Trigger Finger

Erin Nance, MD -  - Orthopedic Surgeon

Nance MD Hand Surgery

Erin Nance, MD

Orthopedic Surgeon & Hand and Upper Extremity Specialist located in Midtown East, New York, NY

Do your fingers or thumb catch when you bend them? If so, it’s time to visit Nance MD Hand Surgery. In this Midtown East, New York office, fellowship-trained orthopedic hand surgeon Dr. Erin Nance can diagnose and treat stenosing tenosynovitis, a condition commonly referred to as trigger finger. She can improve your range of motion and eliminate your finger pain. To learn more about this common condition or to schedule your initial consultation, click or call the office today.

Trigger Finger Q & A

What are the symptoms trigger finger?

When you have trigger finger, also called trigger thumb, you may experience pain or discomfort at the base of the digit in question. The area where your finger or thumb joins your palm may become sensitive or form a lump. After a period of inactivity, your fingers or thumb may stiffen.

In some cases, your finger or thumb may pop, catch, or lock. Over time, your mobility might be limited. Your finger may begin to bend and, without treatment, the immobility can become permanent.

What causes trigger finger?

Trigger finger develops when the protective sheaths around your finger tendons become inflamed. Sometimes called pulleys, these sheaths allow for the gliding motion that usually occurs as tendons slide through them, causing bones and muscles to move.

When they inflame and become irritated, the sheaths interfere with these movements, causing the jerking motion and stiffness associated with trigger finger.

When left untreated, this irritation can cause scarring and thickening of the sheath. Sometimes nodules, or small bumps, form on your tendons, creating even more immobility and inflammation.

The cause of tendon sheath inflammation is often unknown, but some risk factors may influence the condition’s development:

  • Prolonged period of hand use
  • Repeated gripping or pinching
  • Diagnosed with certain medical conditions, particularly rheumatoid arthritis, gout, and diabetes

How do you treat trigger finger?

Dr. Nance treats your trigger finger in the least invasive way possible. Many cases benefit by reducing the inflammation in the joint, which can eliminate the catching and locking that’s associated with trigger finger.

Depending on the severity of your symptoms, Dr. Nance may suggest wearing a night splint and resting the area throughout the day. The use of over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medications may also reduce your symptoms.

If not, Dr. Nance opts for steroid injections. These injections can reduce the swelling and pain associated with trigger finger, and allow the sheaths and tendon to move freely. When steroid injections fail to improve your condition, surgery may be necessary to prevent permanent finger disfigurement.

When trigger finger starts causing you pain, don’t wait, call Dr. Nance’s office today. You can even go online to schedule.