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Trigger Finger Specialist

Martin Orthopedics

Orthopedic Surgeons & Sports Medicine Specialists located in Benton, Cabot, Hot Springs Village, Little Rock, North Little Rock, & White Hall, AR

If one of your fingers remains bent and you’re unable to straighten it, a trigger finger may be to blame. At Martin Orthopedics, the team of board-certified, fellowship-trained physicians has years of experience diagnosing and treating trigger finger. To make an appointment at the office in Little Rock, North Little Rock, Hot Springs Village, and Cabot, Arkansas, call or book online today.

Trigger Finger Q & A

What is a trigger finger?

Trigger finger, or stenosing tenosynovitis, causes one of your fingers to get stuck in a bent position. It occurs when the sheath that surrounds a tendon in your finger becomes inflamed.

Anyone can experience trigger finger, but it’s especially common in people who have jobs or hobbies that require repetitive gripping motions.

What are the symptoms of a trigger finger?

Common symptoms of trigger finger include:

  • Finger stiffness
  • A popping or clicking sound when you bend your finger
  • Tenderness at the base of your affected finger
  • A finger that catches or locks in a bent position

Trigger finger can affect one (or multiple) fingers. The severity of the condition varies from person to person, but symptoms are often worse in the mornings.

When should I see an orthopedic surgeon about a trigger finger?

Make an appointment with the team at Martin Orthopedics if your affected finger becomes hot, swollen, or inflamed. These symptoms indicate an infection. You should also make an appointment if your finger remains locked and you’re unable to straighten it. 

Who is at risk of a trigger finger?

Several factors increase your risk of experiencing a trigger finger, including:

  • Repetitive gripping
  • Certain health problems like diabetes and rheumatoid arthritis
  • Being a woman
  • Undergoing carpal tunnel surgery

You might also develop a trigger finger if your job requires the regular use of hand tools. 

How is trigger finger diagnosed?

To diagnose a trigger finger, your Martin Orthopedics provider physically examines your finger and hand. Afterward, they ask you to open and close your hand and check for any signs of pain, swelling, or tenderness. Next, your provider gently feels your palm to see if a lump or bump is present. 

How is trigger finger treated?

Treatment of a trigger finger depends on the severity of your symptoms and their effect on your daily life. If your trigger finger is mild, over-the-counter pain medication may provide significant relief. You might also benefit from rest, a finger splint, or stretching exercises.

If conservative treatments don’t provide relief or your symptoms get worse, the team at Martin Orthopedics might recommend steroid injections or surgery. During trigger finger surgery, your provider makes a small incision near the base of your finger and cuts the restricted section of your tendon sheath. 

To receive treatment for a trigger finger, make an appointment at Martin Orthopedics by calling the nearest office today or scheduling online.