Trigger Finger Doctor in New York

What is trigger finger?

Trigger finger is a condition characterized by one of your fingers catching, clicking, or getting stuck in a bent position. In serious cases, trigger finger results in the finger losing the ability to completely straighten at all. At Specialty Orthopaedics, we’ve seen many patients suffering from trigger finger and the pain that comes with it. We have extensive experience providing the highest quality of evidence-based care to treat your condition and get you back to your regular function.

What causes trigger finger?

In a healthy finger, your tendons glide easily through a small, protective sheath when you bend and move your fingers. Trigger finger occurs when one of these tendons becomes enlarged and cannot move smoothly through the protective sheath that surrounds it. This is due to a tendon becoming inflamed and irritated, which may be more common among those with one or more of the following risk factors:

  • Diabetes
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Jobs or activities that involve tightly gripping objects or with repetitive motion

What are the symptoms of trigger finger?

Visit one of our experienced providers at Specialty Orthopaedics if you experience any of the following symptoms of trigger finger:

  • Finger stiffness
  • Finger snapping, clicking, or popping sensation when moving a finger
  • Finger pain
  • Finger locking or freezing in the bent position
  • Finger that stays stuck or suddenly pops straight again
  • Finger tenderness, especially around finger joints
  • Bump at the base of your finger

How is trigger finger diagnosed?

Trigger finger can be diagnosed by one of our doctors at Specialty Orthopaedics during a physical exam. At this consultation, we’ll also discuss your concerns, symptoms, medical history, and other relevant information to help us diagnose your condition. Your doctor will likely look at your finger very closely during your visit, asking you to perform certain movements to help rule out any other conditions and ensure an accurate diagnosis.

How is trigger finger treated?

At Specialty Orthopaedics, we offer both traditional as well as innovative, new surgical treatment options for our patients suffering from trigger finger. We always attempt to address your condition using conservative options first and will only recommend surgical options when absolutely necessary. Some of the conservative options that might be used to treat trigger finger include:

  • Rest
  • Splinting
  • Lifestyle modifications
  • Anti-inflammatory medications
  • Steroid injections

If your symptoms persist or worsen after using conservative treatment options, we may recommend trigger finger surgery. Our physicians have years of experience performing this operation using the latest techniques and least invasive approaches.

If you are experiencing symptoms of trigger finger, visit Specialty Orthopaedics. Our New York orthopedic practice is home to a team of fellowship-trained orthopedists in a variety of orthopedic 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.

Dr. Aaron Insel

Dr. Aaron Insel

Hand & Upper Extremity Specialist

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