Trigger finger can cause pain, stiffness, and a telltale catching sensation whenever an affected finger bends or straightens. The condition occurs when the flexor tendon—which allows the finger to bend—gets caught in its sheath, a band of tissue that holds the tendon and finger bone firmly together. Normally, the tendon glides smoothly within its sheath, but its movement can be inhibited by inflamed tissue.
Trigger finger sometimes develops after forceful hand activities, such as those involved in gardening and pruning. However, its exact cause is unknown. If you have trigger finger, you can receive prompt and effective treatment from a hand specialist at Premier Bone & Joint Centers in Torrington, Wyoming.
How Is Trigger Finger Treated?
Usually, trigger finger treatment begins conservatively with a combination of:
- Rest – It can be helpful to rest the affected hand and avoid activities that worsen the pain.
- Splinting – A splint may be worn at night to hold the trigger finger straight during sleep.
- Hand therapy – Gentle stretches and exercises can be performed to reduce stiffness and increase the range of motion of the trigger finger.
- Medication – Over-the-counter nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) can help relieve painful inflammation.
- Injections – A powerful anti-inflammatory medication can be injected directly into the tendon sheath at the base of the trigger finger. If the triggering does not improve, a second injection may be considered. If two injections do not alleviate the symptoms, surgery may be discussed.
Trigger Finger Surgery Is Always Elective
If you are considering surgical treatment for trigger finger, the team at Premier Bone & Joint Centers can help you make an informed decision based on the level of pain and loss of function you are experiencing. If your trigger finger is stuck in a flexed or bent position, surgery may prevent permanent stiffness.
To learn more about trigger finger treatment, contact Premier Bone & Joint Centers today to schedule an appointment with a hand doctor at our satellite clinic in Torrington, WY.