Oh that dreaded trigger finger....

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  1. BoppinSol

    BoppinSol

    May 17, 2018
    I developed....I am a lefty so it’s my ring finger on my right hand. I know this has been discussed before but I haven’t seen anything recently. Any new treatments? I hear that surgery is the only guaranteed cure. Cortisone shots alone provide only short term relief.
     
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  2. Zooberwerx

    Zooberwerx Gold Supporting Member

    Dec 21, 2002
    Virginia Beach, VA
    Not a clue but I'm sure a search would hit the most up-to-date treatments. I'm a righty and it has affected my right ring and pinky...the severity waxes and wanes although I'm unsure as to what aggravates the condition. Night time is the worse as I frequently wake to find both fingers in a clenched / locked position. Forcefully opening them can be a new adventure in discomfort. I'm looking into snagging a couple of "cock up" splints available on line.

    Riis
     
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  3. BoppinSol

    BoppinSol

    May 17, 2018
    I hear ya. For me it’s just one finger. Going to make an appointment with an ortho surgeon who specializes in hand surgery to give it a look. I hear the surgery is quick, relatively short recovery time too. I’d rather not have to deal with it again.
     
  4. TBPlayerOC

    TBPlayerOC

    Oct 17, 2013
    Orange, CA
    I had severe trigger finger on my left hand ring finger. I can't do surgery because I can't be without the use of both hands for my business. I noticed that if I immobilized my finger the trigger effect did not occur. I found a product on Amazon that allowed me to prevent the trigger and still play the bass. I wore these for about 6 months or so and I can say that my trigger finger is gone. I can make a fist without pain and play my bass without any ill effect. As always YMMV.

    This is the product that I used.
    handfix.jpg
     
  5. BoppinSol

    BoppinSol

    May 17, 2018
    Wow thank you. I use Amazon a lot. What’s it called and I will order immediately and many thanks.
     
  6. BoppinSol

    BoppinSol

    May 17, 2018
    I see it’s called Hand Fix?
     
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  7. Zooberwerx

    Zooberwerx Gold Supporting Member

    Dec 21, 2002
    Virginia Beach, VA
    This makes sense as the "node" occurs below the callous on any given finger. Sometimes you can palpate by squeezing the joint.

    Riis
     
  8. BoppinSol

    BoppinSol

    May 17, 2018
    I found several on Amazon under Handfix trigger finger. I expensive too. Worth a try, and thanks.
     
  9. TBPlayerOC

    TBPlayerOC

    Oct 17, 2013
    Orange, CA
  10. BoppinSol

    BoppinSol

    May 17, 2018
    No problem, took only a sec to find. Thanks again.
     
  11. My trigger finger has actually improved despite my bass and piano playing. It was pretty bad and scary for about 12 months especially in the morning. Slowly the symptoms lessened over time. I don't know the reason for improvement but glad for it.
     
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  12. jthisdell

    jthisdell

    Jun 12, 2014
    Roanoke, VA
    The doctor gave me a plastic splint for mine but I quickly figured out that if I just wrapped it lightly with medical tape at night it was much more comfortable and worked just as well. The idea is to keep it from tightening up at night and then take it easier during the day and the tendon will relax. Should not require any surgery.
     
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  13. mcarp555

    mcarp555 Guest

    Jul 14, 2013
    I'm left handed and also had trigger finger on my right ring finger. I had the cortisone shot. It's been four, five years and it's never bothered me again. So I don't know where you're getting "short term" from. I'd suggest having the shot first; if it continues or comes back, you can always have the surgery then.
     
  14. BoppinSol

    BoppinSol

    May 17, 2018
    There are a lot of other factors involved....age, pre-existing conditions, etc. Best I think to see a doc that specializes in and go from there. Everyone is different and everyone responds differently to treatment. A good doc will guide you. It’s often dangerous to self diagnose.
     
  15. BoppinSol

    BoppinSol

    May 17, 2018
    The surgery itself is quick and easy and has a very high success rate.
     
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  16. Siggy

    Siggy

    Mar 15, 2003
    Columbus Ohio
    I had it pretty bad for about 18 months in my right hand. I ended up getting the cortisone shot about 8 years ago and I haven't had a recurrence. I don't think it was caused by bass playing but from my swinging a hammer. After I retired I started doing home improvement projects and about 5 years ago I retired from that too. So my thought is that the shot helped the inflammation go down and when I stopped hammering I stopped aggravating the tendon. Anyway, I would try the shot first.
     
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  17. Linnin

    Linnin

    Jul 19, 2012
    Linningrad, Earth
    @michael_t has had the surgery twice, so he's the man to ask.
     
  18. Actually FOUR times between June 2016 and Feb 2018.

    Fortunately, they all went well and I was ready to be back in action within 3 weeks all four times.
     
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  19. Welcome to TB, sorry for your condition. Get well soon.
     
  20. lpbfender

    lpbfender

    Jan 7, 2012
    Stamford CT
    Had two surgeries, one on each hand.
    This after the cortisone shots.
    Quick in and out surgery but slightly painful recovery as the sheath heels.

    One thought, I take 1,000mg oh Megarich Krill oil very day for years now and I have no joint pain anywhere. I run too. ( I’m 58.) never believed the stuff would work but it does and I’ve been playing since I was 11.
     
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