Understanding Trigger Finger

If you’ve ever dealt with trigger finger, you know how painful it can be. Many people are unaware that they can go to the doctor and get their trigger finger fixed.

Whether you’ve experienced trigger finger multiple times or have never heard of the condition before, consider reading more about the condition and what you can do below.

What is Trigger Finger?

Trigger finger is a condition in which an individual’s finger locks before it is completely straightened out. The medical term for this condition is “stenosing tenosynovitis.”

To better understand trigger finger, it is important to better understand the anatomy of the hand. Tissues called “pulleys” keep the tendons close to the bones in the finger. With trigger finger, these pulleys become inflamed, making it harder for the tendons to bend.

Trigger finger most commonly occurs with either the ring finger or thumb, but all fingers have the possibility of being affected by the condition.

Symptoms of Trigger Finger

Of course, everybody is different, but there are certain symptoms associated with trigger finger to look out for. If you experience any of the following systems, you should reach out to your healthcare provider as soon as you are able.

Bump on the base of the affected finger on the palm side of the hand
Pain when straightening the finger
Popping when moving the finger

Causes of Trigger Finger

Finding out the cause of your trigger finger is extremely important. Once your doctor knows the cause of the condition, he or she can better prescribe treatment for trigger finger and prevent it from happening again in the future.

Unfortunately, medical science has not been able to pinpoint the exact causes of trigger finger yet, just risk factors that make individuals more prone to developing trigger finger. These include medical conditions such as gout, diabetes, or rheumatoid arthritis. If you’re living with any of these conditions, talk to your doctor about your risk of developing trigger finger.

If you are frequently bending your fingers, either for your job or for any sports activity, you may also be at an increased risk for trigger finger.

Treating Trigger Finger

Fortunately, there are multiple potential treatments for trigger finger. Before you try any of them out, make sure to speak to your doctor so they can suggest the best treatment for you.

Non-surgical remedies include:

  • Splints
  • Steroids
  • Medication
  • Exercises designed to loosen the finger
  • Rest from arduous physical activity

In the event that no non-surgical treatment works for your trigger finger, you may need surgery. Surgery offered by places like Bergman Folkers Plastic Surgery for trigger finger aims to open the inflamed or thickened pulley muscle so that the tendon can better move, allowing your finger a full range of mobility without popping or locking mid bend.

Trigger fingers are not the most serious medical condition out there, but they can be very annoying and disrupt your daily routine. In extreme cases, the fingers may even become stuck in a bent or straightened position permanently.

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The Dangers of Construction and Logging Jobs

Some jobs are more dangerous than others. That is a simple fact. However, the levels of risk associated with different industries might surprise you. For example, learning that construction work is one of the most dangerous jobs is not entirely shocking. However, if a person were to list dangerous jobs, lumberjacking or tree felling is probably not at the top of mind for most people.

This goes to show that you truly never know the dangers that a person traverses every day they go to work. And while some jobs are more dangerous than others, ranking as more or less dangerous is not as important as making sure that everyone at your company is protected as much as possible.

Construction accidents are common. In one country, occupation-related injuries were prevalent in 31% of construction workers. The statistics in the United States are not that much better: 971 American construction workers died in 2017 as a result of accidents like falls, being struck by an object, and electrocutions.

Construction requires building at differing heights at the same time by different workers. The danger thus posed is that a person falls from a tall height or that an object falls from a similarly dangerous height and strikes a person, injuring them. Other ways to be struck by an object include a machine malfunction or a person improperly operating machinery that moves objects and products around in a construction site. Electrocutions are a pretty self-explanatory injury, however, it is more common than you might expect. Construction sites have lots of live wires because it is expected that trained professionals will be able to safely operate around wiring that is only temporarily exposed.

Construction work is not inherently dangerous: building or repairing structures is most dangerous when negligence or inattention to rules are present on-site. But other jobs are simply dangerous because of what is required to do the job. The best example is logging, lumberjacking, or other variation of felling trees as a job. There is no safe way to ax down a tree and have it fall one way. Sure, some people excel at making the tree fall one way versus another (perhaps, near more people).

But in any variation of the way a person makes a tree fall down, that person is in danger of the tree falling on them or in some way falling to the ground and endangering lives. There is no amount of regulation or prevention that can dramatically increase the safety of people in this industry.

However, if a person continuously shows up to work without safety gear or if your boss lets an untrained/unqualified person work on a tree felling job with you, then you are being put in danger beyond the standards of a dangerous job. If you are being purposefully ignored or if your needs for a better workplace are not being met, you have legal options. Your best bet is to find a law firm like ChasenBoscolo that has experience in handling claims of employee endangerment or, in the case of construction accidents, handling claims of negligent industry safety hazards.

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You Can Take Care of Your Pet, No Matter How Busy You Are

When you got a dog, you most likely got it for your own companionship, but that companionship is a two-way street. Dogs need a lot of love and attention. Unfortunately, we don’t live in a time when most of us have the kind of free time required to give our dogs the exercise and attention they need.

This can lead to unhealthy and unhappy dogs that are stuck inside all day, all alone. It also leads to unhappy owners who know they should do more but feel they don’t have a way to address these issues.

There are ways to take care of your pet, though, if you look outside the box a bit. You don’t have to change your job or cut down on your hours. You don’t need to give up on your personal life. You can maintain your schedule just as it is and take much better care of your pet.

