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TRIGGER FINGER RELIEF

Trigger finger, also known as tenosynovitis, is an inflammation of tissue inside your finger or thumb. Tendons and synovium (a slick membrane that allows the tendons to move easily) become swollen, making it difficult to straighten the finger or thumb.

Overview

At Bone and Joint Medical Center, we will evaluate your individual situation to decide which treatment option will best relieve your condition. And remember, according to the Wheeless' Textbook of Orthopaedics Online, "dutifully applied non-operative treatment should cure well over 95% of trigger finger patients in a general orthopaedic practice."

Advantages Over Surgery
  • Shorter recovery times
  • Fewer or no missed days at work
  • Fewer risks and complications
  • Less scarring
  • No limitations or work restrictions
The Procedure

To evaluate your individual condition, the doctor will ask you to make a fist and then straighten your fingers. The affected finger or thumb may stay curled and then suddenly pop to a straight position. Or you may have to straighten it with your other hand. The doctor may also feel for tenderness and swelling at the base of the finger or thumb.

If your symptoms are mild, the doctor may have you rest the finger or thumb and may prescribe oral steroids and splints. If this does not reduce the swelling, the doctor may recommend anti-inflammatory injections, like cortisone, in the base of the affected finger or thumb. In selected cases an in-office procedure may be recommended which helps avoid an open surgery performed at a hospital.

Common Questions

Will my insurance provider cover non-surgical trigger finger treatments? Yes.

How effective are non-surgical trigger finger treatments? According to the Wheeless' Textbook of Orthopaedics Online, "dutifully applied non-operative treatment should cure well over 95% of trigger finger patients in a general orthopaedic practice."

Are non-surgical trigger finger treatments permanent? Reoccurrences are rare.

Additional Resources

Trigger Finger
http://orthoinfo.aaos.org/topic.cfm?topic=a00024

Trigger Finger/Tenosynovitis
http://www.wheelessonline.com/ortho/trigger_finger_tenosynovitis

Schedule a Visit

For additional questions about trigger finger relief or to schedule an appointment with Dr. Maxwell, please contact us at 517-263-0575. Our office is conveniently located at 227 Riverside Avenue, Adrian, MI in the heart of Lenawee County.

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