Trigger Finger Treatment
Each finger and the thumb rely on tendons to help them move and bend. Tendons connect the muscles to the bones, allowing the fingers to perform intricate tasks. Each tendon is protected by a sheath that allows it to smoothly slide over bone and perform contraction and extension movements of the fingers. When the tendons or sheath become inflamed from overuse or irritation, the tendon can become stiff, causing trigger finger or trigger thumb. Caliber Pain™ offers trigger finger treatment at our clinic in New York City.
What Is Trigger Finger?
Repeated bending of the fingers or thumb with force can cause tendon irritation and inflammation. Finger movements like pulling a trigger on a gun, playing an instrument or certain mechanical functions can put excess stress on the tendons in the fingers and thumb. When the tendon or sheath around it becomes inflamed, it no longer can move smoothly. A small lump can form on the tendon that also restricts tendon movement. Some of the symptoms of trigger finger, or stenosing tenosynovitis, include:
- A popping sound when bending the affected finger or thumb
- Pain or stiffness during movement of affected digit
- Pain at the base of the finger/thumb when gripping
- Finger or thumb becomes stuck or locked in a bent position
- Tender area or lump at base of the finger/thumb
Reducing trigger finger pain and improving function begin with relieving inflammation in the tendon and tendon sheath. Rest and the use of anti-inflammatory medications are conservative approaches to relieve mild inflammation. For more severe inflammation, corticosteroid injections may be recommended with the use of a brace or splint on the affected digits to relieve stress on the joints and tendons. While some severe cases may require surgery, conservative, non-invasive treatments can often provide pain relief and restore function.
Trigger finger or thumb can restrict your dexterity and cause pain. If you have stiff or painful fingers that lock in a bent position, contact our team at Caliber Pain™ in Midtown Manhattan. We offer trigger finger treatment to give you relief.