Trigger Finger is a relatively common condition of the hand. According to an article in the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), people have a 2.6% lifetime risk of developing it, and Trigger Finger is the fourth most common reason for referral to a hand surgery clinic. Trigger Finger is an inflammation of the tendons in the fingers or thumb, which causes them to catch or pop as you bend them. You may notice a small, tender lump in your palm, pain when you straighten and bend your fingers, and swelling, popping and catching in the joints of the fingers and thumb.
Like Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, women develop Trigger Finger at higher rates than men. Women are up to 6% more likely to develop the condition, and average onset is at age 58, according to the ASPS article.
Trauma to the hands can cause Trigger finger, as well as overuse, such as repetitive, forceful grasping. Hobbies with repetitive motions, like knitting, for example, may increase the risk of developing Trigger Finger.
People with diabetes, gout and rheumatoid arthritis are more likely to develop Trigger Finger. People with these conditions should be aware of their increased risk and consult a hand specialist if they begin to notice pain or catching in the joints of their fingers when they straighten and bend.
Trigger Finger can be both painful and limiting. A hand specialist will be able to diagnose the condition and create a treatment plan. Depending on the severity of the case, a hand doctor may suggest rest, over-the-counter medications, steroid injections or surgery. If you are having a hard time doing daily activities because of pain, stiffness, swelling or, more dramatically, your fingers being ‘stuck’, don’t delay seeking help from a hand specialist.
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