The cause of trigger finger is generally unknown. However, it is found more commonly in women than men as well as in those suffering from other health issues, such as diabetes or rheumatoid arthritis.
Symptoms of trigger finger include a lump in the palm, pain when straightening your fingers, and swelling. Severe cases inhibit patients from extending the affected finger.
Treatment methods for trigger finger include:
- Splinting to rest your finger so it can heal naturally
- Anti-inflammatory medications to relieve pain and swelling
- Corticosteroid injections for powerful, temporary pain relief
A surgical outpatient procedure known as trigger finger release can be necessary in some cases.
Restoring a patient’s full function is always the ultimate goal, making trigger finger release an excellent treatment option to consider when surgery is necessary. Conservative treatment options are always exhausted first, but if those methods prove ineffective, then surgical options may be explored.
A patient can expect to wear a bandage for a few days following the procedure and undergo light exercises to restore mobility.
Do you think you are experiencing trigger finger? Call Appalachian Orthopedics at (423) 434-6300 to schedule an appointment with a hand specialist.