Physiotherapy for Trigger Finger
Physiotherapy for Trigger Finger

What is Trigger Finger?

Trigger finger (also known as ‘trigger thumb’, ‘trigger digit’ or Stenosing tenosynovitis) is a common finger problem. It can happen in one or more fingers

Trigger finger is characterized by locking of the finger or thumb in a bent position. The finger straightens with a painful snap, or may remain in a bent position – ‘locked’ and difficulty straighten out voluntarily.

What causes Trigger Finger?

The cause of trigger finger is unclear.

– Women more common than men. ages 40-60

– Previous injury on their finger or thumb.

– Activities that strain or overuse the thumb or finger, such as grasping or prolonged use of scissors or screwdriver

– Swelling from inflammation or scarring around the tendons

– Other medical conditions such as diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis and gout increase the risk of developing trigger finger.

Signs and symptoms of Trigger Finger

– Pain when bending and straightening finger/ thumb

– Popping, locking, or catching sensation in finger/ thumb

– Swelling or lump in the palm

– Stiffness in finger/ thumb movement especially in morning


Effective treatments that can cure trigger finger pain

The treatment of wrist/finger pain will entirely depends on the cause of problem. Chronic severe cases may require steroid injections. However, few may reoccur trigger finger again.

Treatment for wrist/finger pain may consists of:

– Physiotherapy: Your physiotherapist will understand about your wrist/finger pain and perform physical examinations. Your pain condition will be diagnose and explain before implementing solutions to your wrist/finger

– Manual therapy:  Active and Passive Mobilisation or manipulation of wrist/finger joints (distal radiocarpal joint, metacarpophalangeal joint MCP, proximal interphalangeal joint PIP, distal interphalangeal joint DIP )

– Massage Therapy: Hands on techniques such as soft tissue release, deep friction massage, myofascial release, trigger points release on elbow muscles (triceps brachii, anconeus, brachialis, biceps brachii, brachioradialis)

– Pain Relief Therapy: Using pain relief treatment modalities such as Ultrasound , electrical stimulation, TENS, laser, heat therapy to heal and repair injured, inflammed, torn tissues

– Shockwave Therapy: Advanced high energy pulses effective for chronic, persistent wrist muscle tightness, trigger points to stimulate healing. Proven treatment for  tendonitis, calcification/ bone spurs

– Exercise Therapy: Guided 1-1 specific joint movement therapy, muscle stretching,  progressive strengthening wrist, conditioning back to sports, functional training

– Education: Advice to improve posture, lifestyle modifications

Our unique treatment approach for Trigger Finger pain

At heal360 Physioclinic, our physiotherapist and rehabilitation therapist experts has developed a proprietary signature program for the Trigger finger pain –PainRelief360™ Program 

Our therapist will perform a thorough assessment and determine the potential cause of the wrist/finger problem, and will develop a management and best treatment program for your finger pain: relief pain, regain your finger movement and give you a renewed, stronger hands!

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To treat your trigger  Finger, please call our therapist at 62244178 or 9639 0509 or EMAIL US