Trigger Finger - Carrollton, TX
Dr. Neagle, a leading hand surgeon in Carrollton, TX, provides comprehensive treatment for Trigger Finger.  He also specializes in diagnosing and treating various other hand/wrist injuries such as Scaphoid Fracture, Wrist Tendonitis, Mallet Finger, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome etc.  

Trigger Finger

Trigger Finger or Stenosing Tenosynovitis is a condition which involves inflammation of the tendons in fingers or thumb. The condition involves narrowing down of the sheath surrounding the tendon, leading to pain and restricted movements of the hand. People who play musical instruments or are involved in activities that require repetitive use of fingers like farming, pruning, gripping hand tools etc. are more susceptible to the condition.    

Causes Of Trigger Finger

  • Medical conditions such as Rheumatoid Arthritis, Gout, Diabetes etc.
  • Grasping things for a long time
  • Trauma or injury to the finger
  • Forceful movement of the fingers or thumb

Symptoms Of Trigger Finger

  • Pain while bending or straightening the fingers
  • Limited movement
  • Soreness at the base of the finger or thumb
  • Snapping sensation
  • The finger may get locked in a bent or straight position
  • Stiffness and tenderness
  • Swelling
  • Formation of nodules (bumps)

Diagnosis Of Trigger Finger

An orthopedic doctor may conduct physical examination of the hand and ask the patient to move the fingers to assess the symptoms. He may also look for a bump at the base of the affected finger. If the patient experiences pain, swelling and stiffness, it indicates the development of Trigger Finger. No other imaging test is required to diagnose the condition.

Treatment For Trigger Finger

  • Rest: Sufficient rest should be provided to the affected area. The doctor may suggest avoiding activities such as that may strain the finger.
  • Medications: Anti-inflammatory medications may be prescribed by the doctor to relieve the symptoms. Cortisone injections may be administered in case of severe pain.
  • Splinting: Wearing a splint may help to immobilize the joint and provide support to the fingers.
  • Ice or heat packs: Application of ice packs at frequent intervals may help to ease pain and swelling. Heat therapy may also be beneficial to promote recovery.  
  • Physical therapy: The doctor may recommend certain exercises to strengthen the finger and improve its range of motion.   
  • Surgery: If non-surgical treatment does not provide relief, surgery may be recommended. During the procedure, the surgeon makes small incisions at the base of affected finger to widen the tendon sheath and create more space for the proper movement of fingers.

For effective diagnosis and treatment of Trigger Finger, consult Dr. Neagle. To schedule an appointment with the hand and wrist surgeon in Carrollton, TX, you can call at (972) 492 – 1334.