Trigger finger is a condition that affects tendons in your fingers or thumb. The cause of trigger finger is unknown. However, it is more commonly found in women than men, as well as in those suffering from other health issues, such as diabetes or rheumatoid arthritis.
Symptoms of trigger finger include a lump in the palm, pain when straightening your fingers, and swelling. Severe cases inhibit patients from extending the affected finger.
Conservative treatment for trigger finger includes resting of splinting the finger, anti-inflammatory medications, and steroid injections. Conservative treatment options are always exhausted first; however, if they prove ineffective, then surgical options may be explored.
A surgical outpatient procedure known as trigger finger release can be necessary in some cases. Restoring a patient’s full function is always the ultimate goal, making trigger finger release an excellent treatment option to consider when surgery is necessary.
A patient can expect to wear a bandage for a few days following the procedure, as well as undergo light exercises to restore mobility.
If you are suffering from trigger finger or a hand condition, call Carolina Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine Center at (704) 325-4336 to schedule an appointment with one of our hand specialists.