Do you have tightness or hear a “popping” or “clicking” noise when using your fingers? It could be trigger finger, a condition that affects many people in the U.S. In fact: “Trigger finger is one of the most common problems hand surgeons encounter,” notes the Orthopaedic Associates of Michigan (OAM). The cause is often repeated, forceful motions of the fingers and thumbs – which can also include texting (in this case it might be referred to as either “texting thumb” or “trigger thumb”).
But what are some ways to alleviate it? Well, aside from surgery — which is often the last resort if other approaches fail — there are a number of exercises that can help manage the symptoms that range from pain to limited movement in the finger or thumb. Here are some relatively easy exercises for trigger finger you can try at home or in the office…
Passive Wrist Stretch
This exercise comes to us from Medical News Today. It suggests putting your palms together in front of your chest, just below the chin. From there, you slowly lower your hands downward toward your waistline until you feel the stretch.
The source says once you feel the pull in your wrists and fingers, hold it there for 10-seconds. Then slowly move your hands back into the original position, keeping the palms pressed against each other.