Trigger Finger Treatment in Long Island, NY
Trigger finger causes an abnormal tightening or curling of the fingers of the hand. The condition is caused by irritation of the tendons that reach from the forearm through the wrist and into tiny tunnels of the finger. These tendons may thicken or form nodules (lumps) that make it hard to move smoothly through the narrow passages. As a result, the finger may draw or curl in making the signature “trigger” shape.
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Causes of Trigger Finger
It is common for a trigger finger to become stuck briefly with movement as the tendon snags in the tunnel. You may have pain or feel a pop and notice the sudden straightening of your finger as the tendon passes through the narrow opening. Trigger fingers may swell or be more difficult to move after periods of inactivity such as the early morning.
The cause of trigger finger is not always known. Some groups of people are more likely to develop trigger finger than others. This includes women, people between 40 and 60 years old, and adults who have other long-term medical conditions like diabetes or rheumatoid arthritis.
Sometimes a trigger finger can develop after straining your hand, but the majority of cases develop without any previous injury.
Trigger Finger Treatment
Trigger finger may be treated with a variety of options based on your specific needs. Your doctor will start with conservative treatments first, then progress to more advanced procedures as needed.
- Rest: Some cases of trigger finger can be resolved by resting your hand. Your doctor may also prescribe medications to reduce inflammation or swelling and reduce your symptoms. Rest is usually a first option for treatment.
- Medications: Medications like non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications (NSAIDS) can be taken to reduce swelling and inflammation. NSAIDS are non-narcotic medications like ibuprofen and others. Your doctor will talk with you about these medications and determine if you are a good candidate for them.
- Steroid Injections: Steroid injections may be another option for patients who do not respond to rest and medications. Your doctor may inject a strong steroid into the tendon to reduce swelling. You may need more than one injection to resolve your trigger finger. If your trigger finger remains after two injections, you may need surgery to fix the problem.
- Surgery: Surgical treatment for trigger finger is personal and optional. Talk with your doctor about surgery and let your symptoms guide your decision. If you do decide to have surgery, the procedure is simple. Your doctor will likely give you a local anesthesia into the palm of your hand then make a small cut to reach the tunnel surrounding the tendon. The tunnel is cut and will heal looser than it was before making it easier for the tendons to move through without getting stuck.
- Physical Therapy/Manipulations: Through target therapeutic exercises and careful manipulations, your healthcare provider can relieve the pain associated with trigger finger.
Don't Let Trigger Finger Slow You Down
There is help for your trigger finger symptoms. Orthopedic medicine can help you find relief for this difficult condition. If you are ready to make a change and feel better, call (929) 244-4466 or contact Manhattan Integrative Medicine online.
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