Keeping Your Fingers Active
The human hand is complex yet so essential for daily living, but we often take it for granted. Early diagnosis and treatment of a hand or wrist issue may resolve a problem before it can affect hand function, and possibly prevent the need for surgery. That’s why it’s important to see our hand specialist for a condition or injury that may seem trivial.
Know the Signs of Trigger Finger/Thumb
Trigger finger and thumb are painful conditions that cause the fingers or thumb to catch or lock in a bent position. One of the first signs of trigger finger may be soreness at the base of the finger or thumb. Other symptoms include:
- Painful clicking or snapping when attempting to flex or extend the affected finger. This catching sensation tends to worsen after periods of inactivity and loosens up with movement.
- Locking of the affected finger or thumb in a flexed position or in an extended position as the condition becomes more severe.
Trigger finger occurs when inflammation narrows the space within the sheath that surrounds the tendon in the affected finger. Prolonged irritation of the tendon sheath can produce scarring, thickening and the formation of bumps (nodules) that impede the tendon’s motion even more.
How we treat the condition depends on its severity. Dr. Le is highly trained to evaluate, diagnosis and treat trigger finger/thumb using noninvasive therapies or minimally invasive surgery, if necessary.