Vibration White Finger

What is Vibration White Finger?

Vibration White Finger, or VWF, is a vascular condition caused by a lack of blood flow to the extremities. VWF is characterized by its most noteworthy symptom– during a flare-up, blood exits the fingers, causing them to appear white. It is usually caused by repeated vibrations in the hands, but it can also be caused by emotional stress, or as a secondary condition to Raynaud’s syndrome. Those who frequently use tools that vibrate while in use, like hand drills, chainsaws, or jackhammers, are at an increased risk of developing this condition.
Vibration White Finger

Symptoms of Vibration White Finger

While the most noticeable characteristic of Vibration White Finger is the pale appearance of the fingers, this condition can cause other uncomfortable symptoms, which include:
  • Tingling and numbness in the fingers
  • Loss of hand or arm strength
  • Difficulty picking up small items
  • Whitening of the fingertips that becomes worse in cold weather
Patients experiencing any of these symptoms should be examined by a hand specialist to confirm if their symptoms are caused by Vibration White Finger.

Treatment Options

While there is no true “cure” for Vibration White Finger, there are treatment options available for those whose lives are impacted by this condition. Dr. Donnelly may first recommend the patient cease use of tools that vibrate the fingers. Regular hand therapy exercises and movements are known to improve blood flow to the extremities, which can help with the symptoms of VWF.

In chronic cases that are not alleviated by a change in routine and therapy, patients may require pain-relieving medications to control their symptoms. Some patients find relief from some antihypertensive drugs, such as calcium channel blockers. It is also recommended that patients suffering from VWF quit smoking and avoid cold environments.

Think You Have Vibration White Finger?

If you are in a profession that exposes your hands to frequent vibration and you are experiencing any of the symptoms of Vibration White Finger, do not hesitate to contact the office of Dr. Brandon P. Donnelly. Dr. Donnelly and his team are well-versed in the diagnosis and treatment of a wide array of hand conditions and injuries, including Vibration White Finger.