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How To Manage Crippling Finger Pain At Home

Suffering from finger pain is more than annoying. The stiffness and swelling felt at the finger level may interfere with your daily activities and can diminish the ability to carry out with mundane tasks such as tying your shoes or buttoning your clothes. In most cases finger pain is the result of an accident or medical condition. However, if you can’t explain a finger pain, it’s advisable to see a doctor.

For over a month now, I’ve been experiencing a dull and throbbing pain in my index finger, more precisely in the finger’s joints. I thought it will pass, but it didn’t and the pain got worse in less than two weeks, especially when I was putting my shoes on one morning. This painful experience made me see a physical therapist and I was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis. Since the disease is at its debut, the doctor recommended some natural alternatives to alleviate the rheumatoid arthritis pain and its symptoms.

The most important thing is to use the…

Heat And Cold Therapy

Heat can loosen finger stiffness and a hot shower will do the job. Cold is effective for finger pain that results from activity, such as typing. Apply cold it in the form of flexible gel pads you keep in the freezer, or even bags of frozen peas or corn.

…then you have to try some Exercises And Stretches

  • Finger Stretch
  • 1. Place your hand palm-down on a table or other flat surface.
    2. Gently straighten your fingers as flat as you can against the surface without forcing your joints.
    3. Hold for 30 to 60 seconds and then release.
    4. Repeat at least four times with each hand.

  • Claw Stretch
  • 1. Hold your hand out in front of you, palm facing you.
    2. Bend your fingertips down to touch the base of each finger joint. Your hand should look a little like a claw.
    3. Hold for 30 to 60 seconds and release. Repeat at least four times on each hand.

  • Grip Strengthener
  • 1. Hold a soft ball in your palm and squeeze it as hard as you can.
    2. Hold for a few seconds and release.
    3. Repeat 10 to 15 times on each hand. Do this exercise two to three times a week, but rest your hands for 48 hours in between sessions. Don’t do this exercise if your thumb joint is damaged.

  • Finger Lift
  • 1. Place your hand flat, palm down, on a table or other surface.
    2. Gently lift one finger at a time off of the table and then lower it.
    3. You can also lift all your fingers and thumb at once, and then lower.
    4. Repeat eight to 12 times on each hand.

  • Play With Clay
  • Playing with putty or clay is a great way to increase the range of motion in your fingers and strengthen your hands at the same time. And it won’t even feel like exercise.

    Or you can wear try Splinting

    A splint stabilizes the position of your fingers, thumb, or wrist. Wear a splint for a few weeks if arthritis flares, so the inflammation can settle down.

    For more information you can watch the below video:

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