What is Trigger Finger?
The tendons that bend the fingers glide easily with the help of pulleys. These pulleys hold the tendons close to the bone, similar to how a line is held on a fishing rod. Trigger finger occurs when the pulley becomes too thick, so the tendon cannot glide easily through it.
Symptoms of Trigger Finger
Symptoms of trigger finger include pain and tenderness over the base of the finger. Patients may wake up with a finger stuck in the flexed position.
Treatment for Trigger Finger
Dr. Lies will first attempt to treat your trigger finger with a steroid injection. This usually starts to work in 4-6 days, but it may take up to one month to fully resolve the issue. Surgery may be warranted if the steroid injection fails to restore movement. Trigger finger release is a minor procedure which can be done under local anesthesia with or without sedation.