Trigger thumb

Good Karma

Well-known member
Hello drummerworld, Google says. One of the causes: People that play a musical instrument doing repeated motions with fingers and thumb.
So my questions, has anyone experienced this? If so, how long did it take to get over this.Does the compression glove work and most importantly can you still practice while wearing this?

As a side note: yes I understand that if scar tissue has built up the corrective action is surgery. I'm hoping that it not to that point.

Thanks for the feedback
 

MrInsanePolack

Platinum Member
Is this something new, or old and getting aggravated? I ask because my right thumb, and both pinkies do this naturally. Like I can intentionally get them stuck then snap them out of it. It's never been a problem, and been this way my whole life, even after almost 3 decades of drumming. Now I'm concerned.

I must admit that when I saw the title I thought you got M1 thumb, or held the grip too high on a non-protected auto pistol and the slide smashed your thumb and now you cant drum.
 

Good Karma

Well-known member
I noticed it about two months ago and yes its getting worse. I just punched in my symptoms to Google this morning and it popped up. It had a pictures and all kinds of information. Ive never heard of this, very disappointing because i want to practice.
 

Hollywood Jim

Platinum Member
I just went through trigger thumb issues two months ago. My right thumb suddenly started triggering. My sister in law is a physical therapist and "claimed" she could fix it. I never let her try. Over a 30 day period the base of my thumb became very sore. I could still play the drums but after about four hours of playing the soreness increased a little. It hurt quite a bit each morning as I tried to straighten up my thumb. By the end of the day it was working a little better. But still the base of my thumb was always very sore.

I went to see a hand specialist. He said a cortisone shot can help for many months but it probably would not fix it long term. Between my model building hobbies, my drum building and my drum playing I did not have the time to mess with trigger thumb. So I decided to have a permanent fix through surgery. The surgery went well. After three weeks of recovery my thumb works great. No problems now !

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MrInsanePolack

Platinum Member
I ask because my right thumb, and both pinkies do this naturally.
I just watched a trigger finger video explained by a doctor. That is definitely not the same as what my fingers do. They still lock and snap, but its away from the palm and not against it. That ? looks painful.
 

Silver’n’Smac

Well-known member
For those who have had the surgery for trigger finger, can you describe the process a bit? Cost? (Covered by insurance?). Procedure length? Local or general anesthesia? Etc? Sorry, I know I can google all this but I was already on this site reading other posts and just realized how much my frickin trigger finger is pissing me off. And with you all being my go-to on anything drum related, I figured it wouldn’t hurt to ask!
 

Good Karma

Well-known member
For those who have had the surgery for trigger finger, can you describe the process a bit? Cost? (Covered by insurance?). Procedure length? Local or general anesthesia? Etc? Sorry, I know I can google all this but I was already on this site reading other posts and just realized how much my frickin trigger finger is pissing me off. And with you all being my go-to on anything drum related, I figured it wouldn’t hurt to ask!

Try the compression glove if you haven't already. Ive been wearing it for about 3 weeks, even when I sleep. Keeping my thumb isolated is helping. The only time I take it off is with limited practice/play. Not sure if this will be beneficial in the long run but I wanted to try it before see a Doctor. The glove was around $18, I bought it at Walgreens
 
I got over this recently. My second bout in three years. My advice: rest (stop playing), physical therapy, ice. I had stop playing for three months to get over it. I still practiced, but I didn't use my injured hand. I worked on my feet and other hand instead.
My therapist showed me how to wrap my hand in KT tape to protect my hand and gave me some useful exercises. Good luck.
 
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