Trigger Finger


What is trigger finger?

Trigger finger, also sometimes referred to as locking finger, is a condition that affects the tendons in your fingers, which can lead to limited finger movement. It occurs when one of the long tendons in the hand, called a flexor tendon, becomes inflamed which affects the tendon’s ability to move smoothly through the tendon sheath tunnel. As a result, the affected finger can get stuck in a bent position, and usually “snaps” to a straight position. In some very severe cases, the finger might get stuck in the bent position permanently or cause severe pain when using the hand and fingers. In many cases, treatments at EPTG can get you back to a pain-free lifestyle with improved range of motion in your finger.

What causes trigger finger?

Your hand is made up of various flexor tendons that help you to move both your wrist and fingers smoothly. Each of these tendons is covered with a protective layer that looks like a tunnel, through which the tendon can pass freely. However, when a flexor tendon becomes irritated and inflamed, the tendon is not able to pass smoothly through the tunnel. As a result, the tendon gets stuck at the mouth of the tunnel when you try to straighten your finger. When the tendon does slip through, the affected finger will suddenly pop straight out.

Although there’s no one single cause attributed to developing trigger finger, the condition may result from participating in activities that strain the hand.

What are the symptoms of trigger finger?

The symptoms of trigger finger may include the following:

  • Finger locks or stiffens in a bent position
  • Sudden “popping” or straightening of finger
  • Stiff fingers, especially in the morning
  • Tenderness or a bump on the palm of your hand
  • Inability to straighten out finger completely, in severe cases

Do I need PT for trigger finger?

Trigger finger treatment often include treatments to help you regain mobility and decrease hand pain. Our team will take a hands-on approach to trigger finger treatment and offer a wide range of treatment options to get you back to your normal activities.

If you are suffering from trigger finger, visit one of our locations. We are open six days a week and accept walk-ins so you can come in anytime. If you would prefer to schedule an appointment in advance, you can fill out the form on this page.

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