If you find one of your fingers is bent over and you’re having trouble straightening it, the problem is likely to be trigger finger. At The Hand Center in Hartford, Glastonbury, Tolland, and Bloomfield, Connecticut, the experienced hand specialists provide prompt diagnosis and the most up-to-date treatments of problems like trigger finger. If you’re having any symptoms of pain or dysfunction in your hand, call The Hand Center office nearest you today or schedule an appointment using the online booking form.
Trigger finger (stenosing tenosynovitis) is a condition where your finger gets stuck in a bent or curled position. The finger might straighten or bend suddenly, feel like it’s catching, or in severe cases, lock up completely.
Trigger finger happens when the tendons in your palm become inflamed and irritated. These tendons help you to bend your fingers. The tendons pass under a fibrous sheath called the A1 pulley in your palm, which is where the restriction develops that causes trigger finger.
Trigger finger causes pain, swelling, and tenderness at the base of the affected finger.
The inflammation and irritation that causes the symptoms of trigger finger are more likely to affect you if your work or an activity you do repeatedly involves having to grip for prolonged periods.
Trigger finger is also more likely to develop if you have a chronic condition like diabetes or rheumatoid arthritis. Women experience trigger finger more than men.
Resting the finger can help, and your provider at The Hand Center can fit you with a splint or orthosis to restrict movement. This gives your finger time to heal. Pain-relieving medication can help with discomfort. You might need steroid injections to reduce inflammation.
Steroid injections are often effective for as much as a year, although it can take several treatments to get a good result. Hand therapy is also important. Your therapist can help stretch and loosen the finger safely and give you exercises to do at home.
If these initial treatments aren’t relieving your symptoms, the next stage is to consider surgery at The Hand Center.
One procedure the team at The Hand Center can do is percutaneous release. Under a local anesthetic, your provider inserts a solid needle into the tissues surrounding the affected tendon. Moving the needle around while flexing your finger helps to break up the restriction that's preventing the smooth movement of your tendon.
The Hand Center team can also carry out trigger finger release surgery to free up the tendon involved.
To find out more about treatment for trigger finger, call The Hand Center today or book an appointment online.