Trigger Finger

All American Orthopedic & Sports Medicine Institute

Board Certified Orthopedic Surgeons located in Clear Lake, Houston, TX

Trigger finger affects around 3% of Americans and is at least three times as common in diabetes sufferers. At All American Orthopedic & Sports Medicine Institute in Houston, Texas, the team of board-certified orthopedic surgeons offers a variety of proven trigger finger treatments, including physical therapy, injections, and surgery. Learn how you can get trigger finger relief by calling the office or booking an appointment online today.

Trigger Finger Q & A

What is trigger finger?

Trigger finger, or stenosing tenosynovitis, is a condition in which a finger or thumb bends but doesn't straighten out normally. With trigger finger, it’s common for the affected finger to snap when you move it — it can sound like a gun trigger, thus the name of the condition.  

Other symptoms include:

  • Stiff fingers
  • Clicking feeling when you bend or straighten your finger
  • Bump (a nodule) at the bottom of your finger
  • Finger frequently “gets stuck” when bent

Trigger finger can be irritating and uncomfortable, so it’s best to schedule an appointment at All American Orthopedic & Sports Medicine Institute as soon as possible. The team can diagnose trigger finger, determine the cause, and start your treatment immediately.

What causes trigger finger?

Trigger finger is a problem within the tendons in your fingers. Each tendon has a sheath — a tunnel of protective tissue — surrounding it. The sheaths contain lubricating fluid that helps your tendons glide into different positions easily. 

Your tendon sheath can grow irritated for a variety of reasons. One common cause is continuous intense gripping motions during activities such as tennis or rock climbing. 

This tendon sheath irritation can disrupt normal tendon movement. Over time, the irritation can lead to tendon sheath thickening, scarring, and new hard nodule growth that further disrupt movement. In the most severe cases, you might be unable to straighten your finger at all. 

Repeated gripping motions are just one possible cause of trigger finger. Medical conditions, including arthritis and diabetes, can significantly increase your risk of trigger finger. Women are more vulnerable to trigger finger than men. 

How is trigger finger treated?

Trigger finger treatment varies depending on how movable your finger is. If it’s still movable, treatment usually includes conservative care like:

  • Physical therapy
  • Splinting or bracing
  • Oral medication
  • Rest or activity modifications
  • Corticosteroid injections

If non-surgical care isn’t effective or your finger’s locked, you could need surgery. Trigger finger surgery opens your tendon sheath to restore movement. The hand surgeons at All American Orthopedic & Sports Medicine Institute typically use ultrasound guidance for maximum surgical precision. 

The hand surgeons at All American Orthopedic & Sports Medicine Institute are trigger finger experts who are ready to help. Call the office or book an appointment online today.