Dr - 1. I have a strange situation that I
1. I have a strange situation that I need to ask you about
2. On some occasions when I am waking up from sleep I find it painful & difficult to flex or bend my right index finger at the joint - it feels like it's numb or something
3. Then once I flex it - it feels normal again & doesn't seem to bother me during my waking hours
4. Although I have noticed a small swelling at the joint of that finger - the joint that is used to bend or flex the finger
5 do you know what this could be?
May be due to trigger finger
Thanks for posting your query.
The difficulty in flexing the finger with a mid swelling in the joint area is suggestive of a mild tendon inflammation causing a trigger finger. Regular physiotherapy and mild pain killers with a hot compress can help in reducing the inflammation. You can get it examined by your physician for confirmation and get proper anti inflammatory medications prescribed.
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1. I think this may have a connection with a cervical disc protrusion that I developed after a car crash many years ago
2. I have noticed on some occasions I get some numbness in my hand/fingers when I am asleep in some position where the cervical disc gets irritated
3. Years ago an MRI did confirm the cervical disc protrusion at C3-C4
3. Do you think this may be accurate?
Numbness can be related to cervical disc.
Thanks for writing again.
The difficulty in flexion is related to a tendon related problem. The numbness in the area can be related to cervical disc protrusion.
If this is related to cervical disc protrusion then it can improve with cervical isometric exercises and methylcobalamin supplements.
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1. sometimes I practice yoga & some poses require that I lie down & raise my feet in the air - then fold my legs all the way back until my feet touch the ground behind my head. This is known as plough pose. I have attached a picture of this pose for your convenience.
2. do you think that this pose can cause [further] damage to my cervical spine?
3. what other activities do you think are harmful for the cervical spine?
This pose will not harm.
If you have been doing plough pose earlier also then it is not likely to harm the cervical spine. Rather it will add to its flexibility.
You need to avoid using a pillow, avoid abnormal neck positions and maintain a proper posture while working on computer, etc.
1. are you recommending that I sleep without a pillow? why is that?
2. a chiropractor once gave me a pillow and I use it regularly -- should I avoid that pillow as well?
You can use a thin pillow.
You can sleep without a pillow or use a thin pillow so that your head and neck remains in a straight line so as to cause minimal discomfort to the neck muscles. If the pillow that your chiropractor gave was a thin one( not more than 2 inches high) and soft then you can use it.