Trigger Fingers

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Trigger FingersThe human hand is a very complex part of the body. While the task of flexing a finger might seem quite simple, there are numerous tendons at work helping us accomplish our daily tasks. Trigger finger occurs when an irritated tendon thickens, making it difficult to glide through the pulleys that surround it. As the tendon becomes more irritated, the tunnel in which passes also becomes irritated. All of this causes decreased motion in the affected finger, causing it to catch in a bent position and pop or snap when it’s opened. Depending on the severity of the symptoms, steroid injection can be the solution for trigger finger. Injections are done in the clinic, and surgery is done as an outpatient.

Your Consultation

During the consultation with Dr. Lovelace, your fingers and hands will be assessed to diagnose the symptoms of trigger finger. You will be asked about your complete medical history and your daily experience to determine the best treatment plan.

Mild to moderate cases of trigger finger can be treated with splinting or steroid injections. Surgery may be recommended for severe cases.

Once your treatment program is finalized, you will be given special instructions on how to prepare for the session. Avoid non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications a week before your treatment, and refrain from eating or drinking for at least 4 hours before your appointment.

If surgery is recommended to treat your trigger finger, stop smoking for at least 4-6 weeks before and after the procedure. Avoid drinking alcohol for at least 48 hours before and after the surgery.

Trigger Finger Treatment Recovery and Aftercare

Patients should expect pain or soreness after a trigger finger treatment or procedure. Dr. Lovelace will prescribe pain medication to help manage the discomfort.

The fingers or thumb can move after the treatment, but patients should be careful in the first few days. Full movement of the fingers or thumb should return in one to two weeks.

The aftercare needed will depend on the treatment program provided during the consultation. For non-surgical treatments, protect the injected area for one to two days. Avoid putting pressure on your fingers as much as possible.

Patients recommended for surgery will need five to seven days of leave from work. Most patients can drive five days after the procedure. Strenuous activities like heavy lifting or sports can be resumed in six weeks.

After completing your treatment or procedure, it is best to avoid activities that may bring back symptoms of a trigger finger. These activities involve repetitive gripping, grasping, or vibrating handheld machinery.

If these activities are part of your profession, consult Dr. Lovelace for recommendations on protecting your hands and fingers.

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the long-term complications of a trigger finger?

If left untreated, trigger fingers can cause long-term complications, including persistent pain, stiffness, and loss of mobility in the affected finger. In severe cases, chronic inflammation may lead to nodules or even permanent deformation of the affected finger joint.

How long does trigger finger surgery take?

Trigger finger surgery can take 20 to 30 minutes per affected finger, but the duration may vary depending on the severity of the condition. Additional procedures like releasing the tendon sheath may be necessary.

Will I need physical therapy after surgery?

Physical therapy is not always necessary after trigger finger surgery. However, some patients may benefit from gentle exercises and stretches to improve finger mobility and strength during recovery. Dr. Lovelace will determine whether physical therapy is recommended based on your fingers’ response to the treatment or procedure.

What can I do to prevent trigger finger?

While trigger fingers cannot always be prevented, certain lifestyle modifications and precautions can help reduce the risk of developing this condition. These include maintaining a healthy weight, avoiding repetitive gripping or grasping motions, practicing proper hand ergonomics, taking regular breaks during activities that strain the hands, and incorporating hand-stretching exercises into your routine.

Additionally, treating any underlying conditions, such as arthritis or diabetes, can help prevent trigger fingers from occurring or worsening. If you notice any symptoms of a trigger finger, such as pain or a catching sensation in your fingers, contact us and schedule a consultation.

Contact Us to Learn More

To get an assessment for trigger finger in Fort Worth, contact New Leaf Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and schedule a consultation. Our team of medical professionals will be available to provide the best treatment to improve your condition.