What is Trigger Finger?

Trigger finger is a condition that affects the tendons that flex the fingers and thumb, making them difficult to move. It can “freeze” them in a flexed position in toward the palm. The ring finger and thumb are the most commonly affected digits, though any of the digits may be affected.

While anyone can develop a trigger finger, it is most common in individuals between the ages of 40-60. People with certain health conditions or professions may also have a higher risk of developing this condition.

Common symptoms of trigger finger include:

  • A tender lump at the base of the finger or thumb on the palm side of the hand.
  • Pain when bending or straightening the finger.
  • The fingers or thumb locking into a flexed position.
  • A popping, catching, or locking sensation when moving the finger or thumb.
    The symptoms associated with trigger finger are usually worse in the morning, and stiffness gets better as the fingers are used throughout the day.

Treatment Options

A physical examination is usually enough to diagnose trigger finger, though ultrasound or X-rays may also be ordered.

Non-Surgical Treatment Options

  • Rest.
  • Splinting at night.
  • Stretching exercises.
  • Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs).
  • Steroid injections.

Surgical Treatment Options

Trigger finger release is the surgical treatment option for trigger finger. During this procedure, the A1
pulley is released. This allows the flexor tendon to glide more easily through the tendon sheath, making
the catching sensation go away. This procedure is typically done on an outpatient basis.

The staff informs the client of interventions and articulating goals and expected outcomes when appropriate.


Schedule a Consultation

Salem hand surgeons Dr. Keith C. Neaman, Dr. Dustin Christiansen, and Dr. Peter Tsai have extensive
training and experience in the treatment of trigger fingers. To schedule your personal consultation,
please call Neaman Hand Surgery at 844-338-5445; left untreated, the joints of the fingers may become
stuck in the flexed position.

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