Trigger finger is a common problem which causes locking and clicking of the finger. There is tenderness in the palm and movement of the finger, especially straightening, can be quite painful. Some people have to use their other hand to straighten a trigger finger when it locks.
A trigger finger is caused by thickening or swelling of the lining of the flexor tendon. This pinches the tendon and prevents normal smooth gliding. When the tendon is too swollen to fit back into its tunnel, the tendon gets stuck and locks or clicks.
Initial treatment consists of rest, modification of activity, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medication and a cortisone injection. If this fails, a surgical release of the trigger finger is successful at alleviating the problem. At surgery, the entrance to the flexor tunnel is opened allowing the tendon to glide back and forth freely. This procedure is performed under local anesthesia and usually takes less than 15 minutes. This is done as same day surgery with a small soft dressing applied to the hand. The finger can be moved immediately.
Jersey Hand Surgery, we are now performing a new
and less invasive technique of trigger release. Surgery is performed
percutaneously through a small incision, using a specially designed knife.
This knife was invented by Michael Dunn, M.D. (Monmouth Medical Center)
and Gary M. Pess, M.D. (Central
Jersey Hand Surgery.) This new technique was featured on the
Action News 6 Healthcheck, June 3, 2002.
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