Trigger finger, also known as tenosynovitis, is a condition that makes it difficult to straighten the finger or thumb due to tendon inflammation. The affected finger or thumb becomes stuck in a bent position, and then suddenly straightens with a snap or pop—as if releasing the trigger of a gun. Often times, pain and swelling occurs where the finger or thumb meets the palm.
TreatmentNonsurgical treatment for mild trigger finger symptoms typically includes anti-inflammatory medication, like ibuprofen and naproxen, or injections of a stronger anti-inflammatory, such as cortisone. If these treatments fail to provide relief, surgery is recommended.
During surgery, the sheath that surrounds the tendon is opened to enlarge the space and release the swollen tendon, allowing for the finger or thumb to once again move freely. The procedure is performed under a local anesthetic, and the patient often goes home the same day.