Causes, Symptoms and Treatment of Trigger Finger:
The straightening mechanism hesitates for a few moments before the tendon suddenly overcomes the resistance. The finger then straightens with a sudden jerk or triggering motion.
Symptoms of Trigger Finger
- A snapping sensation (triggering) in the affected finger or fingers
- Inability to extend the finger smoothly or at all (it may lock in place while bent)
- Tenderness to the touch over the tendon, usually at the base of the finger or palm
- Soreness in the affected finger or fingers
Diagnosis of Trigger Finger
Treatment of Trigger Finger
Sometimes it is helped by ice and anti-inflammatory medicine, such as ibuprofen. If this does not work, your health care provider may give you an injection of a local anesthetic to keep you from feeling pain in the area and a corticosteroid to reduce the inflammation of the tendon sheath. If necessary, surgery will be done to remove the part of the tendon sheath that is causing the tendon to get stuck.
Ways to take care of yourself
- It is important to follow your health care provider’s instructions.
- In addition, rest and limit the activity of the affected finger or fingers and of the hand and wrist.
Prevention of Trigger Finger
Since the cause of trigger finger is unknown, there is no reliable way to prevent this condition from developing.