Medical researchers recently revealed their findings regarding the success rate of nonsurgical treatment options for trigger finger. When comparing corticosteroid injection treatment against percutaneous trigger finger release, doctors found a higher success rate in patients who underwent the percutaneous trigger finger release procedure. For diabetics, who can be more likely to develop trigger finger than the standard population, the finding may guide their decision when considering non-surgical treatment options. At the Hand Surgery Center of Excellence in Beverly Hills, our team of doctors are highly experienced in treating trigger finger, and are available for consultation if you are considering non-surgical options to release your trigger finger. Our team of doctors have studied and trained at some of the most renowned medical institutions across America and frequently integrate cutting edge medical research into their practice.
Corticosteroid Injections versus Percutaneous Trigger Finger Release
While both corticosteroid injection and percutaneous trigger finger release are proven non-surgical treatment options for trigger finger, in a study conducted on a cohort of diabetic patients, percutaneous trigger finger release had a higher success rate. In the injection group, there was a 68% success rate whereas the percutaneous trigger finger release group found a 95% success rate. The patients were followed for one year, and success was graded at follow up based upon continued pain, continued triggering, need for follow up therapy, complications and patient satisfaction. These findings will help guide diabetics who suffer from trigger finger when considering non-surgical treatments, and will help doctors give expert advice during consultations.
Non-surgical Treatment Options for Trigger Finger
There are a few non-surgical options patients have to consider when seeking treatment for their trigger finger. The doctors at The Hand Surgery Center of Excellence will assess your case and diagnose the most conservative, yet effective option for you. For less severe cases, doctors may recommend lifestyle modifications such as avoiding repeated gripping motions, soaking the hand and fingers in warm water or gentle hand exercises. Additionally, a splint may be recommended to maintain a straightened finger position and alleviate tendon sheath irritation.
If symptoms are more severe, frequent or do not respond to lifestyle modification alone, our Hand Surgery Center of Excellence specialists may recommend non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) to relieve pain and swelling. Steroid injections near the affected tendon sheath may also aid in reducing pain and inflammation. Finally, a percutaneous trigger finger release procedure may be performed if symptoms are more severe. This procedure is executed under local anesthesia and is most effective on the pointer, middle or ring finger. Doctors use a needle to open up the tendon sheath to release the finger and restore regular movement and flexion.
Our team of hand specialists at the Hand Surgery Center of Excellence will always recommend the least invasive, yet most successful option for you before opting for surgery. We understand how uncomfortable and even debilitating trigger finger can be, and aim to provide symptom relief while improving quality of life.
Trigger Finger Treatment in Los Angeles
The Hand Surgery Center of Excellence is a state of the art facility in Beverly Hills that delivers the most patient-centric, attentive treatment available. For more information on surgical and non-surgical trigger finger treatment options visit our contact page or call us to schedule a consultation at 888.529.1873
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