People protest that tech devices like iPhones and blackberries ruin family dinners and dates, but what about your hands? A recent LiveScience article suggests that our favorite pieces of technology may be causing serious injury to our fingers and hands. Because abandoning these high-tech means of communication is not an option for most of us, hand injury sufferers should consider pursuing treatment to alleviate their pain and restore function in the fingers. If you’re suffering from trigger finger, carpal tunnel or another condition affecting your hands, don’t hesitate to contact La Peer Health Systems’ Hand Surgery Center of Excellence for a hand consultation.
Causes of Trigger Finger
Trigger finger occurs when the lubricating sheath around the tendon becomes compressed, a situation which limits movement of the tendon and can cause the finger to lock in a bent position. Individuals who frequently use their fingers to sweep iPad screens or move a Blackberry ball may have a greater chance of suffering from trigger finger. Additionally, patients who regularly utilize these forms of technology can develop carpal tunnel or even masses under the skin called ganglion cysts.
How Do I Know if I Have Trigger Finger?
Regular iPhone and Blackberry users should be on the lookout for the following symptoms of trigger finger:
- Hand soreness
- Finger stiffness
- Pain or a bump at the bottom of the finger
- Catching or popping when the finger bends
- Locked finger
Left untreated, trigger finger symptoms often become more severe and affect one’s ability to use the fingers and hands.
Trusted Trigger Finger Surgery in Los Angeles
The good news is that you don’t have to live with the pain and immobility that accompany trigger finger. At La Peer’s Hand Surgery Center of Excellence, our board-certified doctors specialize in surgical and non-surgical treatments for trigger finger. For many patients, activity modification, splinting and medications like anti-inflammatories and steroid injections are sufficient to relieve painful trigger finger symptoms. However, patients with severe cases of trigger finger may require more intensive treatment to find relief. The surgeons at the Hand Surgery Center offer release surgery to enable the tendon to move freely again in trigger finger patients. This state-of-the-art procedure requires only a one-centimeter incision and involves cutting the part of the tendon sheath that is compressed. After surgery, most trigger finger patients experience fast relief from symptoms. Check out this trigger surgery video to learn how our expert surgeons perform finger release surgery as an outpatient procedure in Los Angeles.
Contact a Trigger Finger Surgeon in Los Angeles
Most of us rely on our cellphones for both work and social exchanges, and abandoning these devices is rarely an option. However, constant pain from trigger finger can affect your ability to enjoy life and pursue daily activities. If you think you may be suffering from trigger finger due to your phone or iPad use, it’s important to realize that help exists. Don’t hesitate to contact our expert hand surgeons by calling 888-529-1873 and schedule an appointment with our specialists.
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