Trigger Finger Treatments

socal orthopedic jennider hertz mdDoctor Hertz helps women and men throughout the La, CA, area manage the symptoms of trigger finger, offering both conventional and surgical treatments to alleviate tension and resolve symptoms.

What is a trigger finger?

Also known as stenosing tenosynovitis, trigger finger occurs when inflammation restricts the action of the tendon within your hand, inducing the finger to become “stuck” in a bent position. As the tendon goes back to its normal position if the muscle finally “breaks free” of the impingement, you may notice a snapping sound. Trigger finger most commonly affects the flash, middle finger or ring finger.

What are the symptoms of trigger finger?

Initially, your finger might feel hard, or you may feel a popping sensation while your finger moves or extend. Sometimes, an unpleasant bump appears within the hand in the base of the affected hand. Whenever you try to extend it your hand may “catch” in a bent position for a moment. Over time, chronic infection may cause bumps or nodules to form in the sheath that enters the tendon, creating action even more complicated. The finger could become locked in position, if inflammation across the tendon is very critical.

How is trigger finger treated?

Trigger finger could be addressed in various ways, with respect to the seriousness of the symptoms. While infection surrounding the tendon subsides in some instances, splinting the hand might help by limiting movement. Often, splinting is coupled with needles of steroids to reduce inflammation more. Program of ice and temperature may also relieve symptoms in some instances. When these more traditional methods don’t ineffective in managing symptoms, a minimally-invasive method called “percutaneous release” might be performed. Percutaneous release involves using a needle inserted near the tendon to separation fibrous structure that could be restricting normal motion within the tendon. The procedure might be done using ultrasound to guide the needle’s placement. Minimally-invasive surgery may also be applied to get rid of the restricted part of the tendon sheath that’s causing difficulties with the movement of the tendon.