Every patient we see benefits from the experienced, individualized care we offer at MedStar Orthopaedic Institute. Our orthopedic hand surgeons all have fellowship training in hand surgery and specialize only in treating hand and upper extremity conditions.
We offer you a thorough diagnosis and will develop an effective, innovative solution—no matter how complicated your condition. If you need surgery, we offer the most advanced technology and techniques. We also help manage your healing process, which includes balancing your need to move your fingers for basic activities while also keeping them stable so you can recover completely.
What is trigger finger?
It refers to a medical condition that causes a finger to get stuck in a bent position and jerk suddenly back into place. In some cases, the finger may not be able to straighten out completely at all.
What are the causes?
This condition can develop when the protective covering surrounding the tendon in the finger becomes inflamed. This prevents the tendon from sliding back and forth smoothly when you bend your finger.
What are the symptoms?
The following symptoms may warrant a visit to MedStar Orthopaedic Institute:
- Stiffness in your finger joints
- Inability to bend or straighten the finger
- Feeling like the joints pop or crack
- A swelling at the bottom of the problem finger
How is it diagnosed?
Our initial exam generally includes:
- Medical history evaluation – This includes asking questions about how your fingers feel, whether you have other medical problems, and if you take any medications.
- Physical exam – Your orthopedist will examine your hand and fingers carefully, and ask you to bend and straighten your fingers.
What are the best treatments?
Treatment for trigger finger or trigger thumb depends on how severe the problem is and how stiff your fingers are. The orthopedic surgeons at MedStar Orthopaedic Institute will work together with you to determine what treatment options will be most effective for your condition. For less severe conditions, we will likely recommend any combination of non-surgical options, including:
- Steroid or anti-inflammatory injections
- Anti-inflammatory medications
For more severe conditions that do not respond to these treatments, you may need trigger finger release surgery. The expert orthopedic surgeons at MedStar Orthopaedic Institute will offer you the least invasive, most advanced, and most innovative surgical procedures. Surgery opens up the protective layer around the affected tendon to give the tendon more room to move. This will help it slide your finger back and forth without stiffening.
If you believe you may be suffering from trigger finger, call 202-295-0511 to schedule a consultation with one of our orthopedic specialists at MedStar Orthopaedic Institute. Our doctors have years of experience diagnosing and treating injuries and are pleased to offer comprehensive hand care in the Washington, D.C. area.