252011Nov

Signs you may have Trigger Finger

Trigger finger is a common finger problem that can usually be remedied with minimal finger treatment performed in-office at Florida Hand Center, but sometimes requires finger surgery.It results from thickening of the tendon in the palm. The thickening produces a finger problem that results in pain and/or difficulty bending or straightening the finger or thumb.

Here are some of the symptoms that indicate trigger finger as a possible condition:

  • Locking or clicking – can prevent the finger from moving.
  • Pain – which can be felt when trying to move the finger or sometimes when the finger is at rest.
  • Stiffness – making it difficult to move the finger.
  • Lump – occasionally there is an actual lump in the palm that moves when the finger is bent.

Trigger finger can be worse with heavy use of the hand or, sometimes, in the morning. The symptoms are often seen in people who use their hands and fingers extensively. Needlework, heavy computer use, and other forceful, repetitious activities may also provoke trigger finger, but some patients are just prone to tendon swelling and tendon issues leading to trigger finger

Trigger finger is diagnosed with an examination by a physician who is likely to prescribe some sort of trigger finger treatment. At Florida Hand Center, the finger problem is often successfully treated with a cortisone injection into the area adjacent to the tendon. The application of ice several times a day after the injection is also an important part of trigger finger treatment. If the injection is not effective or the symptoms recur, trigger finger surgery may be recommended.

Trigger finger surgery is also known as trigger finger release. It is done through a small incision in the palm of the hand. The sheath around the tendon is opened up to enlarge the space of the tendon and the small incision is usually closed with only one small suture.

Trigger finger surgery can be performed with the patient under local anesthesia and in many cases, the results are immediately apparent. At Florida Hand Center this procedure is performed in-office and takes roughly fifteen minutes, saving the patient both time and money.

After trigger finger surgery, the increased space around the tendon allows the swelling to resolve and the pain should be relieved. Prescription pain medication is not needed as part of the finger treatment. Normal activities, except those that require forceful gripping, lifting, or repetition, can be resumed immediately.

The medical experts at Florida Hand Center have literally treated thousands of patients successfully with this condition.  Complications with trigger finger surgery are very uncommon and include infection, scar tenderness, stiffness, and pain. Recurrence of the finger problem is highly unlikely, but, like any surgical procedure, is possible.

About Florida Hand Center

Florida Hand Center is a specialized medical facility focused on minimally invasive hand and arm treatments. Founded by Dr. Stephen Helgemo, Florida’s leading carpal tunnel doctor, the facility offers both surgical and non-surgical treatment options and has thousands of patient success stories.

Some of the most commonly treated conditions include carpal tunnel syndrome, trigger finger, basilar joint arthritis, cubital tunnel syndrome, Dupuytren’s Contracture, lateral epicondylitis and injuries to the hand, wrist and fingers. Florida Hand Center provides on-site diagnostic testing such as nerve tests and imaging and saves patients time and money each year by offering quick, safe and successful in-office procedures.