The pain caused by trigger finger can be discomforting, even debilitating. Left untreated, symptoms of trigger finger often become more frequent and severe due to increased irritation of the tendon sheath. Though people with more severe cases of trigger finger may require surgery, many patients can achieve pain relief through non-surgical treatment for trigger finger.
At the Hand Surgery Center of Excellence, we house a team of renowned hand specialists dedicated to helping each patient find relief for their trigger finger symptoms. Our physicians always try to utilize non-surgical treatment for trigger finger before turning to surgery as an option. Our goal is to provide all of our patients with comprehensive and compassionate care.
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Non-Surgical Treatment for Trigger Finger
Non-surgical therapeutic options for patients with mild trigger finger may include:
- Work/Activity Modification. Avoidance of repetitive gripping with the affected hand can help reduce symptoms. Gentle exercises with the hand and finger followed by warm water soaks can help maintain mobility of the affected finger and decrease irritation in mild cases of trigger finger.
- Splinting. A splint can be used to keep the affected finger in the extended position. This may prevent further irritation of the tendon sheath and can alleviate mild symptoms. Splinting also prevents curling of the fingers into the hand while sleeping, which can aggravate the tendon sheath and cause symptoms to worsen over night and in the morning.
For More Severe Trigger Finger Symptoms
For patients with more severe or frequent trigger finger symptoms, our expert hand surgeons may recommend the following conservative therapies:
- Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). Medications such as ibuprofen or naproxen may be prescribed to relieve pain and swelling that is constricting the tendon sheath.
- Steroid Injection. An injection of steroid medication near or into the affected tendon sheath to reduce inflammation. Repeated injections can be used to alleviate symptoms, but may not be as effective as the first injection.
- Percutaneous trigger finger release. A procedure performed under local anesthesia with a needle to open up the affected tendon sheath and release the locked finger. This treatment is most effective for the index, middle, or ring finger.
Non-surgical treatment of trigger finger is generally a short-term solution. If the condition does not respond to conservative measures or consistently recurs, trigger finger surgery may be recommended to fully release the tendon sheath and restore movement. At the Hand Surgery Center of Excellence, long-term relief for patients with problems of the hand and fingers is our top priority. Our surgeons are skilled in the comprehensive care of trigger finger, and if necessary, uniquely adept at the most advanced surgical procedures for trigger finger release.
Contact Our Los Angeles Hand Surgery Center
The Hand Surgery Center of Excellence offers renowned surgeons that specialize in the treatment of hand conditions. Our surgical facilities were recently upgraded to top-of-the-line surgical technology and green energy initiatives. Our surgeons were trained at top medical schools and highly-sought-after residency programs. We have the know-how and the ability to perform the most comprehensive treatments with the best equipment available.
Contact our Los Angeles hand surgeons at (888) 529-1873 if you have specific questions or have been experiencing symptoms of trigger finger. We look forward to helping treat your condition and return normal functionality to your hands.
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