What are the symptoms of Trigger Finger?
- Trigger Finger is a painful condition that causes the finger or thumb to catch or lock in a bent position.
- It causes soreness at the base of the finger.
- The most common symptom is a painful clicking or snapping when trying to straighten the finger.
- One or more fingers get stuck, especially in the morning when waking up.
Ask Dr. Budoff, the Hand, Wrist, Elbow & Shoulder Specialist
Trigger finger is a very common condition.
- Trigger fingers can occasionally get stuck in extension, making it difficult to fully bend the finger.
- A steroid injection is often effective initial treatment.
- The earlier the finger gets injected, the better the injection works. Injections work better if done within 4 months of the start of triggering, compared to after 6 months.
- Trigger fingers are associated with stiffness, so it’s important to maintain full finger motion.
- If an injection or two fails to cure the trigger finger, it can almost always be
permanently cured with a minimally-invasive surgical release.
If you choose Trigger Release Surgery:
- This is a quick, outpatient procedure that works extremely well.
- The finger can be used the day after surgery.
- To minimize pain, avoid heavy gripping or lifting for 2 weeks.
- The wound should be kept dry for 48 hours, after which showering is allowed.
For more information, call 713-800-1120 and book an appointment with
Dr. Budoff in the Houston MedCenter, Clear Lake, Pearland or Katy.