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Trigger finger, (or the bigger mouthful, stenosing tenosynovitis), happens when the sheath surrounding the tendon within the palm of the hand narrows. The tendons located there attach a muscle of the forearm to the bones of a finger. When the muscle contracts, it pulls on the tendon, which must glide through the synovium inside the sheath to move the finger. Constriction may stop this movement, leaving the finger stuck in a bent position. If forced, the finger may snap straight  but use of the finger will obviously be awkward and difficult, and the forcing can be painful. Sometimes the finger becomes locked in a straight position. Joint contraction or stiffening may eventually occur.

People that typically get trigger finger are factory workers, carpenters, farmers, and musicians as they rely on their fingers or thumbs for multiple repetitive movements. Trigger finger is also more common in women than in men and usually occurs most frequently in people the ages of 40 and 60.

One of the first symptoms of trigger finger may be soreness at the base of the finger or thumb, on the palm of the hand. The most common symptom is a painful clicking or snapping when attempting to flex or extend the affected finger. This catching sensation tends to worsen after periods of inactivity and loosen up with movement. If the area becomes inflamed from overuse (or from already existing inflammatory conditions in your body such as rheumatoid arthritis or gout), the tendon can no longer glide easily and sometimes scars, thickens or forms nodules.

Some cases are resolved with prolonged rest of the hand, especially the affected finger. In most cases, your doctor will suggest that you rest the hand for a few weeks, keeping it elevated and using it only when necessary. Some cases of trigger finger are simply from repetitive overuse (strenuous use of power tools from being a Weekend Warrior on your house, for example) and don’t reoccur. But often the swelling and locking can become advanced, and severe pain is experienced, and gripping becomes difficult if not impossible.

However, as with many soft tissue disorders of the hand, acupuncture can assist healing and return to function while providing pain relief. The length of time the patient has had this condition will help determine how long the treatments may take, and the course of treatment will depend on the severity of the condition, but acupuncture is certainly a viable option of treatment that will leave you free of the potential side effects and scarring posed by drugs and surgery. No side effects! No scars!

There are a number of acupuncture points can be found on the hand and are used to relieve symptoms of a trigger finger. Some are located between each finger at their base and located at the fingertips and are used in cases of severe pain. Points on the sides of the fingers are also used for a variety of problems affecting the fingers, including pain and swelling. In addition to acupuncture points on the hand, points at the wrist and along the arm which fall on the meridian/pathway related to the affected finger are also needled and stimulated for relief.

Consider giving acupuncture a try as an alternative method of treatment that treats the whole body and restores balance — bullseye!

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Acupuncture Points to Healing Finger Pain

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Acupuncture Points to Healing Finger Pain

Finger pain can arise from a variety of sources, including arthritis, bone fracture, Raynaud’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.