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Alleviating Swollen Fingers / Hands with FingerWeights

There are many potential causes for swollen fingers and hands, most of which are completely benign and nothing to worry about. Whether it be hot days, pregnancy, a salty diet, a tough workout, or a combination thereof, there’s usually nothing to worry about when you look down and it appears as though your ring may never come off your finger. However, there are times the “puffiness,” known by its medical term, “dactylitis,” can be a symptom of a larger problem. Below are some of the common causes for swollen fingers and hands that tend to be more serious than the aforementioned list...

  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome occurs when the nerve that runs from the forearm to the palm of the hand is pinched or squeezed at the wrist. While women are three times more likely to suffer from Carpal Tunnel Syndrome than men are, as the fingers are used more frequently (think typing, gaming, texting), more and more people will suffer from the effects of this debilitating disease.
    • There is no cure for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome aside from surgery, yet, but to help stave off the debilitating effects, exercising daily with FingerWeights, adjusting the resistance rods, accordingly, will help alleviate the symptoms.
  • Osteoarthritis is when the actual joints in the finger are enlarged (think not being able to fit a ring over a knuckle). This is “age related” form of arthritis is caused by the wearing down of the cushioning tissues at the end of the joints. Often accompanied by pain and stiffness, it can be just as debilitating as RA.
    • There is presently no cure, only treatment of the symptoms, trying to alleviate as much of the pain and stiffness as possible. Exercising with FingerWeights, under the supervision of a medical professional, and utilizing the adjustable resistance rods to try and increase endurance and strength, is a recommended treatment for OA.
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis on the other hand is an autoimmune disease that attacks the lining of the joints, and can cause swelling, stiffness and pain. Unlike Osteoarthritis, RA does not discriminate based on age, and can affect anyone at any time.
    • Similar to Osteoarthritis, there is presently no cure for Rheumatoid Arthritis, only symptom alleviation. Exercising with FingerWeights, under the supervision of a medical professional, and utilizing the adjustable resistance rods to try and increase endurance and strength, is a recommended treatment for RA.
  • Raynaud’s disease is a rare condition which narrows the arteries, limiting the blood circulation. While admittedly, the causes are not completely understood, but some of the more common triggers are cold temperatures, stress, injuries, tissue damage, and/or certain medications. The symptoms include swelling, numbness, pain, change in color, and a “prickling” sensation. Similar to Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, Raynaud’s affects women 3 times more than it affects men.
    • While they're still uncovering potential triggers and causes for Raynaud's, treatment suggestions vary, and there is presently no cure available. Working with FingerWeights has helped alleviate the symptoms in certain patients, but the supervision of a medical professional is recommended as there are unknowns when it comes to this Raynaud's.

FingerWeights are an effective tool in helping to combat the symptoms of Carpal Tunnel, Osteoarthritis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, and Raynaud’s disease. The adjustable resistance rods help each user increase their finger and hand endurance, dexterity, flexibility, and strength while allowing each finger to operate independently from the others. This allows each finger to progress at its own pace, which is what separates FingerWeights from their competitors! 

As always, to continue the conversation please visit www.fingerweights.com, and/or reach out to j.geller@fingerweights.com.

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