Trigger Finger

I have had RSI for 10 years now and for a couple of years I was involved with a charity called the Body Action Campaign, devoted to addressing problems of RSI in children. The initial aim was to develop a theatre in schools production to teach children about the risk. Although the programme was successfully developed and launched they ran out of money before they could take it into schools. Since then the focus has switched for now at least and the charity run by Bunny Martin is currently talking to companies like Microsoft to get them to include information about RSI and good practice to avoid problems in software that they dispatch. She has also been involved with the Dept of Education to develop programmes to teach teachers about the risks related to children using computers and how to set up computers appropriately in schools.

We developed a web site of information but unfortunately I had to become uninvolved a couple of years ago because my RSI prevented me from doing as much as I would have liked. In the past couple of months Bunny has been able to acquire the services of an IT student and I know they are working to update the web site with more information about children related problems with RSI and the progress that has been made. She would be delighted to hear from anyone interested in RSI and children and to pass on any information she has already. The email address I have for her is I believe the information above represents the situation at the moment but I am a little out of date and I’m sure Bunny would be willing to help. I hope this is of interest to you.

Comment 1: A tenosynivitis patient who is looking for any information on preventing trigger finger. I have had 2 fingers on my left and 3 on my right surgically released and am about to have my thumb and index finger on my right done. I am employed at General Motors’ of Canada and seem to get nowhere with help on this. Is there any dietary modifications or supplements that will help or exercises? This would be very much helping. Thank you.

Comment 2: Please don’t laugh, I have no feedback on the effectiveness of this treatment, but have read about this, it is harmless and therefore worth mentioning and perhaps trying – to treat trigger finger: Eat as many raw pecans as you can hold in the palm of one hand two or three times daily, and also take 150 mg of pyridoxyl-5-phosphate (active form of B-6 vitamin) daily. I’ve seen it mostly as 50mg dose, and take it three times daily. You should know it is working by 6 weeks time, and then please let me know.

Comment 3: Do you know anything about how the treatment works/might work? I am wondering whether it might be effective against other forms of typing injury?

Comment 4: I have no idea how this might work. I truly hope someone reports that they have found it helpful.

Comment 5: Three handfuls of pecans a day! Wow, Hal, I don’t want to be a spoilsport but have you worked out the calorific values? I tried an experiment using raw shelled pecan halves, and though I have fairly small hands found I could comfortably hold a pile of 30 halves. Each whole pecan is 15 calories, multiply that by 2 and then by 15 and you have 225 calories, multiply that by three times and you’re taking in an extra 675 calories daily. OK, if it works it would be worth it, just thought it might be worth pointing out how many extra calories the treatment entailed so those who want to try (such as me, in all probability) are forewarned that they might end up a bit heavier than they started.

Comment 6: Thanks for the math. You might try two doses per day, and don’t do it without the P-5-P. Perhaps more important, I don’t think the calories from nuts will be treated by the body like calories from sugar. The nuts have good fats, protein, and enzymes. If you severely limit sugar, hydrogenated oil, white potato, and anything made from wheat, you might not gain any weight. Please let me know.


Trigger Finger — 1 Comment

  1. I am an Occupational Therapist who specializes in hand therapy. I have a current patient with trigger thumb and finger. Her thumb has not been able to flex at the IP joint (tip of thumb) due to the tendon caught in the A1 pulley. Usually flexion is not the issue, but straightening, or extension of the joint, is. We have been working together for over 2 months now. She recently was advised by her chiropractor to eat a raw pecans and take 50 mg of B6 daily. She has been eating about a quarter of a cup a day of the pecans. She started this regimen about a week ago. During our last session, her thumb suddenly started to flex. I was shocked! I thought she would have to have surgery to release the tendon. However, once the tendon started to move through the pulley, it did “trigger” upon straightening. I cannot attribute this sudden ability to move her thumb to anything but the pecans and B6, as we did not do anything else different in our session. Pecans have a positive effect on skin and other soft tissue and are an anti-inflammatory. Among other health benefits, B6 helps with nerve conduction.

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