Trigger Finger Treatments in NJ
What is Trigger Finger?
Trigger finger or stenosing tenosynovitis is a medical condition in which your finger or thumb gets locked in the bent or straightened position. The finger becomes hard to move and it may bend and straighten with a snap, just like a trigger being pulled and released.
The fourth finger (ring finger) and the thumb are more vulnerable to Trigger finger however, other digits of the hand can also get affected. Luckily, it is easily treatable; Trigger finger Treatment includes non-invasive and invasive procedures.
What Causes Trigger Finger?
We are able to bend our fingers because flexor tendons in our arm, attach the forearm muscles to the bones of our fingers. When the forearm muscles contract, the flexor tendons pull the fingers in a bending position.
The flexor tendons are encased in a synovial membrane, called the tendon sheath. It provides cushioning and safety to the flexor tendons. Pulley like structures made up of fibrous tissue are located intermittently across the tendon sheath.
These pulleys provide critical constraint to the flexor tendon, allowing it to bend and straighten fingers easily. The A1 pulley can become inflamed from diseases, damage or some other medical condition. Inflammation or thickening of the A1 pulley makes it harder for the flexor tendon to pass through the pulley.
If the inflammation in the A1 pulley persists, the flexor tendon can also become inflamed and develops a small lump or nodule. When the finger is bent, the nodule passes through the pulley causing a sensation of popping or catching.
In severe cases, the nodule gets stuck in the pulley, making it impossible to bend or straighten the finger. Trigger finger treatment cures inflammation in the pulley and tendon to provide relief.
What are the Symptoms of Trigger Finger?
The symptoms of Trigger finger include:
- Severe pain in the finger
- Difficulty or complete inability to move the finger from its locked position
- A tender lump at the base of the finger, on the palm side of the hand
- A snapping sensation when finger is bent
If you are experiencing the above symptoms, you should consult an orthopedic doctor. The doctor will recommend Trigger finger treatment after diagnosis.
What Trigger Finger Treatments should you consider?
Trigger finger treatment includes conservative as well as surgical procedures.
Non-Surgical Trigger Finger Treatment
Trigger finger can usually heal by itself if given proper rest. Your doctor may recommend some exercises to speed healing. In case the pain is severe, the doctor will prescribe the following non-invasive treatments:
- Trigger finger splint to keep the finger straight
- Exercises to improve flexibility
- OTC Anti-Inflammatory and Pain medications to reduce pain and infection
- Corticosteroid Injections to reduce inflammation. If Inflammation or other symptoms do not subside after two injections than surgery is considered.
Surgical Trigger Finger Treatment
Trigger Finger Release Surgery or Tenolysis is a simple yet effective surgical treatment to cure Trigger finger. The surgery can be:
- Open Trigger Finger Release Surgery
- Percutaneous Trigger Finger Release Surgery
Both surgeries are performed under local anesthesia, the duration of the surgery is 20-25 minutes. It is performed as an outpatient procedure, and the patient is discharged within hours of the surgery. The patient can regain full use of their finger two weeks after the Trigger finger surgery.
Where Should You Get Trigger Finger Treatment?
If you are looking for reliable Trigger finger treatment in NJ than look no further than Complete Medical Wellness Center (CMW) in New Jersey.
The Orthopedic department at CMW is equipped with the latest modalities in orthopedic treatments. Our orthopedic surgeons are experts in performing trigger finger release surgery, they are among the best Trigger finger surgeons in NJ.
We promise you our complete attention and dedication at every step of the surgery.
It’s impossible to know how important a finger is until we lose its function. Schedule a consult with our expert surgeons today, and let’s get rid of this inconvenience together!