Trigger finger or Tenosynovitis is a painful condition that affects the tendons in the hand. When the finger or thumb is bent towards the palm, the tendon gets stuck and the finger clicks or locks.
Trigger finger, also known as Stenosing Tenosynovitis can painfully affect one or more fingers and tendons in the hand. When the finger or thumb is bent towards the palm the tendons get stuck and the finger locks or clicks.
- Symptoms of Trigger Finger usually affecting thumb, ring finger or little finger can include:
- Pain and stiffness at the base of the affected finger especially in the mornings
- Clicking of the joints of the fingers
- Nodules appearing at the base of the affected finger or thumb
Trigger finger occurs if there is a problem with the tendon, such as swelling due to pre existing medical condition or through repetitive movements maybe at work. This makes it harder to bend the affected finger or thumb. If the tendon gets caught, the finger can give a painful click, like a trigger being released, as it is straightened.
Although most cases of trigger finger only affect one finger, it is possible for several fingers to be
affected. It is more common in the right hand, maybe due to fact most people are right handed.
If the condition gets worse, your finger may get stuck in a bent position and then suddenly pop straight.
Eventually, it may not fully straighten which will make performing everyday tasks very difficult.
Several things may increase the likelihood of it developing. Overuse and damage to the upper limbs which is thought to be work related through repetitive are often referred to as repetitive
strain injuries (RSI) or work related upper limb disorders (WRULD). These types of injury affect the hands, wrists, forearms and upper arms including the shoulders. You may be entitled to make a claim for compensation for these types of injuries.
Conditions that can make trigger finger more likely include conditions that affect the hand, such as Dupuytren’s contracture, although this is rare. They may also include some long-term conditions, such as diabetes. Around 10% of people with diabetes develop trigger finger.
Other conditions which are subject to natural causes or through injury which fall into this category are:
- De Quervain's disease
- Carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS)
- Epicondylitis (tennis/golfers' elbow)#
Tenosynovitis is the inflammation of the synovium that surrounds a tendon. Symptoms include pain, swelling, and difficulty moving the joint where the inflammation occurs.
De Quervain's Disease (also known as radial styloid tenosynovitis, mother's wrist, de Quervain syndrome) is the inflammation of the sheath or tunnel that surrounds 2 tendons that control movement of the thumb.
Tendonitis (now called tendinopathy) is overuse injury resulting in microtears in the muscle fibres, leading to an increase in tendon repair cells however there is absence of inflammatory cells. Symptoms vary from an ache or pain and stiffness to the local area of the tendon, or a burning sensation that surrounds the whole joint around the inflamed tendon.
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS) (please see our separate page on CTS) relates to the condition in which the median nerve is compressed at the wrist, leading to pain, tingling or numbness like pins and needles and muscle weakness in the forearm and hand.
Epicondylitis (Tennis and Golfers' Elbow) is a condition where part of the elbow becomes painful and tender. Symptoms include pain on the outer and inner parts of the elbow, tenderness and pain in the wrist when using gripping, extension or lifting movements.
Tennis Elbow is usually associated with pain on the outer part of the elbow. Golfers' Elbow is usually associated with pain in the inner part of the elbow.
Do I have a Claim for Trigger Finger or Tenosynovitis?
If you have been diagnosed from your GP or consultant with a trigger finger condition and been
told it was caused or made significantly worse by your working conditions then you may be to claim compensation from your employer or previous employers’ Insurers.
It is a well known fact that your employers owe a duty of care to their workers and must ensure
that they provide adequate protective equipment to reduce the risk of an employee developing disorders such as trigger finger due to factors in the working environment. They must undertake
regular risk assessments and provide the necessary training to staff. If they have failed in their duty of care and have not undertaken the guidelines set down by the Health & Safety Executive then you may be able to claim for trigger finger compensation.
Johnson Law Solicitors will help you with your claim for Trigger Finger or Tenosynovitis claim
Johnson Law Solicitors have over 50 years personal injury industrial disease experience and our specialist injury lawyers have already dealt with many claims for satisfied clients who have suffered from Trigger Finger conditions.
We will ensure your compensation payment includes the fact that you have pain and suffering
and will also ensure your payment covers you for loss and future loss of earnings, ongoing medical assistance, out of pocket expenses and any possible future rehabilitation costs should you not be able to continue with your normal day to day activities and changes have to be put into place.
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