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Trigger Finger

Ongoing health issues from untreated trigger finger may include persistent pain and discomfort, reduced mobility, and stiffness in the affected finger or thumb. Chronic inflammation can lead to further thickening and narrowing of the tendon sheath, exacerbating the catching or locking sensation. Over time, the finger may become permanently bent if the tendon cannot glide smoothly. This could potentially affect hand function, making everyday tasks difficult. Regular treatment and management are essential to prevent these complications and maintain hand functionality.

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Helpful Information

Trigger finger is a condition where a finger or thumb gets stuck in a bent position, then snaps straight, much like pulling and releasing a trigger. This occurs when the protective sheath that surrounds the flexor tendons in the hand becomes inflamed. Repeated movement or forceful use of the finger or thumb can cause this inflammation, leading to pain, stiffness, and the sensation of catching or locking when the finger is moved. Treatment often includes rest, splints, anti-inflammatory medications, and in severe cases, surgery to widen the sheath and allow smoother tendon movement. There are some scenarios where this condition can be caused due to negligence by an employer or another third party. In these circumstances, it may be possible to bring a claim for injury compensation.

Can trigger finger be caused by workplace activities?

Yes, it can be caused by workplace activities that involve repetitive gripping or the prolonged use of tools that require forceful finger movements. Occupations such as construction, manufacturing, or those that involve musical instruments can increase the risk. The continuous strain and repetitive motion can lead to inflammation of the tendon sheaths in the fingers, triggering the condition. Workers frequently performing such tasks are advised to take regular breaks, use ergonomic tools, and perform finger stretching exercises to mitigate the risk of developing trigger finger.

What other scenarios can cause this condition?

Trigger finger can also arise from chronic diseases like diabetes and rheumatoid arthritis, which are linked to inflammation and degenerative changes in the body’s tissues, including the tendons in the hand. Additionally, certain hobbies or sports that involve repetitive hand movements, such as gardening, golf, or climbing, can contribute to the development of trigger finger. Age is another factor, with the condition being more common in people aged 40 to 60. Women are also at higher risk, possibly due to anatomical differences in hand structure or hormonal influences.

When is it possible to bring a compensation claim for this condition?

It is possible to bring a compensation claim if you can demonstrate that the condition was directly caused by your workplace activities or an injury sustained at work. Typically, this involves showing that your job duties involved repetitive motions or usage that could lead to such an injury, and that adequate preventive measures were not provided by your employer. It’s advisable to consult with an experienced personal injury solicitor for guidance on bringing your claim.

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