Treating Trigger Finger

Stenosing tenosynovitis, commonly known as “trigger finger,” is a condition that involves the tendons located within the finger. The tendons located in the finger are held close to the bone by a series of pulleys which allows the tendons to glide easily when gripping or grabbing. Trigger finger occurs when the pulleys become thickened, preventing the tendons from gliding easily.

Causes of Trigger Finger

While in most cases the cause of trigger finger is unknown, it has been associated with a number of conditions such as: rheumatoid arthritis, gout, and diabetes.

Symptoms of Trigger Finger

Trigger finger can cause a great amount of pain on the base of the finger and it also may cause popping, catching, and limited finger movement.

How to Treat Trigger Finger

  • Anti-inflammatory medication can assist with the pain
  • Gentle stretching at home, which would consist of locking the affected finger together with a finger from the opposite hand and gently stretching the the fingers apart. See video for demonstration.
  • Ask a hand specialist if you are eligible to receive a corticosteroid injection into the area of the pain. This is usually an extremely effective treatment measure.
  • If the corticosteroid injection does not resolve the issue, a small surgery is recommended.

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