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What Is the Main Cause of Trigger Finger?

Trigger Finger | Specialty Orthopedics |Trigger finger, also known as stenosing tenosynovitis, is a condition in which the finger is stuck in a bent position. It may make a clicking or popping sound whenever the finger is bent or straightened and can be painful. The main cause of trigger finger is swelling and inflammation around the tendon. Without treatment, the finger may become locked in the bent position. People who have hobbies or jobs that require repetitive gripping or squeezing are more likely to develop trigger finger, as are people with diabetes.

Symptoms of Trigger Finger

One of the most common symptoms of trigger finger is stiffness. Especially when you first wake up, your finger may feel stiff or be painful to bend and make a popping sound when you try to bend it or straighten it. You may also experience your finger is stuck in a bent position or locking in a bent position then suddenly popping. You can get a trigger finger in more than one finger at a time, and it can occur in the thumb. You may notice the trigger finger more when you try to pick up a glass or cup.

How Is Trigger Finger Treated?

Mild trigger finger pain may be successfully treated with ibuprofen. Rest, splinting, and therapy to stretch the tendon may help prolong your use of the finger, but at some point, in order to repair the finger, surgery will most likely be required. Trigger finger surgery is the only treatment that can restore the motion of your finger and reduce tendon inflammation. The surgery requires a small incision into the palm of the hand, where the sheath that surrounds the tendon will be cut to release pressure so that the irritated tendon can glide smoothly.

If you are interested in trigger finger surgery, visit Specialty Orthopaedics. Our New York orthopedic practice is home to a team of fellowship-trained orthopedists in a variety of specialty areas. We offer comprehensive treatment for musculoskeletal disorders in a caring and responsive clinical atmosphere. Give us a call at 914.686.0111 or fill out the form on this page to schedule your appointment today.

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