Trigger Finger

Trigger finger is a condition in which the affected finger locks or gets stuck when bending.


What causes Trigger Finger?

Trigger finger is caused by inflammation or thickening of the tissue around the flexor tendons of the fingers. The tendons that flex or bend your fingers run through a system of pulleys to allow for smooth motion. When the tendon or surrounding tissue becomes swollen or inflamed, the tendon can get caught on the edge of the pulley and “trigger.” Trigger finger is more common in patients who have diabetes.

What are the symptoms of Trigger Finger?

The affected digit can pop or lock when the finger is bent. Some patients describe their finger as “getting caught” in the palm as it is bent or tries to straighten out. There can be pain and stiffness associated with the triggering as well.

How can I treat Trigger Finger?

Trigger finger can be treated non-operatively with a steroid injection or surgically with a pulley release. Typically, steroid injection is offered as the first line treatment. If steroid injection has failed, surgery may be indicated. Dr. Yonker will discuss the recommended treatment for you depending on your particular case.

What is Trigger Finger Surgery?

Trigger finger can be definitively treated by dividing the pulley where the tendon is getting caught. This requires a small incision on the palm of the hand. Sometimes this procedure can be done in the office setting using local numbing medication.

Surgical Recovery

Trigger finger release surgery is typically done as an outpatient procedure. Most patients are able to return to their normal daily activities within 1-2 weeks of surgery.

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