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 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.
The most common symptom of trigger finger is a bent “locked” finger. Other symptoms include:
You may notice the stiffness and “locking” are worse when you wake up in the morning or after a period of inactivity.
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:
He’ll also rule out other conditions that can cause swelling, stiffness, aches, and pains in your fingers.
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:
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.