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Forum topic by Padre posted 05-10-2009 09:17 PM 1266 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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05-10-2009 09:17 PM

Has anyone here ever had a ‘trigger finger?” From the Mayo Clinic: ”Trigger finger is a condition in which one of your fingers or your thumb catches in a bent position. Your finger or thumb may straighten with a snap — like a trigger being pulled and released. If trigger finger is severe, your finger may become locked in a bent position. Often painful, trigger finger is caused by a narrowing of the sheath that surrounds the tendon in the affected finger. People whose work or hobbies require repetitive gripping actions are more susceptible. Trigger finger is also more common in women than in men, and in anyone with diabetes. Treatment of trigger finger, also known as stenosing tenosynovitis, varies depending on the severity.”

I have it in the middle finger of my right hand, and I know it is caused by my wood-turning and gripping the tools. BUT: I love turning and building (in the middle of a bow-front writing desk now) and don’t want to (again from the Mayo Clinic): splint it, rest it for 4-6 weeks, etc. Besides, if I splint that finger, I’ll be walking around looking like I’m flipping everyone off! :)

Any opinions?

-- Chip ----------- 6:8

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Peik Löf

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#1 posted 05-10-2009 10:46 PM

“I’ll be walking around looking like I’m flipping everyone off! :)”

Id go for it, at least you will have a credible excuse for flipping them off ;)

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#2 posted 05-11-2009 07:51 AM

Similer problem, similer solution. from my doctor but with 1 choice…....

Do the splint or it will NEVER get any better.

I went without for 4 weeks and it only got worse. Splinted and rested and after an agonizingly long time away from the shop, it improved. All in All worth the splint.


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#3 posted 05-11-2009 12:42 PM

I had trigger thumb…got a couple of steroid injections into the base of the thumb and it went away…never to return.

-- "Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good." Voltaire

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#4 posted 05-11-2009 01:38 PM

Splint it, take pictures and post them. Computer time, time to plan on what all you will be making next….
Take the time, remember if you do the crime, spend the time. Looking forward to seeing you here lots while you heal. Then do stretching exercises before you begin again, each time. :) Get better!

-- Berta in NC

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#5 posted 05-11-2009 02:14 PM

Padre, best excuse in the world to say hi to people you don’t like. I’d do what the Dr. ordered. They know whats best for you. Or have it removed. If its going to interfere with my turning that’s what I would do. Second Knuckle outta do it. Just some helpful advise. mike

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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