Trigger finger, also referred to as stenosing tenosynovitis, affects the tendons in your fingers, causing them to lock or catch when bent. Inflammation along the tendon can decrease the amount of space in the sheath surrounding the tendon of the affected finger. Dr. Heller has the experience and skill to successfully treat and diagnose trigger finger in his Los Angeles offices.
The symptoms of trigger finger include stiffness, a popping or clicking sound during finger movement, tenderness in the palm, finger locked in a bent position, or a finger unable to be straightened. Trigger finger can affect any finger. Multiple fingers or both hands might experience it simultaneously.
Following a period of inactivity, you may notice increased stiffness in your fingers. After moving the fingers for a while, they will begin to loosen up. In some cases, the tendon can break free and it may feel like the finger joint is dislocated. This can affect multiple fingers. Under this condition, it is recommended to seek professional treatment.
Risk factors associated with developing trigger finger include repetitive use of hands, prolonged gripping, diabetes, or rheumatoid arthritis. The condition has been observed in women more frequently than men.
Dr. Justin Heller’s office provides non-surgical treatment with a steroid injection into the tendon sheath, reducing the inflammation and allowing the tendon to glide pain-free. Surgical treatment is done through a small incision at the base. The constricted section of the tendon sheath is cut open, freeing the finger from its “locked” position.
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