Trigger Finger

Do You Have Trigger Finger?

Trigger Finger is an inflammation of the tendons in your fingers or thumb, which causes them to catch or pop as you bend them. The condition is more common in women than men, and can make many of your day-to-day activities, such as dressing, typing, or even writing, difficult to perform without pain.

What Are the Causes and Symptoms of Trigger Finger?

Trigger finger can be caused by trauma to your hands, or by overuse, such as repetitive, forceful grasping. However, the specific cause of trigger finger may be unknown in many cases. Patients with medical conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis and gout are more likely to develop trigger finger.

Symptoms of trigger finger may include:

  • A small lump in your palm that is tender to the touch.
  • Swelling, catching, or popping in the joints of your fingers or thumb.
  • Pain when you bend or straighten your fingers.

Typically there is no single injury that causes trigger finger. Symptoms tend to arise gradually, and may begin after a period of overuse.

How Is Trigger Finger Diagnosed and Treated?

MHS physicians generally diagnose trigger finger after conducting a medical examination and speaking with you about your symptoms. Trigger finger treatment may include rest, which helps resolve some cases of the condition. Over-the-counter medications can provide temporary, short-term pain relief. In other situations, we may recommend steroid injections. If injections fail to resolve the trigger finger, your physician may recommend outpatient trigger finger surgery.

Caring Hand Specialists Committed to the Best Treatment

Our physicians and staff are committed to providing personalized, advanced treatment to resolve your trigger finger. Throughout your treatment, you’ll be under the care of an expert team, including fellowship-trained hand surgeons with extensive experience treating trigger finger.

MHS is committed to bringing the highest level of expertise, leading-edge therapeutic approaches, and the most advanced equipment, all to achieve the best possible outcome for you. Call us at 630-359-6888, or contact us today through our secure form to schedule a prompt appointment.