What is trigger finger?
Also known as stenosing tenosynovitis, it causes the fingers to catch while moving. In severe cases, the finger locks in a bent position. It most often affects the thumb and ring finger but can affect any finger or more than one at a time.
What causes trigger finger?
This condition results from inflammation of the tendon sheath in a finger. One of the most common causes is arthritis, but it can also result from diabetes, wear and tear from repetitive movements or age, and hormonal imbalance.
How is stenosing tenosynovitis diagnosed?
Our board-certified, fellowship-trained doctor will perform a thorough physical examination and determine whether the condition is trigger finger or a similar condition known as Dupuytren’s contracture.
What is the best treatment for trigger finger?
If conservative measures such as finger rest, cold packs, and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs don’t help, there are several options. Steroid injections can reduce the swelling of the tendon sheath. A minor surgical procedure can free the constricted tissue.
If you are experiencing popping or locking of your finger, make an appointment with Orthopedic Specialists right away. Our board-certified, fellowship-trained doctors are experts in the diagnosis and treatment of all hand conditions.