When an individual’s finger or thumb gets stuck in a bent position – known as trigger finger – this can be very painful and disruptive to their daily activities. The formal name for this condition is stenosing tenosynovitis, but it is nicknamed “trigger finger” because the affected digit may bend/straighten in a snapping motion, calling to mind a trigger being pulled and released. Those experiencing this condition may wish to explore non surgical treatment for trigger finger with an orthopedic expert.
Is There a Non Surgical Treatment for Trigger Finger?
Trigger finger develops due to inflammation in the affected digit’s tendon sheath, which may lead to some or all of the following symptoms:
- Restricted movement
- Digit stiffness/palm tenderness
- Popping/clicking with attempted movement
- A bump at the base of the digit
The good news is, there are numerous options for non surgical treatment for trigger finger. Conservative strategies that an orthopedic specialist may suggest to help restore normal finger function include:
- Taking time off from activities that involve grasping/gripping
- Managing pain and discomfort with nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medication
- Doing stretching exercises to increase finger flexibility and mobility
- Wearing a finger splint to reduce strain on the tendon
While many patients report a major improvement in their symptoms after trying these first-line treatments, it’s wise to be under the care of a trained orthopedic surgeon in case they fail to provide full relief. In this case, trigger finger release surgery or steroid injections may be the next recommended step in the patient’s treatment plan.
Get Attentive, Individualized Orthopedic Care from Dr. Soffer
For patients in the Reading, PA area, Dr. Stephen Soffer offers a full range of nonsurgical and surgical treatments to help resolve pain and dysfunction caused by trigger finger. His extensive training included a sports medicine fellowship with world-famous orthopedic surgeon Dr. James Andrews, under whom he learned how to provide advanced orthopedic care. Dr. Soffer is also board certified in orthopedic surgery.
If you’d like to learn more about him and schedule an appointment, you can reach our office at 610-375-4949.