What Is Trigger Finger?
posted: Jun. 23, 2021.
Trigger finger is the condition where your finger, or thumb, becomes locked in a bent position impacting the smooth movement of the joints. It's important to address the condition early as it can sometimes be remedied noninvasively, but it may require surgery to return to your hand's proper function. It all begins with a consultation, so if you would like to learn more, get in contact with Dr. Pedro Loredo of Loredo Hand Care Institute with offices in Grapevine, Farmers Branch, and Richardson, TX.
The most obvious symptom of a trigger finger is the difficulty in extending it again after curling it. In more advanced stages this can prove so hard to do that you may need to use your other hand to straighten it. Other symptoms include a popping or clicking sound at the joint, as well as tenderness, and a visible bump at the base of your finger.
A variety of factors can put you at risk for developing a trigger finger, but it often affects those who engage in repetitive physical activity. Age, diabetes, and arthritis, among others, have also been shown to contribute to the condition.
When dealing with early trigger finger symptoms the first recommended step is rest. Taking a few weeks off from the repetitive task that is causing the condition along with the application of ice or heat can lessen inflammation. Over-the-counter medicine can further help with this. But it is always a good idea to visit a specialist if you see no improvement, and before attempting further treatment on your own. Untreated, or mistreated trigger finger can become very serious and can lead to permanent damage.
Trigger Finger Treatment in Grapevine, Farmers Branch, and Richardson, TX
Your doctor will examine your hand and determine the best course of action. Physical therapy, corticosteroid injections, and medication can manage the pain. Surgery may be necessary when these don't prove effective.
Your path toward relief begins with a consultation, so make an appointment today with Dr. Loredo of Loredo Hand Care Institute by dialing (972) 939-4974 for service in Grapevine, Farmers Branch, and Richardson, TX.