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Trigger Finger Treatment

If you’re experiencing discomfort and difficulty moving your fingers due to trigger finger, you’re not alone. Trigger finger, medically known as stenosing flexor tenosynovitis, can significantly impact your daily life, making simple tasks like typing, gripping objects, or even extending your fingers a painful challenge.

Trigger finger occurs when there’s a size mismatch between the flexor tendons and the surrounding retinacular pulley system at the first annular (A1) pulley. This imbalance causes the flexor tendon to catch as it attempts to glide through a narrow sheath, resulting in the inability to smoothly flex or extend the affected finger. In severe cases, the finger may become locked in a bent or extended position, necessitating manual manipulation to restore normal motion.


This condition is prevalent, affecting approximately 2 percent of the general population, with a higher incidence among women in their fifth or sixth decade of life. Trigger fingers can occur in one or more fingers and may be bilateral. Certain medical conditions such as diabetes mellitus, rheumatoid arthritis, or amyloidosis can increase the likelihood of developing trigger finger.

Causes and Presentation

The majority of trigger finger cases are idiopathic, with symptoms typically manifesting spontaneously without a history of trauma or significant change in activity level. Patients initially experience painless snapping, catching, or locking of the affected finger(s) during flexion, which may progress to painful episodes with difficulty extending the digit. Severe cases may result in the finger becoming locked in a bent position, requiring manual intervention to straighten it.


Diagnosing trigger finger primarily involves a thorough history and physical examination. Patients may demonstrate locking or clicking during finger movement, along with tenderness over the affected area. The differential diagnosis includes conditions like Dupuytren’s contracture, diabetic cheiroarthropathy, joint sprains, and tenosynovitis, among others.

Treatment Options

Our approach to trigger finger management begins conservatively, with interventions such as activity modification, splinting, and medications to alleviate pain and improve finger mobility. For persistent symptoms, injections may be recommended, providing relief for many patients. Surgical release of the A1 pulley ligament is reserved for cases that do not respond to conservative measures or glucocorticoid injections.

Why Choose Holistiq Spine & Orthopaedic Clinic for Trigger Finger Treatment

We prioritize patient-centered care and personalized treatment plans. Our team of experienced pain management specialists understands the impact trigger finger can have on your quality of life, and we’re dedicated to providing effective solutions tailored to your individual needs. Whether you require conservative therapy, injections, or surgical intervention, we’re here to guide you every step of the way towards relief and restored hand function.

Take Control of Your Hand Health

Don’t let trigger finger hold you back from enjoying life to the fullest. Call us today at (469) 444-7246 and take the first step towards effective pain management and improved finger mobility. Our compassionate team is here to support you on your journey to optimal hand health and well-being.

Call Holistiq Spine and Orthopaedic at (469) 444-7246

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