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What is Trigger Finger?

Trigger finger (TF) is a condition that effects movement of the fingers. Trigger finger symptomsinclude locking or clicking when the finger is moved, difficulty moving the finger(s) or stiffness, and tenderness or pain where the finger connects to the hand. Trigger finger treatmentis usually painless and effective, and can be done a quick in-office by Florida Hand Center – the leading Port Charlotte hand doctor.

Trigger finger symptoms do not have to be to have trigger finger; any combination may be seen and multiple fingers may be involved. Some people refer to trigger finger symptomsas tendonitis and it is often wrongly diagnosed as arthritis.

Certain medical conditions are commonly associated with trigger finger including diabetes, arthritis, and carpal tunnel syndrome, but the actual reason why people develop TF is not known. The tendon, a rope-like structure that moves the finger “enters” the finger in the palm where the finger connects to the hand via a fleshy tube called the tendon sheath. It’s this area where TF occurs when the tendon becomes swollen or thickened and subsequently doesn’t slide properly within the tendon sheath.

Although the problem can sometimes get better without trigger finger treatment, this does not typically occur. The trigger finger symptoms to be progressive and will often lead to more troublesome secondary problems such as joint stiffness. Joint stiffness responds poorly to treatment and is better avoided then treated. Dr. Stephen Helgemo, the Port Charlotte hand doctor, can help with that.

The standard trigger finger treatment a single cortisone injection given adjacent to the effected tendon with a reported effectiveness is around 80%. This has been our experience at Hand Center where, as  the leading Port Charlotte hand doctor, we treat hundreds of patients successfully for this problem every year.

When the shot is not effective, surgery to relieve the pressure on the tendon is the recommended trigger finger treatment. For most surgeons, this means a trip to the operating room with anesthesia.

At Hand Center, we have been performing trigger finger surgeries for syears in our office, saving our patients time and money After a local anesthetic is given, the condition is relieved with a two-minute procedure and pain medication is not needed afterwards. The results have been uniformly excellent with no known recurrences after hundreds of procedures.

In summary, this is a simple condition with an equally simple trigger finger treatment.  We urge you to have these trigger finger symptomevaluated so that you may regain maximum, pain-free use of your hand.