Workers who perform repetitive activities such as typing are prone to developing trigger finger.
Trigger finger is a condition in which the thumb or the fingers lock when they are bent. The tendons have a cushion like sheath around them, and when it becomes inflamed, it can cause the tendon to pop or snap, which creates the locking of thumb or finger. The condition is often caused by the forceful use of the finger or thumb or by repeated motion, often affecting workers who use their fingers or thumbs on vibrating equipment. Workers who perform repetitive activities such as typing are prone to developing trigger finger.
Symptoms of Trigger Finger
Trigger finger affects women more commonly than men. There are several symptoms that characterize trigger finger or thumb.
- painful snapping or clicking when straightening or bending the finger
- locking of the finger
The condition eventually leads to the finger getting locked completely and the worker may no longer be able to perform regular duties.
Treatment of Trigger Finger
There are various types of treatments available for trigger finger and the right treatment depends on the severity of the injury. The most common treatment involves using a splint on the affected thumb or finger to allow time for the tendons to heal. A doctors may also prescribe anti-inflammatory drugs, steroids, or cortisone shots to ease pain and discomfort. In cases of severe injury, tendon release surgery may be required with a follow-up of occupational physical therapy. Tendon release surgery is a quick surgery and the worker will need to be off work for a few weeks after the surgery.
Work Comp Benefits
If you have suffered a trigger finger injury at the workplace, be assured that this is a common injury and easily treatable. However, it is important that you get timely and proper treatment. If the injury is work-related, you may be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits, including medical and wage loss benefits. However, when it comes to repetitive motion injuries, insurance companies often contend that the injury is not work-related.