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    Recently been diagnosed with trigger finger on my ring finger on left hand - is this quite common in w/c users? Dr. has referred me to try cortizone shots to try and loosen it up - it only really bothers me first thing in the morning after resting it all night and after periods of none use.

  • #2
    Here is some additional information about "trigger" finger. It is not real common in people with SCI, but we see a number a year, esp. those who walk with crutches/canes or those using manual wheelchairs as strain on the hand is one of the risk factors.

    http://orthoinfo.aaos.org/topic.cfm?topic=a00024

    I would add to your physician's plan of treatment seeing a good hand specialist OT or PT. Certain exercises and even splinting can help.

    (KLD)
    The SCI-Nurses are advanced practice nurses specializing in SCI/D care. They are available to answer questions, provide education, and make suggestions which you should always discuss with your physician/primary health care provider before implementing. Medical diagnosis is not provided, nor do the SCI-Nurses provide nursing or medical care through their responses on the CareCure forums.

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    • #3
      trigger finger

      I had trigger thumbs both of them. Dont bother with the injections . useless , I had surgery and they have been fine since.

      why do you say common with w/c people . I am not in a w/c
      Last edited by razzle51; 03-14-2011, 09:40 AM. Reason: add
      SM/ACM Surgery in 1999

      When the world says "give up"; hope whispers "try one more time"
      -anonymous

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      • #4
        I get the trigger finger every once in a while. Had the shots, and they worked fine. Haven't had to have them for a couple of years now.

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        • #5
          I said common with w/c users because I am in a chair and was wondering if this is a common thing due to the amount of use the hands get in propelling the chair around daily.

          I am incomplete tetra with little "meat" on my hands so I figured that maybe a contributing factor as well. I have full use of my hands, just a lot of atrophy but use a manual chair.

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          • #6
            Thanks for the info SCI nurse - appreciate it!

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            • #7
              Had the shot and it workd fine for a while but now acting up again so going to see the Dr. for another shot and if that does not work, likely going to have the surgery.
              What kinds of exercises would hep SCI-nurse? and splinting? is that to keep the finger straight all the time or just at night?

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              • #8
                Originally posted by wheelz1 View Post
                Had the shot and it workd fine for a while but now acting up again so going to see the Dr. for another shot and if that does not work, likely going to have the surgery.
                What kinds of exercises would hep SCI-nurse? and splinting? is that to keep the finger straight all the time or just at night?
                I went ahead with the surgery and the trigger finger has been gone for 4 years.
                Gary Is = L-1 Para for 34 years.....................
                ~~~~~~~~~~

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                • #9
                  I am moving this to the care forum where it belongs and can get more looks than in the Pain Forum.

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