Trigger Finger

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Trigger Finger services offered in Live Oak, San Antonio and Schertz, TX

If you have a finger that’s stiff, locked in a bent position, or tender, it could be because of trigger finger. At Northeast Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine, with locations in Shertz, San Antonio and Live Oak, Texas, the board-certified orthopedic specialists offer treatments for trigger finger to restore function and reduce pain. Call the office nearest you to learn more, or schedule an appointment online today. 

Trigger Finger Q & A

What is trigger finger?

Trigger finger is a condition that causes one or more fingers to be in a bent position and then straighten with a snap — like a trigger being pulled. Trigger finger appears because of inflammation and narrowing of the space surrounding an affected tendon. Your finger might also get locked in a bent position. 

What are the symptoms of trigger finger?

Symptoms of trigger finger include:

  • Popping or clicking sensations
  • Stiffness
  • Tenderness in your finger
  • Bump at the base of the affected finger
  • Finger locking
  • Inability to straighten your finger
  • Catching or locking of your finger

Trigger finger can also affect your thumb or more than one finger at a time. It might feel painful or debilitating when left untreated. 

What are the risk factors for trigger finger?

Causes and risk factors that may contribute to trigger finger include:

  • Inflammation
  • Repeated gripping
  • Being a woman
  • Diabetes
  • Rheumatoid arthritis 
  • Past carpal tunnel syndrome surgery

To reduce your risk of developing trigger finger, properly treat a chronic disease if you have one and avoid repetitive motions. Take breaks from repeated motions when necessary to avoid irritation and inflammation. 

How does my provider diagnose trigger finger?

To find out if you have trigger finger, Northeast Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine specialists discuss your symptoms and medical history with you. 

They examine your finger and ask you to open and close your hand. Providers also look for signs of locking, smoothness of motion, and tenderness. They feel your hand for a possible lump that moves when your finger moves.

How is trigger finger treated?

If you have trigger finger, the Northeast Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine team could suggest one or more of the following treatments:

  • Oral medications
  • Steroid injections
  • Resting the affected finger
  • Wearing padded gloves
  • Splinting
  • Stretching exercises
  • Physical therapy
  • Surgery
  • Percutaneous release

During percutaneous release, your provider numbs the treatment area, inserts a needle into affected tissues, moves the needle to break apart constriction, and opens the affected tendon sheath without damaging nerves nearby.

To find out if you have trigger finger or get treatment to tame its pain, call one of the Northeast Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine offices, or schedule an appointment online today.