How Do I Know I Have Trigger Finger?

Trigger finger is a painful condition that can easily disrupt your daily life. With early diagnosis, there are treatment options available to help you find relief, including trigger finger surgery Scottsdale. When experiencing pain or discomfort in your hands or fingers, how do you know it is trigger finger?

What is Trigger Finger?

Trigger finger is caused by the narrowing of the tunnel that supports the tendon which flexes the finger and can cause pain along with increased inflammation of the tendon.

What are the Symptoms of Trigger Finger?

Symptoms of trigger finger include soreness at the base of the finger, swelling of the finger, a popping sensation in the finger or thumb, and/or pain when bending or straightening the finger.

What Causes Trigger Finger?

People suffering with rheumatoid arthritis and diabetes are more prone to developing trigger finger since these increase the swelling around the tendon. Repetitive activity such as playing sports and forceful gripping such as driving often can bring on trigger finger as well.

What are the Treatment Options for Trigger Finger?

There are some non-surgical treatment options for trigger finger that you can start with such as medications, using finger braces, and even hot and cold treatments. In addition, there are also exercises you can do at home to help alleviate the pain associated with trigger finger. You want to focus on exercises that strengthen your tendons such laying your hand palm down on a flat surface, then lifting each of your fingers one by one. Focus on even strength in your fingers and emphasis on your injured finger.

You can also use a tennis ball or stress ball and hold it in the palm of your hand, squeeze the ball for 5 seconds and then release. Repeat this exercise about 5-10 times a day for best results. To work your abduction muscles, spread your fingers wide apart and draw them in together to make a fist, then repeat.

Some severe cases of trigger finger will require minimally invasive hand surgery. The Endotech Nerve Release System is a much safer approach than traditional surgery as it will not harm the surrounding tissue. With this process, you will be able to treat trigger finger with a small incision that will only require a small bandage, and the recovery time is only one week.

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