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Vibration White Finger » Treatment for VWF


If you have been diagnosed with Vibration White Finger (VWF) by your GP or a specialist, there is a range of treatments that may be suggested to relieve your symptoms.

Treatment for severe symptoms

If your symptoms are severe, vasodilator drugs may be prescribed to dilate the small blood vessels, relieving constrictions. Some people have to take this medicine every day to prevent symptoms while others just use it in winter or when it is particularly cold.

If you are prescribed drugs for Vibration White Finger, check the information leaflet in the packet for any possible side-effects and cautions. There are other types of medication that can be prescribed if the first prescription is not be suitable for you.

Most physicians will only recommend surgery if they feel that normal treatments will not treat the condition effectively. However, one operation that can be used to temporarily help those with Vibration White Finger is called a sympathectomy and it involves cutting the nerves that cause the arteries to constrict.

Treatment for symptoms that are less severe

Ideally, vibratory work should be stopped. However, if symptoms are not severe and you are continuing to carry out physical work, anti-vibration gloves can be recommended. These gloves reduce vibration while keeping the fingers and hands warm and dry. Gloves need to be properly fitted to make sure there is not too much finger movement that could create cuts.

In order to prevent your condition from worsening, it is important to take regular breaks when using vibratory tools. It is also advisable to check tools are in good condition and that they conform to safety standards. As an alternative, your employer may be able to provide non-vibratory tools.

Some people find supportive therapy treatments to be useful in treating Vibration White Finger. These therapies fall into two categories: conventional and complementary.

Conventional therapies

Some conventional therapies for VWF include:

  • Physiotherapy: a range of massage techniques, exercise, heat, infrared and ultraviolet rays.
  • Immobilisation: the use of splints to alleviate pain by immobilising the hands and arms.
  • Steroid injections: an injection of cortisone into the pain trigger point joint.

Complementary therapies

Some complementary therapies that can be used to promote relaxation and healing for Vibration White Finger sufferers include:

  • Alexander technique: a movement therapy designed to identify postural misuse.
  • Pilates: a body conditioning method that targets the deep abdominal muscles to build up their strength and improve flexibility.
  • Yoga: a combination of physical postures and breathing techniques.
  • Feldenkrais: a unique and sophisticated approach to human understanding, learning and change.
  • Acupuncture: a branch of traditional Chinese medicine that involves inserting fine needles at selected points on the skin to balance the bodys energy (chi), to treat and prevent disease.

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If you have been diagnosed with Vibration White Finger as a result of your work, HappyClaim can help you with the process of making a compensation claim. Our expert personal injury solicitors have much expertise in all forms of work-related injury claims, and all offer a no win, no fee service.

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