We Diagnose and Treat Trigger Finger at Orange County Hand Surgery Specialists!
Trigger Finger affects nearly 200,000 people in the United States every year and is characterized by one of the fingers getting stuck in a bent position due to underlying inflammation. At Orange County Hand Surgery Specialists, Dr. Ying Chi is double board-certified in orthopaedic surgery and surgery of the hand, and can alleviate your condition with simple, straightforward treatments at our office in Fountain Valley or Tustin, California.
Contact Orange County Hand Surgery Specialists today to schedule a consultation with Dr. Chi and restore full mobility and functionality to your fingers with Trigger Finger treatment.
What is Trigger Finger?
Also referred to as stenosing tenosynovitis, Trigger Finger occurs when one of the fingers becomes “stuck,” or maintains a bent position while the other fingers are straight. The name of the condition refers to the snap that often occurs when the finger is straightened, much like a trigger being pulled and released. This condition primarily affects the thumb, middle, or ring finger, and can involve more than one finger or both hands.
Common symptoms of Trigger Finger include:
- Finger stiffness
- A popping or clicking sensation when the finger is moved
- A bump, nodule or tender sensation at the base of the affected finger in the palm
- A finger that is locked in a bent position and is unable to be straightened
What Causes Trigger Finger?
This condition primarily affects the protective sheath surrounding the tendons of affected fingers. This sheath allows the tendon to glide smoothly, allowing free movement between the muscles and bones. When the sheath becomes inflamed or irritated, the movement of the tendon becomes inhibited, causing the finger to become stuck. Multiple factors can put people at risk for developing Trigger Finger, such as Diabetes, Arthritis, and individuals who strain their hands on a daily basis.
How is Trigger Finger Treated?
At Orange County Hand Surgery Specialists, Dr. Chi is experienced and highly trained in the diagnosis and correction of multiple conditions affecting the hands, including Trigger Finger. In some cases, anti-inflammatory medication or the use of a splint can help control this condition, but in more severe cases surgery may be necessary. Trigger Finger surgery is a simple, straightforward procedure that corrects the condition by creating a small point of entry at the base of the finger and operating on the inflamed tendon sheath. During your consultation, Dr. Chi will discuss the extent of your procedure, how you can prepare, and whether any aftercare will be necessary.
Contact us today to schedule a consultation and have your Trigger Finger expertly diagnosed and corrected by Dr. Chi.
Figure 2: Abnormal anatomy showing tendon catching thick, tight pulley. Sometimes the tendon will be locally enlarged and thicker.