My Finger Click & Locks; What Should I Do?
The Hand Therapy Group are recognised leaders in therapy for the hand and upper limb.
Led by Director, A/Prof Anne Wajon, the practice employs highly qualified and experienced hand therapists in Sydney (physiotherapists and occupational therapists) who offer expert assessment, diagnosis and treatment for people with hand and upper limb pain or dysfunction.
We provide specialised hand therapy services in various locations throughout northern Sydney covering the management of hand and arm conditions. Our staff work very closely with consultant hand surgeons, general practitioners, rheumatologists, sports physiotherapists and referring doctors.
We are happy to communicate with insurance companies, WorkCover, rehabilitation providers, employers and your local physiotherapist, at your discretion.
We are very happy for you to contact us to discuss whether we might be able to help with your condition.
Clicking and locking of a finger or thumb is generally known as a “Trigger finger” or “Trigger thumb.” This is a common condition involving inflammation or thickening of the tendon that bends your fingers or thumb. The tendon passes through a pulley in the palm of the hand, however when the tendon is inflamed, it can catch or lock as you make a fist or grip items.
What is Raynaud’s Disease?
Raynaud’s Disease, pronounced ‘ray-nose’ is a condition caused by the sympathetic nervous system which causes narrowing of arteries in the fingers, toes and or nose, resulting in reduced blood flow to these areas. This results in change in colour with fingers turning black or white, and then blue or purple. This cascade of colour changes is known as Raynaud’s Phenomenon. Symptoms include feeling cold, numbness, and occasionally pain in the affected areas.
Joint pain from osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis are often flared up during colder weather. Arthritis in the hand commonly occurs at the thumb carpometacarpal joint, fingertips or known as the distal interphalangeal joint (DIPJ) and metacarpal joint. Arthritis can also occur at the wrist. Here we take a look at different ways of managing arthritis and how a hand therapist can help.