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Trigger Finger

What is a Trigger Finger?

  • Trigger finger occurs when the finger flexor tendon or pulley becomes thickened. This can cause catching of the tendon as it glides through the pulley. In most cases, we don’t know why people get a trigger finger. Patients can experience pain and catching, or in severe cases, the tendon can lock and get stuck.

How do you know if you have a Trigger Finger?

  • Often trigger finger is a clinical diagnosis, but the diagnosis can be confirmed with ultrasound to rule out any secondary causes for the triggering (ie a cyst or bone spur).

What are the treatments Trigger Finger?

  • In the majority of cases, trigger fingers resolve without treatment. Surgery is often recommended for cases that do not respond to conservative management.
  • Percutaneous trigger finger release is an alternative to open surgery. Percutaneous trigger finger release is a quick procedure, less painful, and has shown significantly better results in rehabilitation than open surgery. Learn more about the alternatives to surgery here.