Trigger Finger Specialist

David Galpern, MD -  - Board Certified Hand and Upper Extremity Surgeon

Comprehensive Hand Surgery Center

David Galpern, MD

Board Certified Hand and Upper Extremity Surgeon located in West End, Richmond, VA

If your finger is becoming “locked” in a trigger position, you should know that it’s a condition that’s treatable with the right care. Board-certified hand surgeon David Galpern, MD, and the team at Comprehensive Hand Surgery Center, located in the West End of Richmond, Virginia, offers nonsurgical and surgical treatments for trigger finger to help restore full function to your affected hand. If you’re ready to regain optimal use of your hands, call the office or book a consultation online today.

Trigger Finger Q & A

What is trigger finger?

Trigger finger is a treatable condition where your finger is caught in a bent position. This condition is caused by inflammation of the tendon in your finger. Though not serious, trigger finger can interfere with your quality of life, keeping you from doing things you enjoy.

Trigger finger is a form of tendinitis or swelling of the tendons. Strenuous or repetitive movements can aggravate your tendons, and when the tendons that bend your fingers become aggravated, it often leads to swelling. Swelling interferes with the normal movement of the tendons in your finger, causing your finger to catch and lock in position.

Trigger finger is more likely to happen if you have certain health conditions, such as rheumatoid arthritis or diabetes.

What are the symptoms of trigger finger?

The most common symptom of trigger finger is a bent “locked” finger. Other symptoms include:

  • Pain
  • Stiffness
  • Swelling
  • A round raised area, or nodule, on your palm

You may notice the stiffness and “locking” are worse when you wake up in the morning or after a period of inactivity.

How is trigger finger diagnosed?

Diagnosing trigger finger is straightforward. Dr. Galpern examines your hand to confirm that trigger finger is the problem. During your exam, he may look for:

  • Triggering when you bend and straighten your finger
  • Tenderness over the flexor tendon sheath in your palm
  • Thickening or swelling of the tendon sheath

He’ll also rule out other conditions that can cause swelling, stiffness, aches, and pains in your fingers.

How is trigger finger treated?

Dr. Galpern works with you to create a treatment plan that’s right for your lifestyle and level of activity. Your treatment plan may include:

  • Prescription medications, such as nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) or cortisone-type medications
  • A splint to keep your finger in a straight position
  • Hand therapy to ease stiffness and improve your range of motion in the trigger finger
  • A cortisone shot to provide short-term relief

Should your condition be so severe that it’s damaging your quality of life, Dr. Galpern may recommend surgery. For most patients, surgery permanently relieves “locking” and pain.

If you’re ready to take a positive step to put trigger finger behind you, call or book a consultation online today with the hand care experts at Comprehensive Hand Surgery Center.