Trigger Finger

Trigger finger involves symptoms of catching or locking of the fingers or thumb. The tendons which flex our fingers (bend our fingers towards the palm) are held close to the underlying bones by ligaments called pulleys. Non-inflammatory trigger finger results when the A1 pulley becomes tight, and the flexor tendon cannot glide smoothly. This leads to catching of the fingers as they attempt to move from a flexed (closed) to an extended (open) position. Occasionally, the finger may be stuck in a flexed (closed) position and has to be pulled open. Rarely, the finger may be locked in a flexed (closed) position and unable to be pulled open.  A non-surgical treatment option commonly utilized involves cortisone injection into the area of constriction. When nonoperative treatment remains unsuccessful, surgical release of the area of constriction may provide relief. 

Outcomes after Hand Surgery vary and risks and benefits should be discussed in detail with your treating physician.  Non-operative treatment also carries risks and benefits which should be discussed with your treating physician.

Disclaimer: This information is not intended to covey, substitute or supplant any medical advice. In order to establish a treating relationship, please schedule and complete your visits with a licensed physician.

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