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Trigger Finger

Treating Trigger Finger

Are any of the fingers in your hand stuck in a bent position? Do you find it difficult to freely move all your fingers? If you answer yes, you may be suffering from a condition called ‘trigger finger”.

What is Trigger Finger?

The hand’s human anatomy includes long cord-like structures that connect the muscles present in the forearm to the bones in our fingers. These structures are called flexor tendons, and when we move our fingers, a band of tissues is responsible for holding our flexor tendons close to our fingers. When a person suffers from a trigger finger, it is most likely that the band of tissues at the base of the finger has become inflamed.

The trigger finger, also known as stenosing tenosynovitis, is a condition when one of the fingers in the hand gets stuck in a bent position. When you use your other hand to straighten out the finger, the resulting sound is a snap – which is similar to the sound produced when a trigger is pulled and released; hence, the name.

Sometimes, when a person suffers from an extreme case of trigger finger, the finger can get locked in a bent position, and cause severe pain as well.

Trigger Finger

This common condition, also known as stenosing tenosynovitis, is a narrowing of a portion of the tendon sheath in the finger or thumb that interferes with normal finger movement. This condition most commonly affects the ring finger, but can affect any digit. It is more common in middle-aged women, but anyone can be affected, even newborns.

What Are the Risk Factors Associated with the Trigger Finger?

Experts have revealed that trigger finger is most commonly seen amongst females. People who suffer from health conditions like diabetes or rheumatoid arthritis are at a higher risk of developing this condition.

If you have recently undergone carpal tunnel syndrome surgery, you will develop a high chance of developing a trigger finger.

Besides this, the people who are engaged in occupations that require them to repeatedly grip objects and use their hands and fingers for prolonged periods put themselves at risk of developing this condition. Certain common activities like gardening, pruning, and clipping can also prompt the condition to develop.


Diagnosis & Treatment

The diagnosis for the trigger finger is fairly simple. The expert doctors at our clinic will have a look at your affected finger and check your range of motion. Your medical history will also be taken into consideration.

Once the trigger finger has been diagnosed, you will be put on a treatment plan. The number one solution to the problem is to rest the affected finger adequately. In addition to this, you will be required to wear a finger splint for a few weeks, which helps to straighten out the finger and rest the tendons. Certain stretching movements will also be recommended.

If the condition is too severe, our doctors will discuss advanced treatment options with you.

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Our professional doctors at Source Healthcare clinic in Santa Monica, California, are highly specialized in a variety of orthopedic treatments. If you are suffering from any symptoms related to a trigger finger, visit us to receive an appropriate treatment plan to help you heal effectively.

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