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Trigger Finger Specialist

Maryland Orthopedic Specialists

Orthopedic Surgeons located in Bethesda, MD, Rockville, MD, & Germantown, MD

If you have chronic finger pain or a finger that gets stuck in a bent position, you might have trigger finger. To treat this condition and regain mobility in your hand, visit Peter Fitzgibbons, MD and the team at The Centers for Advanced Orthopaedics: Maryland Orthopedic Specialists Division. With locations in Bethesda, Rockville, and Germantown, Maryland, our orthopedic specialists can help you recover from trigger finger. Call or schedule an appointment online today for a personalized consultation.

Trigger Finger Q & A

What is trigger finger?

Trigger finger is a condition that causes one or more fingers to get temporarily stuck in a bent position, the way the fingers might look if you were holding the trigger of a gun. In some cases, trigger finger makes moving the hand and fingers difficult, if not impossible.

What causes trigger finger?

A protective sheath surrounds the tendons in your fingers. When this sheath is irritated or inflamed, the tendon can’t glide through the sheath, and trigger finger can develop. Over time, the sheath can scar and thicken, which may further impede movement.

You may be more likely to notice a trigger finger if you have a job that requires repetitive gripping or stressful hand motions, but there is no specific activity that has been shown to cause it. Women, people with diabetes, and those with rheumatoid arthritis are also more likely to develop trigger finger.

What are the symptoms of trigger finger?

Symptoms of trigger finger can be mild or severe, and may cause:

  • Stiffness in the affected finger or fingers
  • Popping or clicking noises when you move your finger
  • A finger that stays stuck in a bent position
  • Tenderness or pain in the palm near the affected finger

Trigger finger usually limits your movement, keeping you from using your hand the way you usually would.

How is trigger finger treated?

With trigger finger, the goal of treatment is to limit pain and swelling and to help you regain mobility in your hand. Depending on the severity of your condition, Dr. Fitzgibbons might recommend:

  • Cortisone injections: to reduce swelling and eliminate pain
  • Surgical intervention: minimally invasive techniques that release the “pulley” at the base of the finger
  • Physical therapy: stretching and movement exercises to relieve pain and enable full movement of the hand and fingers

With a team of expert orthopedic surgeons and specialists on your side, you can find relief from trigger finger and get back to your favorite sports and activities. To request a consultation, call the office or book an appointment online now.