Wondering why you might experience a painful click when you bend a finger or thumb? Find the answers to questions that pique your curiosity in our series, The Short Answer. Rheumatologist Chad Deal, MD, answers this one. People tend to bend their fingers up and down without much thought.
I Think I Have a Trigger Thumb – What Can I Do About It?
Trigger finger - Symptoms and causes - Mayo Clinic
Treating trigger thumb earlier, rather than later gives you a better chance for the triggering to be relieved. The tendons act as cords that pull your fingers down into a fist and then relax as you straighten the fingers. Think of the tendon as a line on a fishing rod and the pulleys as the eyelets that keep the line in contact with the rod as it bends and straightens. A knot in the line may make the line catch as it is pulled through the eyelet.
Trigger finger is one of the most common problems hand surgeons encounter. People who have it notice tightness and a popping or clicking when they flex — or open — their fingers. In severe cases, the hand or affected finger becomes locked in a closed or bent position. Mark R.
Rest assured that the most common causes of finger-popping are not a problem at all. Many people can make their fingers pop, often called cracking their knuckles. The sound you hear is thought to be caused by nitrogen bubbles moving in the fluid that surrounds your joints. Tendon snapping is usually the result of a trigger finger.