Many people who have problems moving their hands, fingers or wrists don’t realize that a plastic surgeon may be able to help correct the underlying problem. In the case of a common condition called trigger finger, there are a number of nonsurgical solutions that your plastic surgeon may suggest.
This overview of what trigger finger is and how it’s most commonly treated is a great start to answer your questions.
What Is Trigger Finger?
Trigger finger, medically referred to as stenosing tenosynovitis, happens when the tendons in your thumb or finger become inflamed. This can cause pain, discomfort and trouble moving the affected finger. The condition gets its name because the finger often gets locked in a bent position, much like if you were pulling a trigger.
Some of the most common signs of trigger finger include:
- Finger stiffness
- A bump or nodule at the base of the affected finger
- Trouble performing regular daily activities
Conditions like rheumatoid arthritis, gout and diabetes can cause trigger finger.
How Is Trigger Finger Treated?
In most mild cases, trigger finger can be treated using nonsurgical methods, and complete function can be restored to the affected finger. Cortisone injections, anti-inflammatory medications, hot or cold compresses and massage can all be effective options to treat and manage symptoms.
In some more severe cases, surgery may be the most effective solution. This usually involves a small incision along the affected finger so that your plastic surgeon can enlarge the tendon that’s affecting movement and causing pain or discomfort.