Trigger Finger

Thursday, June 08, 2017

Trigger finger is a condition in which a finger gets stuck in a bent position and then snaps straight. Dr. Edward Hill discusses trigger finger in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

Trigger finger, also known as stenosing tenosynovitis, is a condition in which one of your fingers gets stuck in a bent position. Your finger may straighten with a snap like a trigger being pulled and released.

Trigger finger occurs when inflammation narrows the space within the sheath that surrounds the tendon in the affected finger. If trigger finger is severe, your finger may become locked in a bent position.

Signs and symptoms of trigger finger may progress from mild to severe and include:

Finger stiffness, particularly in the morning

A popping or clicking sensation as you move your finger

Tenderness or a bump in the palm at the base of the affected finger

Finger catching or locking in a bent position, which suddenly pops straight, or

Finger locked in a bent position, which you are unable to straighten

People whose work or hobbies require repetitive gripping actions are at higher risk of developing trigger finger. Treatment of trigger finger varies depending on the severity.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.