Unconscious use of smartphones increases risk of ‘trigger finger’ disease

Smartphone addiction is increasing day by day. But this addiction also brings many health problems. Finally, Professor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Department, who made statements on the subject. Dr. Şenay Özdolap pointed out that unconscious and excessive use of smartphones and keyboards increases the risk of trigger finger disease in the thumb. Özdolap said that trigger finger disease is a situation where the fingers are forced to bend and lock.

Emphasizing that trigger finger is a common condition that negatively affects the quality of life because it causes difficulty in movement, loss of function and pain in the fingers, Özdolap said, “As a result of inflammation and thickening of the tendons and tendon sheath that provide function in the fingers, the tendon’s slippage and movement are prevented. They are specialized structures that provide the connection and transfer the muscle force to the bone.


Özdolap pointed out that the trigger finger symptoms are understandable and said: “Tension feeling and stiffness in the fingers, stiffness and swelling in the fingers when waking up in the morning, pain in the finger, pain and locking when bending the finger, nodule in the fingers in the palm, a ‘clicking’ sound when moving the fingers. “It’s among the symptoms of trigger finger,” he said.


Noting that trigger finger disease is most common in the thumb, Özdolap said that it usually occurs between the ages of 40-60.

Özdolap emphasized that the incidence of the disease is higher in women than in men, and said:

“Diabetes, thyroid diseases, diseases such as gout and rheumatoid arthritis can cause trigger finger. It is seen in people who perform occupations by repeating finger and thumb movements such as farmers, industrial workers, musicians. In addition, blows to the palm and tendon infections can also cause trigger finger. It can also develop regardless of the cause. Especially nowadays, the frequency of the thumb has increased due to the unconscious and excessive use of smart phones and keyboards. A more controlled use of smart phones is very important at this point. It is useful to limit the use of young people to a maximum of 3 hours a day, especially for hobby and social activities. If he’s using it for the media, it’s good to limit his fingers to protect them.”


Explaining that trigger finger treatment is divided into non-surgical and surgical, Özdolap said, “The goal of treatment is to relieve pain and restore function to the fingers” said.

Stating that non-surgical treatment is splinting and corticosteroid injection into the tendon sheath, Özdolap said:

“The chance of success with this treatment is 60-90%. 3 weeks of splinting is done. During this period, full and repetitive punching is limited. For those who do not benefit from non-surgical treatment, surgical tendon release is performed. After the surgery, trigger finger can be repeated, although it can happen in other fingers, but it can happen in other fingers. Often patients who do not benefit from non-surgical treatment do benefit from surgical treatment.”

Özdolap added that it is important for those with trigger finger disease to rest their hands and do hand exercises regularly.


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