How? Use a pet walking service. Take a look at Walk! ATX Pet Care. They provide dog walking for your everyday needs. They’ll also pet sit for you when you are out of town. They can even take your dog to the vet when they need to go and you don’t have time.

We live in a time when we all need daycare for our kids. We need to realize we also live in a time when we need pet care for our dogs. Like kids, they require the kind of constant attention that just isn’t possible in our economy. You don’t have to feel bad any longer, though. You just need to find the right pet care people to help you and your dog out.

Pet care is actually surprisingly affordable. By using a pet care specialist, your dog gets outside more. They get exercise. They also get positive attention. People don’t go into pet care if they don’t care about pets. When you aren’t at home to provide your pet all that love they need, you can make sure someone is there to play with and pet your dog for you.

This can feel uncomfortable at first, but just like daycare and preschool, we have to realize that we can’t take care of everyone on our own, not when so much is demanded of us in our work and social lives.

It’s a well-worn expression about raising children, but “it takes a village” is absolutely accurate. It takes many people to help raise a child. It also takes a lot of people to properly take care of your dogs. So, stop worrying about your pets at home alone, wanting to play fetch or walk around the neighborhood. Find a good pet care specialist in your area and give your pets the attention they need when you aren’t there.

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Where does all the money go?

I know people say this all the time, but I’m pretty desperate for money. No strike that, I’m really desperate. And I say “I’m” and not “we” for a reason.

I say “I’m” because I’m married to a lovely man who just doesn’t have a head for money. Ben’s wonderful, just a big, cute sweetheart who’s so gentle and sweet and kindhearted, I just love him to death. But Ben just can’t keep track of money.

That was sort of charming when we were first dating, but it’s become a major problem in our relationship since we got married, in fact, I’d say it’s THE major problem.

It’s THE problem because Ben suggested, very sweetly, that now we were married, we should have a house to settle in, where the kids could eventually grow up. He wanted the tire swing in the back and the jungle gym and all that. We had a great apartment, which I still miss, but he thought he had enough saved and enough coming in through his job (he’s a trucker, which means he’s gone a lot, which sucks, but we make it work) to pay for something nice.
Well, we got a house, but we didn’t get nice. Instead, we’ve got a place that’s falling apart all around us, and the money isn’t stretching to the end of the month. We’ve only been living here a year, and we’re already a month behind on the mortgage. I got my first letter about it in the mail because Ben took off last, and I told him about it. He shook his head like he was concerned, and he said he’d deal with it, but that’s the last I heard.

Now, I’m worried. I don’t know how long they’ll give us to make a payment, and I’m doubly worried if we fall behind now, we’ll never catch up.

At this point, I’m desperate enough to start looking for extreme options. I heard from a friend (whose husband is also a trucker) about factoring, which means you can get money early for deliveries you’ve made but haven’t been paid for. That’s exactly what we need, but Ben wasn’t interested.

What I’m looking at now is whether I can sign everything myself and get the money anyway. As I said, Ben doesn’t get money. I bet he’ll come home from this big trip with half the money already spent on some gift because he feels bad that I’m stressed. It’s sweet, I know, but we can’t afford that.

Hopefully, I can get everything signed myself. I’ll figure out how to tell Ben later.

Honestly, though, I wish we’d never moved here. I miss that apartment of ours so much. How much time should you give a big decision before deciding it was wrong? If I could sell the house for what we paid (I doubt it), I’d move back in a second.

But first things first, I’ve got to pay the bills now.

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What is a Ponzi Scheme?

A Ponzi scheme is a kind of investment fraud wherein a company pays returns to its investors using the capital of new investors, instead of using real profit. How the money goes around is inherently flawed, because the company will need a constant flow of new investors to keep the investment alive.

The company is aware of this, making a Ponzi scheme one of the most fraudulent investment scams today. Companies deliberately attract new investors by promising them high returns with very little risks. Once the investment collapses, only the company and maybe even a few of its first investors are the ones who will get the returns, while everybody is left behind.

Before you know it, the money you worked hard for is gone.

Because of the deliberately fraudulent nature of the investment, it may be hard to spot. The company will surely make ways to make the investment appear legitimate. Signs that an investment is a Ponzi scheme include:

  • High returns with no risks – Real investments with high returns are usually risky, so if a company has promised that their investments have high returns without the risks, be wary.
  • Unusual consistency in returns – Real investments have fluctuating values.
  • No registration and license – Real investments require registrations and real companies require licenses.
  • Secrets and unnecessary complexity – Real companies will make sure that you understand what you are getting into, so if a company seems to be bombarding you with technical words and hard to understand documents, be wary.
  • Paperwork problems – Real companies will provide clear, consistent, and error-free paperwork regarding your investments, so be cautious of a company that is reluctant when it comes to paperwork transparency.
  • Trouble with payments – Fraudulent companies will encourage you to reinvest money into the scheme, but the real purpose here is to keep the investment from crashing because of the lack of new investors.

To protect your hard-earned cash, it is best to avoid Ponzi schemes, or any fraudulent investment operations, by making sure that the company and investment are legitimated by proper documents and registrations. It is also important to fully understand the investment, because knowing your stuff is the best defense against fraud.

 

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