What is Trigger Finger?
When your fingers or thumb tendons are inflamed, causing them to pop or catch when bent, you may have trigger finger. This medical condition may make it difficult to accomplish daily activities without experiencing finger or thumb pain.
The most common causes of trigger finger are overuse of the hand (repetitive movement or gripping) or trauma. In some cases, the cause of trigger finger is unknown. Individuals with other medical conditions, including gout and arthritis, are more likely to develop trigger finger.
Who is a Candidate for Treatment?
If you experience pain when straightening or bending your fingers, you may have this condition. Other symptoms include slight swelling, tender to touch, popping of the fingers, or catching of the joints when performing daily tasks. Trigger finger is known to worsen overtime, so it’s important to contact a hand specialists, such as Dr. Howland, for proper diagnosis.
What to Expect
Dr. Howland will examine the severity of your trigger finger condition and recommend what he expects will work best for your unique case. For some patients, rest or medication can help relieve the symptoms of trigger finger. However, if you want a more permanent solution, surgical treatment may be an option.
Surgical steps are taken to widen the opening of the tunnel that runs through your finger. This allows the caught tendon to slide through easier, without catching or popping. Generally, only local anesthesia is necessary during this procedure.
Recovery & Results
Depending on your treatment plan, your recovery and results will vary. With trigger finger surgery, most patients are able to move their fingers right after surgery. Slight soreness and swelling is common from surgery. However, you will feel more flexible, properly-functioning finger(s) after your recovery.
If you believe you are experiencing Trigger Finger and would like to find relief, contact Howland Plastic Surgery today for proper diagnosis and surgical relief options.
Frequently Asked Questions
When should I be concerned about my trigger finger?
If your finger is stiff, numb, or painful, you should schedule an appointment with your doctor.
Does squeezing a ball help trigger finger?
Squeezing a ball can help alleviate pain and strengthen your fingers.
How do you release trigger finger?
To release your trigger finger, try massaging the base of your finger, run your hand under warm water for several minutes, or repeatedly make a fist to stretch your hand.
What should you not do if you have trigger finger?
You should avoid repetitive gripping or the usage of vibrating machinery that you have to hold onto for a long period of time.
Can I fix trigger finger on my own?
Depending on the severity of your trigger finger, you may be able to alleviate symptoms of your trigger finger on your own. Rest your hands as much as possible, stretch them daily, and wear a splint at night.
Should you wear a splint during the day for trigger finger?
It is more common to wear a splint at night for trigger finger.
What is the fastest way to heal trigger finger?
The three best treatments for trigger finger are rest, stretching, and a splint.
How long does it take for trigger finger to heal?
It can take up to six weeks for trigger finger to heal.
How soon can you use your hand after trigger finger surgery?
You should be able to use your hand normally about 1-2 weeks after surgery.
What should I do after trigger finger surgery?
After trigger finger surgery, you can limit swelling by keeping your hand propped above your heart while you are relaxing. You may also need to see a hand therapist or do exercises at home.
How long does the pain last after trigger finger surgery?
Your hand will be sore for a few days after surgery but this can be alleviated with ice. Swelling and stiffness may take 3-6 months to completely heal.
How long do stitches stay in finger?
Your stitches will stay in for 1-2 weeks after surgery.d
Do you need physical therapy after trigger finger surgery?
Physical therapy and repeated daily exercises are important after trigger finger surgery because they keep the finger from getting stiff and help you regain mobility.
How long does hand surgery take to heal?
Hand surgery will take about six weeks to heal.
What are the side effects of trigger finger surgery?
Like most surgical procedures, stiffness, scarring, and infection are possible side effects of trigger finger surgery.