Symptoms Of Trigger Finger
Trigger finger is usually more common in the dominant hand, and in the middle and ring fingers, or the thumb. Symptoms often get progressively worse, and may include:
- Popping or clicking sensation when finger is moved
- Finger stiffness, especially when first waking up
- Nodule or tenderness at the finger’s base
It is also possible that the finger, after catching or locking when bent, will suddenly pop straight. The reverse is also possible: The finger may lock in the bent position and be unable to be straightened.
Treatment Of Trigger Finger
Applying ice, stretching and taking nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications are recommended treatments for trigger finger. However, the quickest and most effective treatment is a cortisone injection into the affected tendon’s sheath. If the trigger finger does not go away after two injections, and is not helped by ice, stretching or anti-inflammatories, surgery may be recommended. During surgery for trigger finger, the tendon sheath is released, and/or inflamed or scarred tissue is removed. Surgery usually permanently cures trigger finger.