Trigger Finger from Golf
Many golfers know that they need to protect their back, their shoulders and their knees when they golf. But few players would anticipate getting trigger finger from golf, let alone any finger injury at all. However, this strange, startling little injury can show up on even the most careful and experienced golfers. Why, you ask? Because trigger finger comes from overusing the fingers and the muscles that control the fingers. In other words, trigger finger from golf develops because of the grip.
Trigger finger (technically called stenosing tenosynovitis, but I recommend the easy name) occurs at the base of the finger. If you have trigger finger, you may experience swelling in the palm or fingers, or pain located at the base of a finger. Moreover, you may find that your finger gets stuck in bent position, and straightens with a snap like a rubberband. This common indicator gives the condition its nickname.
Having your finger get stuck in a bent position can be shocking and confusing. But, there is a simple explanation for why and how this happens. As you’ve likely noticed, certain muscles in our forearms are responsible for moving our fingers. The flexor tendons are the tendons in our fingers which connect the arm muscles to our finger bones. In turn, these tendons control the movement of our fingers.
In order to stay in place and on track, the flexor tendons are surrounded by small tunnel-like sheaths. Sometimes, with overuse, the flexor tendons can become irritated, which might cause them to swell or develop nodules. When this happens, the nodule or the inflamed tendon often gets stuck at the mouth of the sheath. This is why it takes extra force for straighten the finger—you’re trying to force the nodule through the narrow sheath.
Trigger finger from golf becomes more likely with age or for people with arthritis or diabetes. But, anyone who grips often—as in golf or tennis—can develop trigger finger. The best way to treat it is to rest your grip, or cut back on playtime. The Rolflex PRO is a great modality to prevent trigger finger. Visit this link to see how the Rolflex PRO can be used on the hands and fingers. For fanatics, that can take self-discipline, but if it means avoiding greater injury it’s always worth it. You can also wear a small splint on the finger to help keep it in neutral position throughout the day.
Avoiding Trigger Finger
As for avoiding trigger finger from golf all together, there are changes you can make to your game. What makes golf so interesting for some players and fans are the subtleties that make a good player. It’s all in the details. So as with any part of the swing in golf, there is a right way and a wrong way to grip. Making sure that you are gripping properly (not too strong and not too weak) will not only help to improve your swing, but it will help protect you from an injury like trigger finger. Another key to trigger finger-proofing your golf game is keeping your equipment updated. Check to see that not only are your clubs the right size for you, but that the grips are replaced regularly. You should also invest in a quality pair of golf gloves, which will give you extra padding and support.
In addition, the Rolflex PRO can relieve pain from trigger finger. Click here to see how the Rolflex PRO can be used on the hands and fingers to alleviate pain and promote blood flow.