Dr. Knoll, a leading hand surgeon practising in Frisco, TX, specializes in the treatment of a wide range of orthopedic conditions. She uses advanced surgical and non-surgical techniques to treat Trigger Finger as well as other injuries to the hand.

Trigger Finger

Trigger Finger is an orthopedic condition in which a finger snaps and gets stuck in a bent position within the palm. Medically known as Stenosing Tenosynovitis, the condition affects the flexor tendon in the forearm that controls the movement of the fingers and thumb. The tendon slides through a narrow tunnel, known as the tendon sheath, allowing smooth bending and straightening of the fingers. Inflammation or thickening of the sheath may make it difficult for the flexor tendon to pass through it, causing the fingers to freeze. Women above the age of 50 years, Diabetics and people in occupations requiring repetitive gripping activities are at a higher risk of developing Trigger Finger.

Causes Of Trigger Finger

  • Repetitive and forceful movement of finger
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Injury to the palm or base of the finger
  • Excessive stress or pressure on the hand
  • Prolonged grasping of objects

Symptoms Of Trigger Finger

  • Pain
  • Catching or popping sensation in the affected finger
  • Stiffness, specifically in the morning
  • Tenderness
  • Pain while trying to straighten the finger
  • Painful lump on the palm
  • Restricted range of motion

Diagnosis Of Trigger Finger

Trigger Finger can be diagnosed by a thorough physical examination and usually does not require any imaging tests. The patient may be asked to open or close the hand to check for range of motion, areas of pain and any locking of fingers. The hand surgeon may also examine the palm to check if any lump is present.  

Treatment For Trigger Finger

  • Medications: The doctor may prescribe non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications to provide relief from pain and inflammation.
  • Rest: Avoiding activities that involve prolonged grasping, gripping or use of vibrating machines may ease the symptoms associated with the condition.
  • Ice And heat Therapy: Application of ice packs or heat pads at frequent intervals may help to reduce stiffness in the affected finger.
  • Splint: Wearing a splint during nighttime may help to support the tendon and hold the finger in a straightened position. It may also prevent curling of the fingers to avoid increased stiffness in the morning.
  • Exercises: Light stretching exercises may be performed to maintain mobility of the finger.
  • Surgery: If non-surgical treatment is not effective, surgery may be recommended. During the procedure, the doctor may widen the opening of the sheath so that the flexor tendon can easily slide through it.

For effective treatment of Trigger Finger, visit Dr. Knoll. To schedule an appointment with the hand surgeon in Frisco, TX, call at (214) 618 – 5502.