Trigger finger is a condition that can significantly inhibit your finger mobility. If left untreated, it can have lasting and severe complications. Thankfully, trigger finger release is a highly effective treatment for this condition. Learn more about trigger finger and the benefits of trigger finger release below.
What Is Trigger Finger?
Trigger finger, which may be technically referred to as “stenosing tenosynovitis,” is a locking finger that gets stuck in certain degrees of flexion. Once the finger is stuck, it either snaps back on its own or requires straightening by force.
This condition impacts the tissue connecting flexor tendons to finger bones. The tissue becomes inflamed, and the inflammation causes the tendon to thicken. The thickened portion of the tendon isn’t able to slide through the tendon sheath smoothly, so it gets stuck and causes the locking or catching sensation of the trigger finger.
Who Is At Risk for Trigger Fingers?
As mentioned above, trigger finger is caused by inflammation in the flexor tendon of the finger bone. This inflammation is generally caused by repeated strain and overuse of the fingers. For this reason, certain people are at an increased risk for trigger finger, including:
Trigger finger may also be caused by an underlying condition, such as:
- Rheumatoid arthritis
Trigger finger can also develop as a result of old age.
How Is Trigger Finger Treated?
The treatment of trigger finger usually requires surgical release. Surgical release involves a one-centimeter-long incision placed along the distal crease of the palm. The area of impingement is incised, and the thickened portion of the tendon is trimmed. This procedure typically only takes about 30 minutes, and the recovery period is minimal.
Corticosteroid injections are another common treatment for symptoms of trigger finger. However, this injection typically only relieves symptoms temporarily, meaning that you’ll need to return for subsequent treatments. Surgical release is a longer-lasting treatment for this condition.
If you’re experiencing trigger finger, contact us today to learn more about this condition and our available treatment options.