Trigger finger is a condition that causes one or more of your fingers to get stuck in a bent position, making it difficult to move the affected digits. Straightening them is usually accompanied by pain or the sensation of snapping.
At the Fitzmaurice Hand Institute in Scottsdale, Arizona, Dr. Michael Fitzmaurice provides treatment that offers the fastest, most relief and return to full hand function with a minimally invasive approach. He constantly pushes to expand the precision of hand surgery by utilizing
new, innovative techniques that will help you get back to your life more quickly and with optimal results.
What Are The Symptoms Of Trigger Finger?
The symptoms of trigger finger often develop without the occurrence of a single injury. They may manifest, however, after a period of extensive hand use that is usually involved in grasping or pinching activities.
The common symptoms of trigger finger are:
There is stiffness when bending the finger or thumb, and is more pronounced in the
There is a snapping, clicking, or popping noise or sensation when moving the finger or
There is a lingering pain or soreness at the base of the finger or thumb when it moves or is
pressed on, or while gripping or grasping.
4. A BUMP
There is a swelling bump or lump around the base of your finger or thumb.
As the condition worsens, there will be locking or catching of the finger(s) or thumb in the
bent position which you are unable to straighten. They will either suddenly pop straight or
can only be straightened with the help of the other hand.
6. LIMITED FINGER MOTION
There is the inability to straighten or fully flex the finger due to the pain and discomfort
associated when attempting to make any movement.
How Can Trigger Finger Be Treated?
The goal of any trigger finger treatment is to resolve swelling, as well as any pain, stiffness, or uncomfortable sensations such as locking in order to restore motion. Initial treatment options for trigger finger are generally non-surgical. Doctors can prescribe a range of conservative treatment options such as:
● Rest – resting the hand and avoiding activities that can worsen the condition is typically recommended for mild cases of trigger finger. It may be enough to even resolve the problem.
● Gentle Exercises – performing stretching exercises can help decrease stiffness and improve range of motion and flexibility.
● Splinting – wearing a splint while sleeping will help keep the affected finger in a straight position.
● Medications – taking over-the-counter medications such as acetaminophen and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) can relieve inflammation and finger pain.
● Steroid Injections – administering corticosteroid or cortisone near the tendon sheath can help relieve finger stiffness, allowing the tendons to glide freely again and resolving the triggering for up to several weeks.
If the trigger finger does not respond to these available non-surgical treatments and the symptoms continue to recur, surgery should be considered.
It is the goal of surgery to increase the space for your flexor tendon to move. Leader in non-invasive hand surgeries, Dr. Fitzmaurice has pioneered a patent-pending system specifically designed for the treatment of trigger finger. The EndoTech® Endoscopic Trigger Finger Release
is performed without the need for complicated and invasive surgical techniques, and only using a small incision and an endoscopic technique done under a local anesthetic. This revolutionary instrumentation system allows for complete visualization of the tendon and digital nerve. After the thickened tissue over the tendon is safely divided, movement of the tendon will be restored.
Traditional open surgical procedures will usually involve large incisions, sutures, and several weeks of recovery time. EndoTech® will only make use of a single small incision (less than 1 cm) that allows for much less pain and faster healing with minimal scar tissue. Patients can also begin using their affected fingers immediately for light activities and can resume normal activities within just one week.
Schedule An Appointment
Our hand specialists at the Fitzmaurice Institute, home of the EndoTech® Release Surgery, are dedicated to providing the safest and most effective minimally invasive treatment option for trigger finger that results in a much higher success rate and a greater overall patient outcome. If you’d like to learn more about trigger finger or our revolutionary hand and wrist surgery option, schedule a consultation by calling our Scottsdale office at (480) 719-4750.