Florida Hand Center trigger finger video details trigger finger treatment options

This trigger finger video answers patient questions about the condition known as trigger finger and offers some trigger finger treatment options.

Trigger finger is a condition that results from thickening of the tendon in your palm which affects your fingers or thumb. It can often be alleviated through a few different trigger finger treatment options, though sometimes finger surgery is necessary. This trigger finger video these possibilities in a little more depth.

The thickening of tendons results in pain and/or difficulty bending or straightening the finger or thumb. Trigger finger include locking or clicking, pain, and stiffness (or any combination of these.) Occasionally, there is an actual lump in the palm that moves when you bend the finger. 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. Trigger fingeris commonly associated with diabetes, arthritis, and carpal tunnel syndrome. People may recall an injury to the hand, but usually there is no clear inciting event.

Trigger finger treatment options often begin 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 your 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.

Dr. Helgemo, who is shown in the trigger finger video, usually performs trigger finger procedures in the office. The safety and efficacy of the procedure itself are enhanced by performing the trigger finger release in the office under local anesthesia. In many cases, the results are immediately apparent – your finger clicks, and in a few minutes the clicking is gone. The time spent at the office is trivial compared with time spent when this is performed in the operating room. The cost of conducting this trigger finger treatment in the office is significantly less than when performed in the hospital, making it one of the most frequently chosen trigger finger treatment options.

Prescription pain medication is not needed. You will be able to wash your hand after two days; the incision should be covered with a fabric band-aid. Normal activities, except those that require forceful gripping, lifting, or repetition can be resumed immediately.

Complications with trigger finger surgery are very uncommon and include infection, scar tenderness, stiffness, and pain. Recurrence of the trigger is highly unlikely, but, like any surgical procedure, is possible.

For more information about trigger finger treatment options, click on the trigger finger video.