disease involves the autonomic nervous system, acupuncture can switch the mode involved, halting the blood vessel spasms and relieving the pain and symptoms.
People who use their hands a lot in their profession, and people who spend a lot of time texting, may develop trigger finger, also called stenosing tenosynovitis. Trigger finger involves a constriction within the tendon sheath, which prevents the finger involved from straightening. Conventional medicine offers such remedies as surgery or steroid injection. However, you can bypass these drastic methods if you use lifestyle changes and acupuncture to assist healing. Acupuncture works very effectively to eliminate the symptoms of trigger finger quickly.