Background & Treatment
Trigger finger is one of the most common types of tendonitis. It is characterized by pain in the affected finger during flexion of the finger. Eventually a certain “popping” will be experienced which is painful. If untreated, the finger can become locked or stuck down in the palm requiring manual extension of the finger which is painful.
Fortunately, conservative management is quite effective as most respond well to steroid injections into the affected tendon sheath.
In the case when injections have failed to relieve the pain and popping, an outpatient procedure which releases a tendon pulley is performed and the problem is resolved.
What you can expect after treatment
If a steroid injection is performed we will see you in the following weeks to assess your symptoms. Immediately following the injection you will be allowed to use your hand as you wish.
If surgery is performed, we will want you to move your hand and finger(s). Sutures are removed 2-3 weeks after the procedure. Usually rehabilitation is not required.