Dr. Allmon is a renowned hand and wrist surgeon serving the residents of Carrollton, TX. He has extensive experience in treating acute and chronic orthopedic conditions, such as Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, Mallet Finger, Trigger Finger, wrist sprain etc.

Trigger Finger

Trigger Finger or Stenosing Tenosynovitis refers to a medical condition wherein the finger or the thumb tends to lock as soon as it is bent. It is mainly caused due to the inflammation of tendons, which are connective tissues joining the muscles to the bones. The tendon is enclosed within a soft tissue cover called a sheath. The lubricating synovium within the joint allows the tendon to glide easily over the joint. However, if the tendon is swollen, the sheath becomes too narrow to hold it and leads to snapping of the finger when it is bent. Forceful use of the fingers by musicians, farmers, typists etc. may cause Trigger Finger. People in the age group of 40 years and above are more likely to suffer from the condition.

Causes Of Trigger Finger

  • Medical conditions such as Gout, Rheumatoid Arthritis or Diabetes
  • Inflamed tendons
  • Overuse of fingers/thumb
  • Grasping something too tight for a considerable period of time

Symptoms Of Trigger Finger

  • Pain, burning sensation and swelling in the finger/thumb/palm
  • Tenderness/soreness at the base of finger joints
  • Snapping or popping sound when the finger is bent
  • Inability to straighten or bend the finger
  • Visible bump on the finger or palm of the hand
  • The patient may experience stiffness when he/she gets up in the morning
  • Dislocation of the affected joint

Diagnosis Of Trigger Finger

The doctor may conduct complete physical examination of the affected finger to look for areas of pain, range of motion and any evidence of locking. He may evaluate the patient’s medical history to determine the potential cause of the condition. X-rays are generally not required for diagnosis.

Treatment For Trigger Finger

  • Use of a splint to restrict movement and provide support to the affected finger
  • Prescription of anti inflammatory drugs or pain killers
  • Application of ice packs at regular intervals may be helpful to reduce swelling
  • Injecting steroids into the inflamed tendon to relieve pain
  • Surgical widening of the tendon sheath or removal of scarred or inflamed tissue
  • Physical therapy may be recommended after splinting or surgery to restore flexibility

For diagnosis and treatment of Trigger Finger, visit Dr. Allmon. To schedule an appointment with the Carrollton, TX based hand and wrist specialist, you can call at (972) 492 – 1334.