The following describes the symptoms, diagnosis and treatment of trigger finger. For specific information regarding your health and treatment options, please contact your Hurley physician or medical professional.
What is trigger finger?
In some people, the tendons that are used to open and close the fingers may not move as fully or with as much flexibility as they should. This can cause a popping or clicking sound, as well as pain.
What causes trigger finger?
The cause (or causes) of trigger finger are not well understood. Gout, rheumatoid arthritis and diabetes do seem to be present more often in people with trigger finger, but it uncertain if there is a causal relationship. Repetitive stress injuries may also play a role in the development of trigger finger.
What are the symptoms of trigger finger?
Common symptoms of trigger finger include:
- Pain and swelling in the palms or fingers
- Stiffness in the fingers, particularly in the morning
- Lumps in the fingers and joints
- Popping sounds when the fingers are curled or extended
- Inability to straighten the finger(s)
How is trigger finger diagnosed?
Your Hurley physician will conduct a physical exam that will assess finger function and strength. X-rays, ultrasound, and other tests may also be ordered in order to rule out other conditions.
How is trigger finger treated?
Early treatment recommendations for trigger finger include resting the hand, applying ice packs to the affected area, and wearing a supportive brace. Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) may be used to help decrease pain and swelling. Your physician may also recommend other treatment options such as physical or occupational therapy, or cortisone injections.
Surgery is sometimes required to treat trigger finger. Your physician can advise you as to the best course of treatment for your particular case.