Trigger Finger – What Is it and How is It Treated?
What is Trigger Finger?
Trigger finger is a condition where one of your fingers or your thumb gets stuck in a flexed position in your palm. The finger, can usually be forced out straight again, but it is very painful to do this yourself.
In some cases, the finger doesn’t get stuck, but clicks when making a fist and is often sore when trying to grip objects. Symptoms are usually worse first thing in the morning and ease as the day progresses.
What causes Trigger Finger?
Trigger finger is caused by inflammation and damage to the tendon which causes it to swell. When the finger is flexed into the palm, the tendon gets stuck as it tries to pass through a small tunnel called the A1 pulley.
How is it treated?
In the majority of cases, a steroid injection into the tendon sheath will stop the triggering permanently but occasionally a small operation to divide the pulley is required. Like carpal tunnel surgery, the operation is performed under local anaesthetic and takes about 15 to 20 minutes to complete.
All our carpal tunnel and trigger finger surgery can be performed at the Briars Clinic, so you don’t even have to step foot inside a hospital. The procedure costs £1450 and £220 for the initial consultation (not applicable if procedure is undertaken). If you think you may have either of these conditions or any other problem with your hands and would like to find out more about your options then please give Coriel Orthopaedic Group a call.