At first, the symptoms will be mild usually with no pain but an uncomfortable feeling of catching when straightening the fingers. Other symptoms may be:
● Snapping, catching, or locking when bending and straightening the finger(s)
● Pain and stiffness felt when moving the fingers
● The formation of tender nodules, or lumps, at the base of the fingers near the location of the tendon sheath
● The symptoms of stiffness with movement are usually worse upon waking and lessen as the day goes on
● In advanced cases, a complete loss of ability of straightening the finger and a fixed position of the finger in a bent positionIf You Are Experiencing Symptoms, Schedule an Appointment Dr. Burke Orthopedics Immediately.
The treatment for this condition depends entirely on how far the disease has progressed, so seeking an early diagnosis and treatment is key. Treatments include:
● Discontinuation of any known activities that may be contributing to progression
● Steroid injections
● Custom splinting of the fingers
● NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs)
If non-surgical methods fail to relieve pain, you may opt to have surgery in order to help this condition. The surgery for this condition is called a Trigger Finger Release. During surgery, a minor incision will be made in the palm and a small cut to the tendon sheath in order to allow smoother motion of the flexor tendons.