Trigger finger is a condition that results from the irritation and inflammation of the tendons in a finger. It can cause the finger to temporarily feel like it is locked in a bent position, and then painfully “snap” when straightened. The sensation often brings to mind a trigger being pulled and released. For expert treatment of trigger finger and other musculoskeletal conditions, patients in Tampa, Clearwater, St. Petersburg, and the surrounding Florida areas can consult with the Board-certified physicians at Tampa Orthopaedic and Sports Medicine Group.
Trigger finger can develop gradually with repetitive, forceful movements of a finger, or as a result of an underlying condition like arthritis or diabetes. After becoming inflamed, a tendon can thicken and form nodules, making its passage through the protective sheath that surrounds it more difficult. Those who are particularly susceptible include musicians, industrial workers, farmers, and anyone whose work or hobbies involve repetitive gripping movements. The first sign is usually tenderness at the base of the finger, followed by an uncomfortable “snapping” sensation that occurs whenever the finger is bent and straightened.
Patients with trigger finger are usually advised to take a break from any activities that exacerbate their symptoms. It’s important to consult with a physician for evaluation and treatment, especially if the finger joint is inflamed. After confirming a diagnosis of trigger finger, a physician at Tampa Orthopaedic might prescribe:
- Anti-inflammatory medications
- Steroid injections near or into the tendon sheath
In severe cases of trigger finger that do not respond to non-surgical treatments, surgery might be recommended to help release the locked finger and prevent permanent stiffness. The goal of surgery is to widen the tendon sheath to allow the tendon to slide through it more easily.
To learn more about treatment options for trigger finger, or to schedule a consultation with a physician, please contact Tampa Orthopaedic and Sports Medicine Group today. We are conveniently located at 602 South Howard Avenue, where we see patients from Tampa, Clearwater, St. Petersburg, and all surrounding FL areas. Our outstanding team of orthopaedic experts is led by Daniel Murphy, M.D., a Board-certified surgeon who serves as a team physician for the New York Yankees, and Arnold Ramirez, M.D., a Board-certified sports medicine doctor who serves as a team physician for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.