Tiny Bump – Big Pain

The diagnosis of “trigger finger” is extremely common. How can such a tiny little ‘thing’ on a finger be so darned painful? Trigger finger is a condition that causes pain, stiffness and a sensation of locking or catching when one bends or straightens the finger. The condition is also known as “stenosing tenosynovitis”.
Most often, the ring finger and the thumb are the most affected by trigger finger but it can occur in other fingers as well. When the thumb is involved, then the condition is called ‘trigger thumb’.
Basically it is like your finger gets stuck in one position. And it can be very painful! For some it is more common in the morning, upon waking up. Sometimes there is a bump in the palm at the base of the affected finger.
It occurs when inflammation narrows the space within the sheath that surrounds the tendon in the affected finger. If it is severe, the finger can become ‘locked’ in one position.
Oftentimes people who have work or hobbies that include repetitive gripping are at a higher risk for developing trigger finger. More common in people with diabetes. More common in women than men.
The treatment depends on the severity. No extensive tests to make the diagnosis. Just a physical exam by the physician. Treatment should begin with medication (anti-inflammatories), therapy (stretching exercises). Sometimes injections of steroids is used. If nothing works and pain is substantial, then it is time to consider surgery which is fairly simple.
Our orthopedic, Dr. Joel Galindo treats this condition and as well, he will be doing a speakers program covering everything to do with trigger finger on October 8, 2019 at 9.00 am at Clinic Sanmare. To RSVP, just email me. There is no charge for the program.
We kick off October’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month with our annual Pink Cocktail on October 4, 2019 from 6.30 pm to 9.30 pm at Hospital San Javier. Each year our event just seems to get better as we transform the hospital lobby into a lounge with pink drinks and delicious nibbles! And the raffle prizes are amazing!
This is a no charge event and we are so very proud each year to begin the awareness month with this Pink Cocktail. I am still in need of snacks, sweet or savory and raffle prizes for the event. Please contact me if you are able to assist. Very much appreciated! And watch for the entire October Calendar of events, out soon!
Here’s to a placid week!

Pamela Thompson on Email
HealthCare Resources Puerto Vallarta is a multi-faceted, independent, resource network that is here for your TOTAL health and well-being. We offer English-speaking assistance to help find a physician, hospital and/or diagnostic service for any healthcare needs. As well, we are here to answer any health-related questions that you might have in relation to the Puerto Vallarta area.