Trigger finger can be an uncomfortable condition, causing your fingers to get stuck in a bent position and affecting the use of your hands. Dr. Newman can help you find relief with trigger finger treatment.
Trigger finger, or stenosing tenosynovitis, occurs when flexor tendons develop a bulge preventing smooth gliding through pulleys in the palm. This results in the finger bending or straightening with a snap. In severe cases, the fingers can even lock up and become difficult to bend and straighten. The condition can affect any of the fingers, including the thumb. The cause of trigger finger is a weakening of the tendon sheath, often caused by repeating hand motions and gripping. Signs that you may be developing trigger finger are:
- Finger stiffness that is worse in the morning
- Discomfort in the palm or base of the finger
- A snapping or clicking when you move your finger
- Finger locking in a bent position that is difficult to straighten
Those who have been diagnosed with trigger finger may be candidates for a repair treatment with Dr. Newman. The condition is fairly easy to diagnose after an examination of the hand and its movement. There are several things that can be done at home to ease the symptoms of trigger finger like anti-inflammatory medication, resting the fingers, and stretching exercises. However, when these remedies fail, patients can seek in-office treatment from Dr. Newman.
Depending on the severity of trigger finger, there are several options for treatment that Dr. Newman can discuss. Steroid injections near the affected tendon can reduce inflammation and allow the finer to move more smoothly. This is effective for up to a year before a follow-up treatment is needed. For a more long-term solution, Dr. Newman may recommend surgical treatment. This involves a small incision near the base of the affected finger where a section of the damaged tendon can be removed.
Even with surgical treatment, the downtime after trigger finger repair is fairly short. Steroid injections will not require any recovery time. After surgery, patients can expect to rest the hand until the incisions are fully healed. There may be limited mobility of the fingers for several weeks, but this will gradually improve.
To learn more about trigger finger and your treatment options, contact our office and schedule your consultation with Dr. Newman in St. Petersburg, FL.